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    Default River Otters

    I had no idea that otters are so large , came across a pair tonight about two meters in front of me when wading .

    Ok so no point fishing this spot , the river has high banks so could not climb out, so i decided to wade on by .

    As I did the water was getting deeper and darker and become like a scene from jaws every now and then bubbles would show close to me ,,,,,,, OK i admit it - I bottled it
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    They’re surprisingly big when seen up close, more so if seen out of the water!

    James Williams says in his book the Otter - “ The body of the Otter is large.Adults weigh more than foxes, sometimes nearly twice as much”, he reckons that on average they weigh about one and a half times as much as a Fox.
    I found this quite surprising when I first read it.

    We have a healthy population in my local area and I am usually lucky enough to see them several times a year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tonsils View Post
    ...The body of the Otter is large.Adults weigh more than foxes, sometimes nearly twice as much”
    ... which is why they are so good at keeping (the much smaller) mink away.


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    A dog otter can be a big ole’ b’gr and I don’t blame you for getting out of the water because if one decided to have a nibble you’d more than know about it (and it has been known to happen) . When there were otterhounds whipper-ins or anyone that entered the water sometimes used to have pockets sewn into gaiters .Into these pockets they used to put strips of fired clay, these were’nt there to protect the shins but the saying/belief was once an otter heard/felt the crack he would let go
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    The otter numbers have increased on the almond over the past few years, they are a lovely creature it's nice to see them going about.

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    They are really cool to watch but from a distance .
    Not bothered that i was there at all , this is what worried me i just kept thinking they might want to play or worse if any young ones around get aggressive and take a bite out my new waders
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    I came across one last season in a small river. I was up to my manly bits in water. All I could think of was this video, and that's just a small one. I got out the water sharpish.


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    Glad I got out ,
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    Generally speaking I found if you don't bother them they wont bother you, just don't get yourself between a ***** and her pups or she will chase you out of the river at best

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    I actually know of two anglers night fishing for sea trout in Devon who were killed by an otter. The first angler was attacked and the second hearing his screams thought he was just drowning and went to his aid not realising the danger. All they found in the morning was part of one foot in a wading boot and an empty bass bag.

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