By Elleda WIlson
Posted: December 16, 2011
“A family of FOUR RIVER OTTERS put on an impressive fishing clinic for Astoria locals Friday afternoon at MILL POND,” DAN MORGADO told the Ear.
He and his wife, SHELLEY, “spotted the four otters giving chase to a frightened carp. The carp was captured once and escaped, but four against one proved too challenging for the reeling fish,” Dan reported. “It was captured again just moments after its daring flee to safety. The second catch proved fatal as the otters, working as efficiently as a pack of wolves, hauled the 14-inch carp onto the piling structure of our home. From there, they sectioned the carp into shareable pieces, looking more like savage hyenas than lovable and playful river otters.”
Dan’s photos are above, of “the catch” and dinner time.
“The feeding frenzy lasted for about 45 minutes before the otter family retired to happy frolics and the cat-like cleaning duties which they are better known for,” Dan continued. “Many passersby stopped to watch the spectacle, hoping to glean fishing tips from the impressive anglers.”
Reprinted with the permission of The Daily Astorian of Astoria, Oregon.