A Romp of Otters


River Otter leaving the water - Jeff Wendorff PhotographerIf you have seen otters you’ll have to agree that this is a perfect collective noun! On my wildlife photography workshop in April we had an otter to work with. It was one of the most difficult wildlife sessions ever, this guy never slowed down! Run, run, run, eat, run, run…you get it. Yikes, I felt fortunate to get these few shots. In October we (PAW – Photographers Alliance Workshops) will be offering another chance to join me photographing wildlife in Montana. Perhaps now that the otter is a few months older, he’ll slow down…not too likely! You can get the full details on how to join me on this awesome workshop…HERE. In case you were curious:
  • Average life span in the wild: 8 to 9 years
  • Size: Head and body, 21.75 to 31.5 in (55 to 80 cm); tail, 11.75 to 19.75 in (30 to 50 cm)
  • Weight: 11 to 30 lbs (5 to 14 kg)
  • River otters can hold their breath for up to 8 minutes.
  • River otters spend two-thirds of the time on land and can run at a speed of 18mph (29 km) an hour.
National Geographic has a ton more information on the otter…HERE. [nggallery id=46] The workshop was held on private property in California and you can see where we were, just don’t try to find the otter because he is back home in Montana! [xmlgm ngg_gallery=46]

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