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What is it?
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-07
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Pentax Kr
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-06 18:39
Viewed: 2552
Points: 22
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As most know I am mostly in a wheelchair and cannot trek down to see this creature closer. At first I thought brown bear (yes it is that big) so I sent notes to Rick Price and Kathy Meader. both said no it wasn't a bear but aquatic. This thing is at least 5 feet long, maybe 6....so I looked up giant otters and found some but nothing like it is indigenous to this area. I was using the best lens I had with me. I wish it had been better. Good Eye to Pat Cruttenden for spotting it while we were out on a drive at Turnbull Wildlife refuge.

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Hello Bob

First of all I am happy to see you on TN
again and hope you will come more often,
if Rick could not find the real species
of this animal I can not found for sure,
probably an aquatic giant rodent, for sure
it is an amazing creature with its fur, TFS


Ciao Bob, nice see you here my old friend, great capture of cute creature in lovely pose, I never see before, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Bob,
I'm happy to see you again. Interesting photo of the animal. Nice point of view.
A lot of details.
Have a nice Sunday,

really a beautiful photograph. is it capibara (biggest rodent rat) i cannot spot correctly. may be. Head is not really exposed. good work.

Hi Bob
my best guess would be dead Otter with a hugely distended postmortem belly, other possibilities being Canadian Beaver or Nutria. Still the neck is closest to Otter but it should not exceed 1 meter in body length, so less than 4 feet. But as you know as a Nature guy it happens easily to be wrong on size.
All the best
Edit: by magnifying the image I think I can see long Canine teeth which would make it definitely an Otter

Tom seems to be closer to reality in reacting to this capture, Bob.
Silvio's 'lovely pose' does not fit in describing the scenario since the animal is apparently dead and dead animals do not look 'lovely' in my reckoning!
I'm happy to see you posting.
Hope you are keeping well despite the wheel chair.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-07 2:31]

Hello Bob,
Fantastic to see a new posting from you.
Dramatic scene of this dead Otter.
The photo is very good. Great sharpness and beautiful natural colours.
Wish you all the best,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-07 5:04]

hello Bob,
Very nice to see a picture from you again. A special one, must have been a quite big surprise for you too.
Cannot help with ID, but this dead animal (his soul must be floating over this fine meadow ) looks to me like some kind of big Otter.
Kindest regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-07 20:18]

Hello Bob,
It's encouraging to see a post from you once more, hope you guys are doing OK out there in Washington. I was up in your old stomping grounds (Cuyahoga Valley National Park) yesterday with the grandkids and had a great time.
Trying to identify your unlucky critter is a little difficult, since the most important part (the tail) is not shown. Looking at the feet and what I can see of the teeth and body, I also lean towards an otter.

Hi Bob,

The animal is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the animal. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. May be, it is a muskrat qhich is an aquatic rodent, it has a long tail. Have a nice day.


Hello Bob,
Really its a confusing subject to me also.Details,clarity and colours are beautiful.TFS.
Best regards,

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