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EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: Written by Matthew Swart for SafariNow

On the morning of 14 July 2015, I had a beautiful experience on Cape Town’s Scarborough beach – an extended interaction with 4 otters!

otters
© Matthew Swart

In 15 years living in Scarborough I have only twice caught brief glimpses of single otters.

This was a complete treat, a full romp of them in a mood to engage. They were extremely confident and inquisitive, it felt like they were keen to move right up to me, with only the startled barking from Inca, a large Anatolian Shepard at my side which kept them at bay.

otters
© Matthew Swart

They swam and bounced like amphibious meerkats, large and lopey on land, but playful and safe-at-home in the shore break.

otter cape town
© Matthew Swart

With their impressive whiskers and perky personality, they reminded me of the Lorax from Dr Seuss!

otter cape town
© Matthew Swart

We all gazed at each other for quite some time, before the raft took off and swam out into the deeper waves, and I went to join my work tribe.

Here is a video of the otters:

httpv://youtu.be/yaBSSriuQiQ

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