Otter with octopus by inthecloud5

Otter with octopus

Probably the best wildlife day ever :)

This is one of the otters we saw this afternoon with an octopus that it brought from the sea on to the rocks to eat.

We got a call from the otter guide this morning who said he was sitting looking at 2 otters, so we jumped in the car and got to his location as quickly as we could. With his help and expertise we followed the otters, a mother and her two cubs, along the rocky shoreline of the bay as they dived for food and brought it on to the rocks to eat. The octopus was a bonus, the guide said he'd never seen them catch and eat an octopus at this location before!

The wind was in the right direction so they couldn't detect we were nearby and we had the most incredible close-up encounter with them. All three of them were together at one point, rolling around on the rocks in front of us.

One of the things I really wanted to do this holiday was to get photos of otters but as soon as we saw them I didn't think about the camera and settings, I just wanted to watch them and soak up the experience. Luckily the camera did its stuff and I came away with a few photos as well!
What a thrill and privilege to be able to see this... I hadn't realised that they were happy in salt water as well as fresh.
June 19th, 2019  
AmazIng capture.
June 19th, 2019  
@vignouse it was indeed 🙂 They fish in the sea but need to be near fresh water to clean themselves so their holts are always near a stream running down to the sea. Plenty to eat around here so they seem to be doing well.
June 19th, 2019  
What a fantastic experience - and I'm so pleased you remembered to take some photos :) fav
June 19th, 2019  
Fantastic timing for a fantastic capture
June 19th, 2019  
What a wonderful experience. Amazing shot
June 19th, 2019  
Terrific nature shot
June 19th, 2019  
Fabulous shot !
June 19th, 2019  
amazing, lucky you
June 19th, 2019  
Such a stunning shot and awesome experience.
June 19th, 2019  
wow
June 19th, 2019  
Astonishing!
June 19th, 2019  
Brilliant!
June 19th, 2019  
Wow, what an amazing picture and I'm so happy for you, that you had this wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing
June 19th, 2019  
What a catch for both of you.
June 19th, 2019  
How fantastic of an experience. Photo is terrific, but even better was your narrative about what you'd been doing.
June 20th, 2019  
What a great capture
June 20th, 2019  
Wow what a great opportunity to see this with your own eyes! Nice capture!
June 20th, 2019  
Great capture
June 20th, 2019  
What an incredible experience - Shetland is def on my bucket list now!!
June 22nd, 2019  
This is a great shot. How lovely to see them at such close quarters
June 23rd, 2019  
that's amazing - such a great shot too. @fbailey I've seen otters on Skye
June 29th, 2019  
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