Asian Short Clawed Otters

Lily, Pickle and Cub, the Asian Short Clawed Otters are resident here at Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium.

Asian Short Clawed Otters are native to Asia and can be found in coastal regions from southern India to South China and througout South East Asia. They are the smaller than our native European otter and live in extended family groups with offspring from previous years helping to raise the young. Our Asian Short Clawed Otters are excellent ambassadors to help us promote Otter conservation as they are more active during the day than our native European Otter.

Otters have been adapting to their environment for over 2 million years, making them effective hunters on land and perfectly suited to life in the water. However, unless we look after them and their habitats we could lose some Otter Species.

By far the most common Otter is the Eurasian Otter, so named because they were once commonly found from the West coast of Ireland to Japan. However the Eurasian Otter, like all other Otter species, is under constant threat and is now extinct in Belgium and Switzerland, with population numbers outside Europe currently unknown.

Did You Know?

Otters have two layers of fur, an outer waterproof layer to keep them dry and a thick, inner layer to keep them warm

Plenty more fish?

Overfishing and damaging fishing practices threaten many British marine species.

Fun Fact

Otters are the only truly aquatic members of the Mustelid family- which also includes weasels, stoats and badgers.

Did You Know?

Otters have two layers of fur, an outer waterproof layer to keep them dry and a thick, inner layer to keep them warm

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Did You Know?

Otters have two layers of fur, an outer waterproof layer to keep them dry and a thick, inner layer to keep them warm

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Plenty more fish?

Overfishing and damaging fishing practices threaten many British marine species.

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Plenty more fish?

Overfishing and damaging fishing practices threaten many British marine species.

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Fun Fact

Otters are the only truly aquatic members of the Mustelid family- which also includes weasels, stoats and badgers.

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Fun Fact

Otters are the only truly aquatic members of the Mustelid family- which also includes weasels, stoats and badgers.

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