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River Otter

river otter diorama

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September Morning, Ontario, Canada

As morning mist veils a lake in Algonquin Provincial Park, a young female river otter comes ashore and inspects a spider web. More aquatic than their close relatives, mink (diorama at far left), river otters use land only as a latrine and a bed, snatching sleep during the daytime in dens or beaver lodges. Most hours are spent swimming, hunting fish or playing in fresh and coastal waters, where they are widespread.