SH5941 : Otter in Afon Glaslyn

taken 7 years ago, near to Prenteg, Gwynedd, Great Britain

Otter in Afon Glaslyn
Otter in Afon Glaslyn
This is a sight I never thought I would be lucky enough to witness, an otter (Lutra lutra) in the wild. I had parked the car and walked out onto Pont Croesor to photograph Afon Glaslyn. Having taken a couple of pictures of the river I could hear a steam train approaching on the recently restored Welsh Highland Railway. Whilst waiting for the train I glanced beyond the bridge upstream and to my amazement I spotted an otter surfacing in the river, it quickly submerged and I thought I'd love to get a photograph of this elusive creature. As the otter appeared to be swimming downstream I waited and scanned the waters below me hoping to spot it again, by now I also had one eye on the approaching steam train. After about three minutes I spotted a ripple in the river and then the otter surfaced right below me, long enough for me to take three pictures. Unfortunately I didn't have a longer zoom with me so have cropped this image. The quality has held up reasonably well.

I'm not an expert but my guess is that this is a male dog otter due to the broad head.
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Date Taken
Friday, 19 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 23 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 5931 4133 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:57.0509N 4:5.7320W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 5928 4135
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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