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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Safrica » Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:52 pm

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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:19 am

We stayed in the Southern Drakensberg for this past long weekend and there were 4 CCO's swimming around in the little dam surrounding the cottage.
Does their diet include fish as well as we were told they only ate crustaceans?
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby iNkwazi » Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:34 am

They have a taste for crabs and frogs, and less commonly eat fish. The shells of the crabs are crushed with the strong cheek teeth and everything is eaten. They also eat birds, bird's eggs and insects. (Google info)

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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby bishop3006 » Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:38 pm

They most definitely eat fish as well! That is one of the things you can id them on. CCO eats from the head, small spotted from the tail. Except barbel - both eat them from the tail. They actively hunt and catch the fish. When you've got drought and fish concentrated in shallow water otters can wreak havoc, and you see half-eaten fish everywhere. :evil:

And crabs are also an indicator of which species. CCO eats everything, including the shell/carapace. Small spotted, with their smaller mouth, don't tackle big crabs, and leave the shells. So if you see crab shells it is either small spotted, or even water mongoose, while if you see lots of crab shell remnants in the dung it is most likely CCO.
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Winny » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:12 pm

Stayed in Tent 21 at Lower Sabie for one night only on 4th Sept - a fantastic view (must be a contender for best accommodation in the camp?) and we had great fun listening to a choir of hippo in good voice throughout much of the evening. In the morning, having packed up the gear and loaded the car, I went back onto the balcony for one last fond farewell to the view. Level with our tent towards the far side of the river I could see a disturbance - and seconds later 2 otters raced out of the water onto the bank being chased by a hippo!

The otters merrily skipped around and soon had a healthy lead, and ran back into the river, swimming downstream. A great sighting - but all the cameras, camcorder and binoculars were in the car! :wall:
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Flutterby » Thu May 06, 2010 11:47 am

In March this year we went to Kruger and one of the things on my son's wish list was a CCO. Having never seen one in all my visits to KP I kept my opinion to myself. You can imagine my shock when he spotted one on the low level bridge over the Sabie river just outside LS. :big_eyes: :dance:

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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Winny » Thu May 06, 2010 3:19 pm

Great photos! Great sighting too! :-)
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Jonathan D » Thu May 20, 2010 2:24 pm

I also had the privlage of watching a otter in the kruger by hippo pools. and he was also bothering a croc. he kept sneaking up behind and nipping his tail, and then diving out of the way before the croc got him. he then started circling the croc just out of his reach as if to tease him. the croc eventually moved off. he gave us all a good laugh. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :) :) :) :) :) :D
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:18 am

We saw this chap in the Crocodile River in front of Ngwenya in late May this year.
It was initially out the water and frolicking around on the rocks, but with the camera inside we just stood and gawked and only later ran for the camera. :slap:
Unfortunately in all the excitement the pic is not great quality. :(

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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Flutterby » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:35 am

Elsa wrote:Unfortunately in all the excitement the pic is not great quality. :(


At least you got to see it and will always remember it! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:49 am

And a great memory it was too, being my first CCO in Kruger. :dance:
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby otterspotter » Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:23 pm

Hi Everyone
Probably the easiest place to see CCO's is at Storms River. We had a night there just a few weeks ago and was able to watch three otters for quite a while. Crept quite close and got a few photographs

Of course the thing to do is to look for them around the restaurant area about half an hour before the sun rises

In the sea their main food is crayfish followed by crabs and slow moving fish, while in the rivers crabs mostly followed by fish

My best photographs however have not been in a national park however.

Check out Africa Geographic Feb 2010 edition

But if there was any place to get good shots then Storms must be it
I will see if I can post later

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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby otterspotter » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:49 pm

Here are two of the three otters I saw at Storms River
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Jonathan D » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:17 pm

Awesome
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby otterspotter » Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:16 pm

Well its official guys, at the moment its not so hard to see CC otter in Kruger. Sorry need to drop down the mega tick status a little. The is an otter or possibly two that is currently regularly sited an Nkuhlu. The tea room being so close to the river. I have just returned from my Kruger trip and the otter was sighted every day fishing in the morning :dance: . Generally my advice is go there for breakfast around ten and focus your binocs downstream (east) Hopefully you will see them

However a trial to photo as the light is never right. However I will post in the near future. I was able to get a few shots


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