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Author Archives: Nicola

Christmas pups!

The festive season was a busy time, even for the otters around the Cape! For the second year running, residents have been reporting otter pups out and about from November – February. Most of these sightings have been confirmed by camera traps, or from photos taken by residents themselves. As the gestation period for otters … Continue reading »

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Beautiful Cape Town!

In my never ending search for otters, I am lucky enough to spend most of my days scouring beaches, rivers and mountains for any evidence of their existence. So yesterday I took advantage of Cape Town’s sunny winters day by hiking Table Mountain and exploring Millers Point for a while: changing cameras, collecting data and … Continue reading »

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As otters do not have an insulating layer of subcutaneous fat, they rely on their fur to regulate their temperature. They therefore spend a lot of time grooming, rinsing and cleaning their fur – quite endearing behaviour! Here are a few photos of otters caught on camera trap, rolling and playing before disappearing into their holt.

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Winter’s field work

Over the last three weeks in my attempt to survey the Peninsula for any and all signs of otter activity, I have had the great pleasure to be out and about hiking Table Mountain and surrounding areas in the heart of winter. Despite being completely soaked most days due to rain, hail and wind I … Continue reading »

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Urban hazards

Last week, an injured Cape Clawless Otter was found in Lakeside, not far from the Westlake Pond where our camera traps have been monitoring what appears to be a healthy family with 2 or 3 eight month old pups. The otter had been seen limping over the main road, up towards the mountain and into … Continue reading »

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Photographing Otters…

Photographing otters can be a time-consuming, tricky business. Their secretive nature and crepuscular lifestyle generally makes them difficult to spot, let alone capture on film. However, some people have been fortunate enough (through hours of dedication and/or a splash of luck) to photograph otters in their natural habitat. Over the course of the next few … Continue reading »

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Otters on the Marina

Over the past few months, many residents from the Marina da Gama area have reported sighting of otters in and about the Marina. Pups have been sighted, adults otters feeding on crabs and fish and even reports of otters teasing the dogs. One resident, Gerald Gooderham, remembered that about three years ago, he was lucky … Continue reading »

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Cape Point otters on the move

A recent visit to Cape Point one morning  revealed a flurry of activity on both sides of the Park. The Buffels Bay otters left many signs, tracks and scat indicating they had been foraging early morning making the most of the low tide. Similarly, fresh tracks found on the beach indicated that at least 5 … Continue reading »

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Otter Update

I recently provided some information to Scenic South updating residents on what has been happening with regards to my otter research. See the link here: http://www.scenicsouth.co.za/2012/03/cape-clawless-otter-researcher-calls-for-otter-spotters-in-south-peninsula/ As explained in the update, last year, Scenic South presented the beginnings of the Otter Project in the Cape Peninsula: a project initiated by the University of Cape Town’s Zoology … Continue reading »

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Otter stranded in Strand

A young otter was found stranded on Strand beach last month by local residents and handed in at a nearby pet store. The SPCA was then called in to attempt to revive the youngster who was very malnourished and dehydrated. However, the young male was too weak and despite the dedicated efforts of the SPCA team, the … Continue reading »

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