Otter sighting

North American River Otter live in East Texas. However they are said to be extremely shy and very rare. So rare in fact that Texas Wildlife asks to report sightings. I had wondered if they even inhabited the lake where I go paddling in East Texas, and if they did could I even hope to see one? At the very end of 2021, I was on my kayak, silently paddling the very shallow and boggy part of the lake, in the early morning, hoping for a beaver sighting.

Then I saw a little head poking out of the water. Smaller than a beaver, with very big whiskers. When it did stick its whole neck out of the water, there was no doubt: a river otter! And I was not even trying! This apparition filled me with joy for days.

East Texas River Otter
River otter in very shallow water.