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Growing up!

It’s July and the otter pups are growing up! Liz Hardman sent in this beautiful photo of an otter pup in Murdoch Valley, where she has been lucky to see a family fairly regularly. According to Liz, the pup had been learning to fish, accompanied by its mother. Here, the pup follows its mother back … Continue reading »

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Cape Point critters

Over the last few weeks, I have shifted some of my camera traps to Cape Point. An extensive and productive coastline, rocky shores, an abundance of reed beds and little disturbance makes this an absolute paradise for otters. Here are some of the better photos of otters and other critters caught on cameras in the … Continue reading »

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Some inspiration…

After the icy UK and a few (necessary) desk-bound days, I am itching to be out and about in the field again! I have heard from numerous residents of otters sighted along the coast in recent days and while Cape Town is looking particularly beautiful, I cannot wait to do some ‘otter spotting’ myself. Here … Continue reading »

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Otters on the Liesbeek!

A mere 300m down the road from busy restaurants and shops in Main Street, Newlands, an urban river – the Liesbeek – meanders through suburbia. The Liesbeek has its source on Table Mountain, above Kirstenbosch Gardens. It joins up with the Black River in Observatory, and flows out to Table Bay via Paarden Eiland. It … Continue reading »

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Otters in the news…

Full Circle magazine published an article on the Otter Project in their March issue, showcasing beautiful photos of otters from Liz Hardman and Matt Lewis. Check it out online here!

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Ottering in the UK

In the United Kingdom, the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) is considered Near Threatened and therefore the focus of many research and conservation efforts. Otters disappeared from parts of Europe throughout the 1900’s and were declared locally extinct in certain parts of the UK and Netherlands by 1988. After extensive research, studies showed that the decline … Continue reading »

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Summer fun with otters, fish and crabs…

The past few months have been a busy time for the Otter Project, with field work well underway. In addition to collecting otter scats for diet analysis and sign surveys for occupancy modelling, we need to have an understanding of what prey is available for otters around the Peninsula to test whether prey availability could … Continue reading »

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Langebaan’s Otter

As I have mentioned before, otters are extremely vulnerable at this time of year (November – March). Newly born otters are only just learning to forage and are still dependent on their mothers, and one-year old otters from the previous years litters are just starting to disperse. The dispersing yearlings are in danger of encountering … Continue reading »

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Otters of Murdoch Valley

There appears to be a family of otters living just past Simonstown. They frequent Windmills beach, Partridge Point and a certain freshwater spring somewhere in between. Residents in the area have spotted them numerous times and it is very exciting to watch their family grow and develop over time. A big thank you to Liz … Continue reading »

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More on the Pringle Bay otters.

In July last year, I posted one of Liam Cornell’s photos of an otter in Pringle Bay. Having sighted one again at the end of last year, Liam wrote to me with the following story and photos: “I had the strangest experience with an otter at Pringle Bay at the end of last year. I … Continue reading »

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