I think with the abundance of Sea Otters around Tofino, River Otters are often overlooked. We've been getting visited frequently by this mother and her pups. She's got at least 5 with her most of the time, and they seem to be thriving.
River Otters are lighter than Sea Otters. They weigh in at around 14kg. They spend around 1/3 of their lives in the water, and den on land. They have a wide diet, including fish, shellfish and birds.
We see these guys more frequently in the mornings. This makes capturing in a photograph tougher, as the low light and their constant movement result in blurred images. I love this image though, where the mother was below me happily chomping through her breakfast.
Keep your eyes peeled around the Jamie's Whaling Station dock in the mornings and see if you can spot the bubble trail these animals create when swimming underwater.