Midnight on the pond
People are often amazed to learn that river otters inhabit the ponds, streams, and nearshore waters of Martha’s Vineyard. The most common questions we are asked are: “How many are there?” and “Why don’t I ever see them?”
These photos, taken by a wildlife camera in a secluded section of Edgartown Great Pond, sum it all up for you:
Notice there aren’t any markings on river otters such that you could tell them apart by looking at them. Some may be a little larger than others, but in most photos, they look like “Darrel, Darrel, and his other brother, Darrel.”
If you are thinking the otters are active at the same places each night, they aren’t. The camera was in place for 10 days, and the otter activity occurred on one night- the 21st of July. For every two weeks we have a camera here, we may get 2 or 3 visits by otter(s).
These fawns that visited on the 29th were a sweet surprise..