Wrestling river otters attract a crowd at Ogden Point – Saanich News
Davis Pow and his family were visiting Victoria on Friday afternoon when they discovered a delightful riot near the Ogden Point Breakwater lighthouse.
A lively trio of otters tossed and struggled on the water, much to the family’s delight. The Coquitlam resident quickly got out his phone and positioned himself to record a video.
VIDEO: Davis Pow and his family were visiting #VictoriaBC on Friday afternoon when they discovered an adorable riot beneath their feet near the Ogden Point Breakwater lighthouse. It turned out that a trio of otters were fighting on the water. #yyj pic.twitter.com/mCn941Hpns
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Pow said other passers-by stopped to watch the show, and it wasn’t long before a crowd of onlookers had formed.
BC is home to two species of otters – the river otter and the sea otter. Despite the species’ name, river otters like the ones Pow sighted often thrive in salty ocean waters, and many live along the Victoria Waterfront.
Sea otters, on the other hand, are a rare sight on the coast of southern Vancouver Island. The furry species were nearly wiped out by 19th century traders along the BC coast, but the population has steadily increased over the past few decades.
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Pow and his family loved taking a moment to admire the local wildlife.
“My partner and I lived in Victoria for many years and we love to visit again,” Pow told Victoria News. “Moments like this are one of the many reasons for this.”
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