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 Post subject: Cape clawless otter
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:58 pm 
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This past weekend i was lucky to see my first two Cape clawless otters. I spotted them on the wier in the Sabie River at the last section it can be viewed from the tar road just before the S28 turn-off. I first noticed two crocodiles on the bank that looked very agitated. On a closer inspection i could see one of the otters was trying to bite or do something to irritate the croc. The croc was trying to grab the otter but it was too fast for it. The otters proceeded onto the concrete weir and over the other side. It was great to witness the courage of the brave otter. Unfortunatley it was a bit too far for photos. Has anyone else seen otters in the Park, as i think this sighting is very rare?


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Wow!

That is a super sighting indeed! :clap:

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Seeing an otter, in my opinion, is about as big a tick as a pangolin - probably better!

Lucky b@%&rd!! :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Funny thing, we have Cape clawless otters on our golf course - we see them at least once a month, mostly early morning- so I would never have thought that they are a prized sighting !! :? :?


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I came across this after reading up about the annual Pel's survey conducted along the Olifants river.

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a Giant Kingfisher hovering and diving like a Pied Kingfisher behind 3 Cape Clawless Otters.


They are not commonly seen in Kruger by any means. Elsewhere they might be seen on regular intervals.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:40 pm 
What an awesome sighting, Yves!!! :mrgreen:
I only once saw an otter in Kruger….I was in my teens, visiting the park with my parents (I didn't even like the park in that time :shock: ). I cannot remember where it was, but we crossed a bridge and saw the otter in the water below….suppose this is a once-in-a-lifetime sighting and I had my chance :cry:


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:mrgreen:

Most of us are still "virgins" in that respect, I would presume!

Well done! :dance:


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I had the priveledge of seeing 2 swimming in the river at the Kruger park lodge...about 6yrs back though.
Tried ever since to spot them again :)

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Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:05 pm 
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Cape Clawless Otter – the source of the name of the Otter Trail, this shy and elusive species hunts crabs along the park’s coastline and rivers alike.

One of the five things to seek when visiting Tsitsikamma National Park the Parks home page at www.sanparks.org tells one.

To see otters in their natural habitat is for me one of those wishes one carries with one when visiting a SANPark with the hope of catching a glimpse of a rare sighting. I honestly never expected to see any on our trip mid July 2008 – after all others were always the lucky ones....

So, there we were just relaxing on the veranda of our ocenette at Storms River enjoying the last of our brekkie. My eye caught a movement in the water amongst the rocks below... a seal I thought! Oh cool! Then he was gone. No! There he was again, peering through a crevice in the rocks. Seals don’t scamper along the rocks!!! That is an otter!!!
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We followed this little fellow along the coast for probably 200m.

He met up with his buddies in a large gully and we watched as they swam around in the rough waters – often being thrown about. What a delightful group! There were five in total. They’d climb on the rocks and then be washed off. They looked so carefree. They reminded me of a group of teenage boys who were on their first adventure from home ....
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And then they were gone – diving amongst the waves.

Later that afternoon from the viewing deck near the restaurant, in the gully below, I noticed four little familiar heads bobbing about in the swirling white water.

For the next twenty or so minutes, the adventurous four kept the crowd enthralled. Workmen put down their tools, SANParks staff paused their daily tasks and everyone just watched in wonder.

The crowd had gathered at the edge of the rocks ... and the otters played to their audience. They posed for pics, dived into the ocean, climbed back onto the rocks ... like well trained performers.

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As the four teenagers swam off further into the bay without a care in the world, I turned to one of the SANParks staff and said; 'not something you see everyday?' He replied – 'no, this is front page news' :D

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WoW, DB, what a spectacular sighting!! 8) And a spectacular series of pix of them, too. I've seen sea otters along the US west coast, and land otters frolicking in the snow in northern New Hampshire, but as yet, no RSA otters :( Yours are a special treat! :dance:


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Wonderfull sighting DB! Truly spectacular!

I have seen them twice, but always just a glimpse, and then they are gone!
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Thanks, DB, great pics and also enjoyed the vid. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Link to video of Cape Clawless Otters - put together by Hawk :D

When the link opens, bottom right of black window is a 'google' icon, select that and then 'original size' to view the video in better resolution.

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Super stuff tannie D!

Almost as good as our flying squirrel with Martial Eagle back pack. :twisted:

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