underwater wonder

An amazing animal to observe is the North American river otter. An otter’s dainty ears, alert eyes and long whiskers give it an engaging appearance. Otters are curious and sociable creatures. Their antics entertain and they like to perform.

Otters are the only water-loving members of the weasel family and are perfectly designed for swimming. They have extra-thick fur that traps air between the under-layer and longer guard hairs to keep their skin dry. Their torpedo-shaped bodies with short limbs are impressively streamlined. Webbed hind feet prove efficient as flippers. Claws, speed and teeth equip this carnivore for proficient fishing.

My husband and I enjoyed watching the river otter dive, swim and spin in its tank at the Houston Zoological Park. I recorded a brief video which later delighted our grand daughters. Each creature designed by God reveals his wisdom and glory. Each plays a vital role in nature’s ecological balance.

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lona Gynt
    Jun 27, 2019 @ 17:08:47

    love it Lynn. I do like how zoos and museums can open wonder, especially to young eyes.


  2. purplepeninportland
    Jun 27, 2019 @ 14:01:04

    One very hot day in Portland, OR, we saw a confused otter on the walking trail. So cute.


  3. revivedwriter
    Jun 27, 2019 @ 11:39:23



  4. katiemiafrederick
    Jun 26, 2019 @ 18:06:41

    Sacred Nature
    Holy Breath
    Hold to Love
    Smiles if that
    Sounds Like A
    Wedding Wow to Nature
    Life IS
    A Poem
    A Wedding
    Ring of NaTuRE
    TRuE iN DarK Thru
    LiGHT We aLL Are too..:)


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 26, 2019 @ 14:14:31

    We do have river otters here in Sweden but I have never seen them… and they are supposed to be wonderful and even playing in the snow from time to time.

    I have seen sea-otters in the wild… (in California) and I love when they carry their cub while swimming on their back..


  6. merrildsmith
    Jun 26, 2019 @ 12:54:30

    Otters are so much fun to watch!
    When my daughter and her wife were engaged, someone gave them an otter couple poster. 🙂


  7. memadtwo
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 17:56:44

    Every creature perfectly suited for who it is. (K)


  8. Cara Hartley
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 06:35:54

    I love these wonderful critters!


  9. msjadeli
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 00:16:33

    I mean complementarity!


  10. msjadeli
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 00:15:23

    I’ve seen a river otter in the wild once, at a small inland lake that must have had some connection to a river. The lady whose cottage on the lake I was at said it liked to hang around her dock. I know that small bluegill and sunfish like to hang out around the pilings of docks, so I think I know why. They are a dynamic complentarity of structure and function as are we all. As you said, God’s design. Wonderful haibun.


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