Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Notes blog has a great two part entry about otter tracking, “A Big Day for Otter 451” featuring, of course, otter 451, a recently released rehabbed pup. It features some great pictures of 451 and an entertaining narrative about the ups and downs of otter tracking–which apparently entails long stretches of fruitless scanning peppered with flurries of activity!
According to the post, otters tend to do better after they have been released a second time, needing at least one trial run, in which they no doubt discover that foraging in the wild is MUCH more difficult than having your food delivered. A lesson we all must learn. Be sure to check out part two of the article too.