Shortly after crossing the lake at sunrise I noticed a flock of gulls take off in mid lake. They were quite some distance away but after they flushed I observed that something was still swimming and diving as it traveled towards the western shoreline.
Thinking that it may be my first loon sighting of the year I headed the boat in its direction. Moments later it surfaced and much to my surprise it was an otter!
Otters were nearly exterminated from Pennsylvania by the late 1800’s with only a small remnant population remaining in the Pocono Mountain region. Beginning in 1982 efforts to return otters to suitable habitat commenced and the effort is ongoing. This occasion is the very first time I have ever encountered an otter in the wild in Pennsylvania.
The encounter left me surprised and thankful; thankful that I had witnessed an extremely rare creature in the wild and doubly thankful that I had been able to capture a few memorable images of the moment.
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