I assume that these posters I’ve put up brought you to my humble otter blog,
SO before you go on to record your otter sighting (or if you’re just here out of interest), here’s a short tutorial to confirm the sighting of the animal. They’re often mistaken for other animals such as the moniter lizard which may appear to be an otter to an untrained eye.
There are two things to look for in an otter,
1. Round, brown, glistening head out of water.
Unlike the moniter, which has a scaley head and pointed snout!
2. It swims dorso-ventrally (ie. up and down movement)
A monitor lizard swims laterally, meaning, side-to-side. Notice that it keeps its head above the water the entire time. An otter will usually bob its head up and down, surfacing for breaths.
If you are now confident of your otter sighting, record your sighting HERE!
Tell your friends, spread the word!