Asian Otters

Since we both love animals so much, and I tend to spend hours and hours video taping and photographing them in various places around the world (country thus far), we’re going to start posting some of our favorites, along with additional info for fellow animal lovers :)

SeaWorld San Antonio closes for the season tomorrow, and a well-timed break in the cloudy weather got us out and over to enjoy it! After stumbling across these little guys – tucked back past the seals and sea lions – we might have to go back tomorrow, I’m in love!

Cool Facts (from the Monterey Bay Aquarium website)
Asian small-clawed otters live in female-dominated groups, also known as lodges. A lodge typically consists of four to 12 individuals. In the lodges, otters are social and playful. Couples mate for life and usually produce two litters of two to three pups each year. These family groups stay together with the older siblings helping to raise the younger ones, though they don’t reproduce on their own. The group splits up only when one of the parents dies. Gestation period is about 60 days. The newborns open their eyes at six weeks and begin to swim at nine weeks. Unlike the African spotted-necked otters, Asian small-clawed males help raise the offspring from day one.

These otters are considered to be the most vocal of the 13 otter species. They can emit a dozen or more calls, each with its own distinct meaning such as alarm, greeting and mating calls.

Rice farmers are tolerant of small-clawed otters since the otters feed on crayfish that can damage rice fields. Fishermen train otters to drive fish into nets.