I saw an otter on the ice today!

Friday, 11 December 2020

I walked down to the river this afternoon, fixated on the gorgeous scene before me. The open water, between ice sheets, was black but at the right angle, reflected the shoreline.

Open water between two ice sheets reflecting trees from the shoreline.
© WQuinn 2020

A blob of black, on the ice to the left of the open water, caught my eye. A beaver…no, it was longer and, just then it slid through a hole in the ice, disappearing into the depths of the frigid water. An otter!

It’s been years since I saw one. There was a time, not long ago, a family of river otters lived on the river. I would watch them play on the ice. They reminded me of seals playing on ice that I had seen on TV. And in the summer when I would take the boat out, they would bark at me. I recall one time while I was walking along the nature trail next to the river, I must have been close to their den because one of them became agitated and barked at me, bobbing up and down in the river until I moved on. I had no idea if it would attack and wasn’t about to stick around to find out!

Ice flows on the river.
Photo of the day, 11 Dec 2020 ©WQuinn