Sunday, April 24, 2016

We otter go boating and watch dolphins

We went out early in the morning with the otters to see if we could find dolphins to watch. Boy! Did we ever see dolphins. The otters chirped with excitement when they saw the dolphins.

This video is after we were heading back from dolphin watching to have a nice BBQ lunch on the boat in a lovely cove in Binunsalian Bay Puerto Princesa Palawan. See more videos on this page.

The otters love to just hang out on the boat with us, their non furry family.

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Oh here are some of the dolphin shots!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Otter enrichment and family fun

April- 2016 - With the creek dried up, we are "forced"  to take the otters on the banca out into Turtle bay with us when we go out. It's good for their enrichment activities. These otters were rescued as blind and deaf pups, as all otters are born that way. I don't recommend them as pets. Asian small clawed otters mate for life and if their clan is separated, it is very stressful on them and they are used to being with at least 10 siblings and their parents for up to 10 years.

The otters will not go off the boat in the deeper waters. But will play around and on the ladder. This one wound up on the steering wheel, just hung out there.

Rather than be cooped up in their enclosure, we take them with us on the banca. They were rescued when just a week old. We are their furless family. They are sisters.

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The otters are happy to hang out on the boat while we snorkel in the clear green sea.

We brought the paddle boat so the kids could ride around in it and the otters went along for the ride. Always peering over the edge but not willing to jump in.  Hard to see, but one of the otters is hanging over the edge at the top left of canoe.
This is not a normal environment for Asian small clawed otters, but rather than leave them at home in the enclosure. We bring them along on the boat. We do dock in the mangroves when we can so they can catch crabs.
Beautiful Binunsalian bay, just at the neck of Turtle bay.

One otter taking a nap while the other in back top right checking out the water bottle.
This is what lie under the boat! I wonder what the otters would do if they saw this clam!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015


The bay where the otters are from is under threat by a large development which will affect their food chain, and the rest of the delicate ecosystem therein.

In the meantime, we take the orphaned Asian small clawed otters out for exercise, and to forage in the bay, until they are released. After about two hours, they jump back in the boat, and are ready to go back home for a nap.

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If the ocean park gets built at Turtle bay, we will not be able to release them back from whence they came.
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Orphaned female Asian small clawed otter looking for something to eat.
This is how an otter puts on the brake!! 
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Asc otter feeling under a rock for a crab.

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The otters can hold their breath under water now for up to 3 minutes.

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Otter looking to catch some fish.

Nocturnal - vulnerable

Here is the video of the otters swimming in the mangrove cove.