North American River Otter 2

gandjcarr wrote on 1/3/2014, 11:28 AM
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Width: 1280
Height: 720
Duration: 01:03
Format: mp4

Here I had moved my camera much closer to this river otter.  Clearly it did not see me as a threat.  Their teeth are razor sharp, and this animal could have caused me extreme damage in a second if it had chosen to.  It obviously saw me as simply a person taking some images and it chose not to attack me.  Go figure?  Animals know when you are trying to kill them and they act defensively.  The also know when you respect them and mean no harm, so this one let me shoot this video without any agression.  How amazing is that.  An animal is feeding, I am close to it, and it just lets me stay there and film.  Incredible!!!

George

Comments

nirvanray wrote on 1/9/2014, 12:56 PM

Lovely video and lovlier introduction...you are indeed so right, animals can sense if they are to be harmed but if they are comfortable to the person they are free going and at times evenwelcoming. 

Like the look of the ottter-wild yet sweet.

But does otther attck human being or are they shy animals...

Is you camera on tripod?

gandjcarr wrote on 1/9/2014, 3:50 PM

Hey Anirban, thank you for the comments.  I actually should have put the camera infromation in the video details.  Yes, I used a tripod for this and the other otter video.  Video shot at 720p (1280x720) Nikon D5000 camera, Nikon Nikkor AF-S zoom lens 18-200mm lens aperature f3.5-f5.6.  This shot was at approximately 125mm.

River otters are relatively shy and a little bit slow on land but incredibly fast in the water.  Their primary diet is fish that they catch.  They are trapped and hunted for their pelts so althoug leery of humans, they would not typically be agressive towards humans unless they felt threatened or needed to protect their young.  Probably more about these animals than you cared to know.

George

Funnywico wrote on 1/24/2014, 6:26 PM

Incredible is the right word! Those animals are normally very shy, isn`t it? I think it`s not easy to see them that close! Great and interesting!

Dirk