Tuesday, October 27, 2009

O is for Otter

Wikipedia has this to say about otter:

Otters are semi-aquatic (or in one case aquatic) fish-eating mammals. The otter subfamily Lutrinae forms part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, as well as others. With thirteen species in seven genera, otters have an almost worldwide distribution. They mainly eat aquatic animals, predominantly fish and shellfish, but also other invertebrates, amphibians, birds and small mammals.

The word otter derives from the Old English word otor or oter. This and cognate words in other Indo-European languages ultimately stem from a root which also gave rise to the English words water.[1]

Some of you might like to know that Oter, which is mentioned above, is also the current Norwegian name for this very animal.


Today's post is an entry in the FIFTH round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.

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47 comments:

John said...

Lovely shot. I've seen sea otters off Monterey in California but I've never seen one in England.

Morten Pedersen said...

Morsomt med den oteren som står på steinen.

imac said...

Wonderful shot Rune.

Sylvia said...

Wow! I love those little creatures. In my laguage is marmota, so has a little similarity.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

It is a beautiful animal and your photographs are superior of it. Nice post. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

amatamari© said...

They are just beautiful:gorgeous photos!

Leslie: said...

Fabulous shot of the otters. I'll have my post up later, so be sure to check in. :D

Mara said...

Sleek and beautiful animals. Well caught.

photowannabe said...

I love the way these graceful creatures have posed for you. Great composition and colors Rune.

Beverley Baird said...

Great shot. A lovely animal - fun to watch perform!

Malyss said...

In french, loutre. How lovely! The one on the rock seems to be listening to you carefully while you're speaking about it!
A very nice shot!

Reader Wil said...

Otters are interesting animals and it's a pity that we don't see them here in my country. This photo is beautiful and mysterious at the same time. Thanks for the extra information.

Sylvia K said...

I love otters! And this is such a great shot! I have otters on my blog today, too, they were having such fun in the water!

Interesting information about the otters, too, thanks for that!

Enjoy!

Sylvia

Gallow said...

O is for Outstanding. The photo is outstanding, and the Otter is out standing on a rock. (Sorry I couldn't resist.)

I've never seen one out of the water like that, but I haven't seen a lot of them in person. I like the photo.

VALKYRIEN said...

Å så fine! De er virkelig noen festlige dyr - ihvertfall utfra hva jeg har sett på TV!

Flott bilde! Han ser ut som om han ber han på steinen! :)

Anne said...

Å næmmen nææææ så utrolig søt den var da Rune, og for et foto, snakker du om mannen som er rask på utløserknappen!!! :-) fotoverdens svar på Lucky Luke!!!

PERBS said...

What a neat catch!

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Venter han på en matbit han som står å gjør seg til for fotografen der? Stilig kar som folder hendene i håp om en matbit :)

Heges fotoblogg said...

Skikkelige sjarmører i pels dette. Godt bilde. Jeg prøvde å ta bilde av oter i sommer og det eneste jeg fikk tatt bilde av var en krusning på vannflaten *ler* De er utrolig kjappe i bevegelsene. Her ser det derimot ut som om de venter på noe spesielt - en matbit kanskje? :)

Barbara Martin said...

I have seen Otters in western Canada along the British Columbia coast. They can be quite playful in the water and sometimes will hang around fishing boats.

lynnwiles said...

Otters and amazing water reflections - a treat for the eyes.

Lew said...

Great detail in this shot! And again you have brilliantly captured the water!

Lara said...

they are SO cute! and your photo captured them gorgeously!

Ida said...

Herlig sjarmør, den godeste Ottar..... ;)
Flott fotografert.

Dagrun said...

Å så flotte bilder av Ottaræn (utt. med trykk på ÆN). Han står jo der og beskuer sitt publikum, til og med søt var han.

SparkleFarkle said...

Your post makes for my new, favourite color: "Otter Blue"!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I have never seen an otter in the wild, only at the zoo. They are such playful animals and lots of fun to watch.

Q said...

Your Otter photograph is wonderful.
They are very fun animals to watch. I love the way your Otter is standing up....
Sherry

Nutty Gnome said...

Beautiful photo of beautiful creatures! I love otters :)

Nice to catch up with your blog again - there are some fantastic photos that make me long to visit Norway and see them for myself.

Carolyn Ford said...

What cute captures of one of my favorite creatures! Nice capture on the little guy standing upright! I have seen them in the Monterey, California area, both in the wild and at the aquarium there. Beautiful photograph!

Anne-Berit said...

Har du sett så fine de var,og den oppå stenen ser ut som den står og ber,hehe:) Fint bilde:o)

Roger Owen Green said...

WAY cool. Actually really love the rock.

Lene said...

Jeg er imponert. Sto du bare der og ventet og så dukket de opp? Eller var det de som bare sto der og ventet på fotografen, kanskje ;) Flott bilde i alllefall :)

Og nå er ABC siden oppe og går.

Ha en fin kveld :)

Hildred and Charles said...

Oh my, what a beautiful photo - I sigh with envy.

jabblog said...

Otters are such enchanting, entertaining animals. I saw some on the Isle of Skye many years ago - they made my day!

Joy said...

That is the most fabulous shot I have ever seen of otters. You must have been very patient to observe this.

Shelley said...

That is a terrific shot! This is my first time to your blog, but I will bookmark it and be back again!

Shelley @ Shutterbug
http://shelleyslens.blogspot.com

Tumblewords: said...

Terrific capture. Aren't otters the most fascinating?

Judi said...

Outstanding! I only see these in captivity. They always look like they are having such fun. Thanks for the post.

RennyBA's Terella said...

Great contribution and very well captured Rune!

jay said...

That's a great post! I have always loved otters - my favourite book as a child was 'The Otter Book'!

Interesting info about them, too!

detroit dog said...

GREAT photo!

The Things We Carried said...

I so wanted to say O is for something fabulous that starts with O for this GREAT picture! But I am stuck with G :).

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

I've never seen an otter standing on a rock like that - reminds me of a meerkat.
If you get the chance, look out for Gavin Maxwell's book "Ring of Bright Water" which is a book about otters in Scotland - I think there is a film version but the book is better.

Wenche said...

Dette var eit flott bilde!! Godt gjort å klare å få eit bilde av dei sidan dei er så raske. Morsomt med en oteren som står på steinen.

John said...

Meget flott fanget. Veldig artig positur du har denne oteren i.
Kom over en 7 uker gammel 70-300 VR her om dagen så det kommer nok litt andre bilder fra denne kanten etterhvert også :)

AKO said...

Så häftigt att du har fått se dem på riktigt och att du hade chansen att fota dem också! Jag blir nästan lite avundsjuk. ;)