At The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary we have 2 North American Otters, Isla and Lewis.
Our Otters are found throughout Alaska, Canada and the northern United States, and are hence named the North American River Otter. They are slightly larger than our native European otter and are probably the most numerous Otter species in the wild.
These animals are effectively hunters on land and perfectly adapted to life in the water, the Otter has been adapting to its environment for nearly 2 million years. Unless we look after them and their habitats we could lose some of the Otter Species.
By far the most common Otter is the Eurasian Otter - so named because they are found from the West coast of Ireland to Japan - though it, like all other Otter species, is under constant threat from:
- Loss of habitat through urban development
- Water pollution and river bed engineering
- Disturbance of breeding sites from recreational activities
- Accidental deals - i.e. road kill, drowning in eel nets etc.
Things to Do
- Meet our Otter duo up close - watch out, they are cheeky!
- Watch our Otters hunt for their food as part of their daily enrichment
- Enjoy the playful Otters target feeding
- See how they wash their food before eating it - clever little chaps!