🏄Surfs Up 🏄

See how these two Eurasian Otters from the Isle of Skye swim effortlessly through the waves. Otters are very strong swimmers and even big waves like these are no match for them!

Thanks to Stewart Dawber at Skye High Wildlife for the photo.

🏆🎨COMPETITION TIME 🏆🎨

Its competition time!

Send your drawings, artwork, poems and pictures - all otter themed for a chance of winning. Competition runs until October 6th.

1st prize: Otter Shrinkles keyring maker

2nd prize: Cuddly otter 

Send your entries to ben@otter.org along with your name, age and address.
 
                                                  OR
 
Post to Ben Yoxon, 7 Black Park, Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9DE, SCOTLAND
 
Good luck.

Otter Cards!

IOSF has just launched their new otter cards. There is one for every species and great to learn more about where they live, what they look like and how big they are. 

You can collect one at a time or get all at once. Simply click here to see more and start your otter card collection!

French cub

On Friday 8th of September IOSF received an email from Manon Tissidre in France. She had a couple of otter cubs and was asking for some advice. As always, IOSF is delighted to be asked to help in such cases and offered some guidance to help the cubs.

Happily, the two cubs are doing well thanks to the good work of Manon. 

Otter Oscars

Hey kids!

Do you know someone who deserves an award for all they have done to help otters and their conservation?

If so why don't you nominate them for an Otter Oscar. Click here to fill in the nomination form!

Quiz

Hey kids, have you tried IOSF's otter quiz yet?

Go across to "Fun and Games" and give it a try!

Brothers reunited!

After finding the first otter cub near Clachtoll, Scotland, a second cub was found in the same place!

After a week apart the brothers have now been reunited at IOSF's sanctuary here on the Isle of Skye. Ernie, the first cub, and Jenson will spend the next 12-15 months in the care of the IOSF team before being released back to wild where they were found.

IOSF would like to thank everyone involved in getting the two cubs to us.

New Arrival

Welcome to our newest arrival who arrived last night at the sanctuary. This tiny cub had been found running around beside the road at Clachtoll, near Lochinver, in north-west Scotland. 

Thanks to Clarinda who found it and Andy, Noel and Jackie who helped to get the cub to us on Skye.

Thank you Otter's class!

Thank you to Monkton Park Primary School for raising a superb £119.73!

The "Otter's class" managed to raise money during a produce sale using various fruit and vegetables that they had grown throughout their school year. Given their name they decided to donate the money raised to the International Otter Survival Fund.

So a big thank you to everyone at IOSF!

Sea Otter v Octopus

Sea Otter's are most famous for eating clams and other shellfish but sometimes they like to go for something a little bit bigger and a little more dangerous. Octopus are not an easy thing to catch and often kill predators but this brave otter was hungry for a protein-rich dinner.

Check out this photo of a female Sea Otter showing off her latest catch, a Giant Pacific Octopus!

Thanks to Emma Luck at Rainbow Tours for the photo

Otter on Holiday!

The wee soft otter that keeps us company in the office is having great adventures on the high seas this week. He has gone kayaking in Orkney with Helen and is having a wonderful time!

What are your toy otters doing this summer? We would love to see some pictures!

Albino Otter

Sometimes you put out your camera trap to see what's hanging around your garden and you spot something very rare! Graeme Gebbie, Kilmarnock, Scotland, had exactly that as he caught this video of an extremely rare albino Otter in his garden.

Goodbye to Ganga 👋

After spending over a year in the care of IOSF at the rehabilitation centre it was finally time to say goodbye to Ganga.

It may have taken us over a week to catch her as she hid among the pond, showing she truly is wild, but we managed to catch her today and set her free. The best thing about being involved in rehab of Otters is at this moment when you can let them go and be where they belong.

'Bye Ganga!

Cheeky Otters

Watch as these Smooth-Coated otters tease a Mugger crocodile in Bardia national park, Nepal. ©Sagar Giri

🏆 IOSF's Otter Oscars 2017 🏆

The International Otter Survival Fund's otter oscars are now open!

Through a number of categories in Otter conservation we will accept nomations. This could be through raising money for IOSF, photography, research, among other categories. To see all the categories please click the link below.

If you feel you deserve to be nominated, or know a special someone that deserves a nomination please submit here

Thank you!

As part of Walk for Wildlife, Raasay Primary School decided to raise money for the International Otter Survival Fund.

Here they are dressed up in their self-decorated otter masks. Raasay Primary raised a superb £96.83 for otters!


Everyone at IOSF would like to express the biggest thanks to everyone at Raasay Primary school!

Father's Day!

Fathers Day is just around the corner!
 
Why not treat your Dad to IOSF's Otter Adoption pack for Dad? The perfect gift this Father's Day for Dad and for Otters.

If you are interested click here

Thank you from IOSF

As part of the Walk for Wildlife, Struan Primary school based on the Isle of Skye decided to raise money for the International Otter Survival Fund. A small primary school, containg only 4 children, managed to raise a massive £430.


On Tuesday 6th June, Grace and Ben from the IOSF took a trip to visit the school and give the children a chance to learn more about otters of the world. Spending the afternoon with Sophie, Dexter, Vivienne and Alex it was great to see their enthusiasm and knowledge on otters!

So a massive thanks from IOSF to Struan Primary school, keep up the good work!


World Otter Day - 31st of May 2017!

