At The Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium we have 3 Asian Short Clawed Otters.
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.
The biggest threats to Otters are:
- Loss of habitat through urban development
- Water pollution and river bed engineering
- Disturbance of breeding sites from recreational activities
- Accidental deaths - i.e. road kill, drowning in eel nets etc.
Hopefully, with a better understanding of Otters and the dangers facing them, we can all do our bit to help the plight of our own native Otters and their relatives around the world.
Things to Do
- Meet our Otter trio 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 if you can tell who's who from our Otter family!