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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Hoya UV - 58mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-22 15:23
Viewed: 3788
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an Asian Small clawed otter.
I got this shot at the Cotswold wildlife park. A lovely area is dedicated to about 6 of these otters, including some young cubs.

Also known as the Oriental Small Clawed Otter or the Malaysian Small Clawed Otter. The Asian Short Clawed Otter is the smallest of all otters, measuring a mere 65-90cm, and hardly ever reaching 5kg. Unlike the Eurasian Otter its front feet are only partially webbed, but it has short claws for digging in the mud and lifting rocks. If you ever get close to an Asian Short Clawed Otter take a look at its front feet closely: they are masters at using these front paws to catch prey, and are the only mammals other than the primates to use these with almost human dexterity. They are very group orientated, and as many as 15 can be seen together although it is more common to find groups of 4-8. Their birdlike squeaks help them to locate each other in the wild, but their social vocabulary goes much further than this and they have developed something like 12 or more different calls.

Research has shown that the groups are composed of a dominant pair together with offspring from successive litters and it is thought that the males and females pair for life. They have large litters of 4 or 5 cubs, and can produce 2 litters per year, with commonly both parents bringing up the young; however, unlike the Eurasian Otter they are not very good at rearing these young.

Asian Short Clawed Otters live in a variety of diverse habitats from mangrove swamps to small streams and marshy areas, searching for crabs and small fish. They are largely nocturnal, returning to the cover of the bankside vegetation during the day.

Troubles exist in Asia for these otters: they are killed for their pelts and for their organs which are believed to have medicinal value. Also there are threats due to pollution and habitat destruction.

Size: 65-90cm
Gestation: 9 weeks
litter size: 4-5 cubs
Weight: 2.7 to 5.4 kg

Diet: Crabs, Molluscs and other bottom living organisms.

Notes taken from www.otter.org

Thanks for looking

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-22 15:31]

A beautiful Portrait of the Otter. Excelent details and composition. Your focus is tight even up to the whiskers, great job.!!!


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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-22 15:36]

Lovely pin sharp image Alan, great fur texture, good note too.
Thanks for sharing.

Great portrait of the Otter, Alan.
Very nice composition and great sharpness. Very good and informative note.
Very well done.

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  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2005-03-22 16:45]

great picture of a lovely animal. Well done

Very nice Alan, always difficult to get the exposure right on wet otter fur, but you have done well on this, nicely composed with good detail and natural colour.

Alan, Composed well with very good sharpness & details..It's a great profile shot! Excellent note..Thanx!!

A very nice portrait on this otter. Detail is very sharp with the water droplets on his fur. I really like the tight crop and framing. Nice Work!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-22 23:11]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Great PoV and composition, very sharp.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks Alan.

Hallo Alan!
Great wet shot! Good job!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-23 6:09]

Excellent capture Alan! Great furdetails and very good composition. POV & DOF are great. Well done & TFS!

Great shot, they are so cute and funny.
Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-04-01 15:06]

Hi Alan
Otters are cute and fun, I would love to point my lens at one sometime. We do get them in SA, 2 species, but they are not common, and then skittish to boot. A lovely mugshot you gave us of this friendly guy. Go try and trun your picture around, and notice the difference in impact on the viewer if you look across the open space and then settles on his face.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-04 13:00]

Alan, this is a cute and lovely shot. Excellent composition, pov and sharpness.


A beautiful photo of this otter, Alan. It is rather strange that, when wet, their fur looks like feathers. I have noticed this on a few aquatic mammals. Great composition, detail, and subject. Thank you.

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