18 September 2011

Your otter sightings wanted!

Yes! We have wild otters! A brand new facebook page, OtterWatch has been set up to gather your otter sightings! This is part of Meryl Theng's project to study Singapore's otters.
Where have otters been sighted in Singapore?

Otters are regularly sighted at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve! I had magical moments watching these otters play right in front of me at the freshwater pond at the Visitor Centre!
Smooth otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) playing
Here's a great video clip shared by Andy of one eating a fish at Sungei Buloh!

I also saw one at Woodlands Park!
Smooth otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)
I spent quite a long time watching this beautiful animal at Pulau Semakau!
Smooth otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)
I've also seen otters at Chek Jawa, last month and yesterday. Also at Changi!

Ivan highlighted an otter sighting submitted to Stomp seen at Woodlands Waterfront Park yesterday. They have also been sighted at Kranji Nature Trail, Pasir Ris, Punggol, Pulau Ubin.

Sadly, one was found dead at West Coast Park in May.

Not sure if what you saw is an otter? Meryl has just posted on some tips on how to distinguish an otter from other large marine animals you might see on the shore.
Water monitor lizard (left) can look like an otter (right).
Otters are out there! Just keep an eye out for them and please contribute your otter sightings! And tell your friends about OtterWatch!

More about our otters and more posts about otter sightings.

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