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Pteronura brasiliensis - Giant Otter | by Roger Wasley
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Pteronura brasiliensis - Giant Otter

One of the most exciting encounters during our trip to Brazil and Argentina was finding a family party of 10 Giant Otters in the Amazon. From the comfort of a motorboat we were searching the banks of the vast Rio Cristalino and its tributaries just after dawn. The boatman and our guide spotted the group at the same time and, after cutting the engine, we were able to drift silently to within 10 metres of the otters as the youngsters played under the watchful eyes of their parents.


The Giant Otter is endemic to South America. It is found throughout the Orinoco, Amazon, and La Plata River systems, which range from east of the Andes mountains in northern Argentina north to Venezuela and Colombia.


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Taken on October 3, 2015