We’ve been enjoying a family of Otters that we see from time to time. This year there were five of them who came by fairly often. We’ve seen them swimming, catching fish, diving off the ice into open patches of water, sliding across the ice. Recently I saw one by our shore. It had a bit of a cave to take off from, and a hole in the ice. I hear it taking great gulps of air after a dive, and then realized that I could actually see it swimming out under the ice, and then returning. I got a photo of it returning to shore without seemingly having caught anything, but with arms by its side as, I gather, is the way they swim. It’s not of the highest quality photographically, but I think it’s rather a remarkable picture. When I googled “Otters Ice” there were lots of pictures of Otters on ice, and taken under water, but none through the ice, so this may be a special picture nonetheless.

Location: Pigeon Lake
Observer: Patrick Gray

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.