With all this Vancouver rain lately, the seasonal depression has been pretty real for me. Looking through vacation photos and this one stuck out. It reminded me of how happy I was in the moment and to focus on the thought that even though things are feeling gloomy right now, there will always be good times waiting around the corner! Who else gets hit with seasonal depression and how do you cope?? #tbt
#AnimalADay#drawing today is the #SeaOtter ! How cute 🤗
The “enhydra lutris” is a mearine mammal closely related to the weasel. It is one of the few mammals to use tools, as it will use a rock to dislodge prey or open shells. Unlike marine mammals, otters do not have a layer of blubber, but have the densest fur in the animal kingdom, up to a million hairs per square inch. They eat 25% of their weight each day to keep up their high metabolism. #otter#copic#pentel
#tbt Last week I spent an outrageous amount of time watching this adorable otter play with a tub of obstacles and treats. Spoiler: she gets her treat in the end! And then I tried to capture a beautifully fogged footbridge behind her home. Even on a rainy day, the Adirondacks are a gorgeous place to be. #otter#rainydayactivity#adirondacks#thewildcenter
A photo unlike all the otters 🤦♀️(sorry, I couldn’t resist). Honestly not my best photo, but I was so excited to see an otter! I would have missed it, but a wonderful couple walked up the trail to tell me what I was missing down below (waaay down below at the bottom of a bluff). The older gentleman pointed to the spot where he’d last seen the otter, then quietly made his way back down the trail. I had just a few moments to appreciate (and photograph) the otter just before he slipped back into the ocean. It’s wonderful when complete strangers connect over their love of nature.
River otter, Rocky, is training with his caretakers to target through the glass in his habitat - a new and challenging activity to keep him engaged and active. Rocky touches his nose to the target and is rewarded with a fishy snack. This new behavior will also assist his caretakers during Rocky’s regular wellness check ups. 📷: Rachel Sides, carnivore caretaker #ottersofinstagram#otter#ambassadorsofawe#okczoo#training#animalcare#careconnectconserve