Octavio Salles Photography

Photo Tours in Brazil

Otter antics

Posted by campossallesfotografia on 23 de June de 2010

The sinuous Rio Negro in the Pantanal is inhabited by 2 species of river otters: the famous Giant River Otter and the less famous Neotropical Otter. They are both extremelly agile in the water, being able to swim very very fast, submerging at a place an resurfacing some 100 yards downriver in a matter of few seconds. While their giant counterparts are usually in groups, the smaller Neotropical Otter hunts alone.

We followed this Neotropical Otter a while downriver, with silent electric motors. Eventually it caught a fish and went to the shore to eat it – our best chance for photos!

We were able to get very close and get some good shots.

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