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Story Behind the Photo: River Otter

River Otter, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa Springs, FL

River Otters are quite possibly some of the most entertaining animals to watch. On a recent visit to the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, I thoroughly enjoyed watching a pair of otters swim laps in their habitat. Perfectly equipped for aquatic life, river otters have dense water-repellent fur and a streamlined build allowing them to reach roughly 5 mph when swimming. Back and forth, criss crossing each other’s paths, the otters seemed to really be enjoying themselves, and showed us all a thing or two about how to quickly do a flip turn. While this pair was enjoying the freshwater springs from the Homosassa River, river otters can live in both freshwater and saltwater habitats. As long as there is an abundant food supply and easy access to water nearby, they seem adapt well to an array of aquatic environments.

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