Beautifully Camouflaged Otter On The Isle Of Mull, Scotland, UK

 

Beautifully camouflaged otter on Mull, Scotland
Mull Otter among the Seaweed

You may have seen my last posting, An encounter with the magnificent White Tailed Eagle on Mull, but here is the real reason I went to Mull, to fulfil a childhood dream of seeing a wild Otter!

This is a photograph of the European Otter, Lutra lutra. I drove from Kent, England to the Isle of Mull, Scotland with the aim of seeing these beautiful, but shy and elusive animals from the Lutrinae subfamily of the Mustelidae family which includes Weasels and Wolverines. On the last day of my 10 day trip, searching for an Otter for several hours a day, I came across this male, foraging among the Kelp Seaweed on the edge of a Loch, and what a wonderful experience it was. You can see how well camouflaged they are against the brown of the Seaweed and the granite rocks, which make them such a difficult animal to spot, certainly worth the long drive and the huge amount of patience on my part :0)

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Beautifully Camouflaged Otter On The Isle Of Mull, Scotland, UK”

  1. Every time I’m reminded of otters I think “Otters are my FAVOURITE animal !”. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks so much, Kent, for this glorious photo. I can well understand the drive to photograph one !!!

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    1. Much appreciated M-R! I think they should be everone’s favourites! It was sheer bloody mindedness and determination which resulted in this sighting. it was fantastic – a childhood ambition realised :0)

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      1. I’m really happy for you ! I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a nature photog. of such expertise that when you DO track down something you love, you know you’ll do it justice. Just keep doing it, OK ?!

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  2. And to think we almost polluted them out of our rivers altogether. Everybody should read Tarka the Otter and Ring of Bright Water. And it seems everyone should go to Mull. Fabulous photo. Just reward for your perseverance, James.

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  3. Many thanks indeed Andrew – your comment reminded me of my only Otter joke, for which I apologise in advance ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Q: Have you tried Chicken Tarka?
    A: It is like Chicken Tikka, but a little ‘Otter….Boom Boom!

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