African Spot-Neck, Otter

On A Stick
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Also called the Speckle-throated Otter, this otter was roughly 3 feet (1 meter) from nose to the tip of its tail. The Spotted-necked Otter is in decline, mostly due to habitat destruction and pollution.


African Spot-necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis) external link   •  Habitat: Sierra Leone to Ethiopia, south to South Africa   •  San Diego Zoo external link San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 21 February 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:49:25 Wednesday 13 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_9287
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Looked Around
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An otter stood up to look around. Despite the angle that made it appear to look at human viewers, it actually was looking at other otters.


African Spot-necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis) external link   •  Habitat: Sierra Leone to Ethiopia, south to South Africa   •  San Diego Zoo external link San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 21 February 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:50:27 Wednesday 13 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_9293
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A Yin Yang Pair
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Two otters when viewed from above created the appearance of a yin yang.


African Spot-necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis) external link   •  Habitat: Sierra Leone to Ethiopia, south to South Africa   •  San Diego Zoo external link San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 21 February 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:50:28 Wednesday 13 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9862
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Swam Away
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The otter slipped away in the water, almost resembling a thin stick.


African Spot-necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis) external link   •  Habitat: Sierra Leone to Ethiopia, south to South Africa   •  San Diego Zoo external link San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 21 February 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:50:52 Wednesday 13 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_9296
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