River Otters Coast to Coast
If you fish Florida's river's or even close coastal waters you've seen river otters. Did you know they can attack a human?
This story originally came from the San Francisco Chronicle where it talked about the utter cutness of one of our own water creatures - the River Otter. Hell, said I; we have river otters in Florida. What's so special about river otters? Granted, they're cute little guys and girls, and it's fun to watch them swim around. They seem doclle enough and though I am certainly not a tree hugger I can see why it's a little gross to trap them and skin them and wear them as cloaks of some sort, but to each their own.
The story out of the San Franscisco Chronicle is about organized eco-tours to spot them. They're actually cute little things, so canoe and kayak trips are organized to try and find them. Here you will find them on river less populated by man; the northern rivers like the Suwanee are a good place to try. South try the estuaries on the west side that empty the glades into the Gulf or on the East Coast the same canals we catch Peacock bass in often hold otters.
But doing a little research on Otters brings up the dark side of these little creatures. First, yeah, you can get one and keep it as a pet. How weird that is is depends on who you are and if you are crazy enough to cuddle with an animal that can bite you, because bite you they can.
There are actually some strange stories out there about Otters. One about otters attacking people and there actually being records of such attacks can be found here. This document is actually published by TheOttersAttack Group.