This morning while on a bicycle ride through the “wilds” of suburban Sarasota I had the pleasure of watching an adult River Otter (Lutra canadensis) lope across Cooper Creek Parkway in front of me. The otter came out of a wetland to the south (right on this aerial image) and then run to the median of the road. There, as he attempted to cross the road and continue north he encountered some traffic that convinced him that crossing the road was a life-limiting activity. Wisely he turned around and went back to the artificial wetland. I was lucky and got to watch him twice.
The yellow pin shows the location of today's River Otter sighting. Not exactly in the middle of the wilderness
Spring Creek east of Rice Lake Wisconsin. I learned more basics of biology along this stream than anywhere else on earth.
River Otters just being River Otters
The contents of an Otter toilet
An Otter pelt. This picture was downloaded (without attribution) from Google Images.