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European otter

European otter
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Copyright: Fred Hardaway (Deon01) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 27] (159)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-03 7:30
Viewed: 5214
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
(Lutra lutra)

Otters are one of the most playful animals, often appearing to take childlike enjoyment in sliding around on muddy banks or in snow.

Life span : Up to 15 years.

Head and body length : 80-130cm, Weight: 5-12kg.

Although conforming to the basic mustelid body shape of a long, slim body and a skull with powerful jaws, otters show numerous adaptations to aquatic life. These include webbed toes and a powerful rudder-like tail, used for propulsion under water. Otters are capable of closing their ears and nostrils while underwater. They have two types of fur; stout waterproof guard hairs and a dense, fine underfur which provides insulation. Their fur is chestnut brown and is slightly lighter on the belly.

Apart from fish, otters also feed on crustaceans, water birds, frogs and voles. They can use their whiskers as sensing organs underwater, to monitor the movements of prey.

Otters are solitary and are active at dusk and during the night. Although they occasionally come out in the day, they usually rest in a burrow in the river bank called a holt.

Otters breed all year round, with a gestation period of about 63 days, after which two or three cubs are born. These are blind at birth and are covered in a dark or grey downy fur, finally opening their eyes after 35 days.

The cubs will remain inside the holt, in a nest of straw or weeds for a further couple of weeks, before venturing out into the open with their mother. The cubs are weaned after three to four months and reach sexual maturity after two to three years.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-03 13:26]

Hi Frederic,
He's a beautiful Otter. I love watching them play around, they never seem to stop. A nice shot, the exposure is perfect, it's so easy to get burned whites with these animals. Nice soft colours, good detail and DOF.

Very beautiful shot. Peaceful atmosphere. Sharp and detailed. TFS

je ne peux m empecher de regarder toutes tes photos frederic!
j adore la composition de celle ci!
merci encore

Cool other shot. He lookes very relaxed. Nice POV and DOF

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