- Before the morning fog cleared, the resident otters were out at Red Bug Slough. This one first swam out to the point of land north of the preserve’s pond, where I think the otters have their den, back across the pond, and finally to shore, climbing onto higher ground. Two others raced on the other end of the pond, the frontrunner diving under the surface first.
The pair of river otters (Lontra canadensis) soon swam under the bridge for the canal that led to a larger pond close to the preserve. The family was out for a total of about two minutes, leaving just as the fog lifted and well before the first parkgoers at the preserve, except for this photographer and an early morning fisherman.