As part of this years World Otter Day people around the globe chose to raise awareness of otter conservation! In Benin, pictured, Fataï Aina of the Amis de l’Afrique Francophone (AMAF-BENIN) celebrated World Otter Day in Sô-Ava on Lake Nokoué by holding an education day for 300 schoolchildren and 14 teachers. All over the world people were raising money and awareness for our aim to help otters all over the world.

Thank you for everyone that helped out Smile

What did you do? If you haven't already told IOSF how you celebrated World Otter Day we would be delighted to know!

Summer's coming! 🌞

With the heat wave hitting the UK we all need time to cool down in the sea. Things are no different for our little cub from Chile, Changuita. Changuita's rehab continues as she learns to swim off the coast of South America. Watch the video of Changuita's ongoing progress

Meet our two latest cubs. Sofi, on the left, was found only about 400m from our house but we have no idea how she lost Mum. Noelle came to us all the way from Peterborough in England as no-one was able to take her in. They are both doing well and are in a nursery pen together - they are the best of friends.

Happy Christmas

We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and Santa is good to you.

Check out our Blog to read about the new cub in the sanctuary.

Watch a mum otter and her two cubs having fun

We have some remote camera traps set up on Skye so that we can monitor the otters there.  Today we checked and got some great footage of the two cubs playing while their mum slept.  Check it out on YOUTUBE

Only 18 days to go!

Yes, there are only 18 days left for you to submit something for the Otter Oscars.  You can enter a photo you have taken, a picture you have made, a poem or story you have written, or ANYTHING you have done for otters.  Look in one of our earlier posts below for categories.

Maybe you raised funds for the otters - tell us about it or send us photos.  We want everyone to be able to go for an award so click here for more the application form.

If you aren't sure, just send an email to enquiries@otter.org

COME ON ALL YOU OTTER FANS

Calling all you budding artists, poets, writers ... Anyone who cares about otters and wants to do something positive to help.

We would love to see your drawings, paintings, poems, stories and you could be one of the first ever Otter Oscar winners.  Find out more HERE and submit an application HERE.

You have until 28 November to become an Otter STAR

Win an Otter Oscar

As part of the Year of the Otter, IOSF is launching new awards for outstanding achievements in otter conservation worldwide.  These awards  called the "Otter Oscars" are open to all and will be presented annually beginning in December 2016.  The categories for the awards are:

Children – Open to anyone aged 12 years or under (as at 1 December 2016).  This can include any activity aimed to promote otter conservation such as artwork, writing, fundraising, etc

Young People – Open to anyone from 13 – 18 years (as at 1 December 2016).  This can include any activity aimed to promote otter conservation such as artwork, writing, fundraising, etc

Group/Organisation – For example school, natural history group, Scouts/Guides, etc.

Community Achievement – Any activity which involves local communities in otter conservation.  This can be in the form of practical work, education, etc.

Research – Open to amateur or professional researchers.  The research must have taken place during 2016, although ongoing projects may be submitted.  Any projects must not involve any procedure which is invasive or in any other way harms the animal.  The project may involve animals in the wild or in captivity but this must be made clear in the application.

Photography – Open to amateur or professional photographers.  All photos must have been taken during 2016 and entries must indicate where and when it was taken, and if the photo was taken in the wild or in captivity.  Photos may also include habitat or otter signs.

Special Award – Open to anyone who has made a lifelong commitment to otter conservation or for an activity which does not fit into any other category

Applications/nominations can be made in more than one category and Children and Young People can also enter other categories.

If you wish to apply or nominate someone for an award, please complete the online form by 1 November 2016.  Results will be announced on 1 December 2016.

THE YEAR OF THE OTTER

Come on all you Team Otter fans.  Get involved in this special Year of the Otter.  We want everyone to be involved and we will post things here for you to do. 

But we know you have lots of ideas on how you can get more people to help otters.  You can raise money, or tell your friends, write poems, make pictures.  All sorts of things. 

We love to hear from you so contact us at enquiries@otter.org

 

Meet our latest cub

This is Machair.  She was found at New Year on the Isle of North Uist, off the West coast of Scotland.  Isn't she gorgeous!  She weighs just over 600gm but is eating well so should soon start putting on weight.  You can follow her progress on the IOSF Blog

This is our winner of the colouring competition. Well done Holly. We were delighted with the number of entries and it was really very difficult to choose a winner. So we decided to send everyone an "I Love Otters" badge. Keep your eyes open for the next competition.

Otter News

This page will keep you up to date with all ottery news.  You can also check out the IOSF Blog and our monthly e-updates.

And we would love to hear from you.  Send us your poems, pictures and ottery news and tell us what YOU would like to see on your website.  We will add them to Your Page.  Email us at enquiries@otter.org

INTERNATIONAL OTTER AWARENESS DAY

So what are YOU going to do to help otters on International Otter Awareness Day - 27 May 2015?

Have a look here for some Otterley Great Ideas

WE NEED YOUR HELP

27 MAY 2015 is the International Otter Awareness Day and we need your help in telling as many people as possible about otters and how important they are.  Maybe you could:

  • Have an otter themed party
  • Arrange an otterly fantastic treasure hunt
  • Make some cakes and sell them to friends at school - ask your teacher first!
  • Have a sponsored silence, or walk, or swim
  • Create some ottery pictures or other artwork

If you need more ideas have a look here

So get your thinking hats on and come up with something otterly brilliant.  But remember always to check with your parents first.

And do tell us what you are planning so that we can publicise it on our website

Competition winner

Well done Gracieana Milgate from Northampton.  Gracieana is 8 years old and sent us this lovely picture and poem.  In case you can't read the poem in the picture it says:

Otters can be grey

They swim in the day

They play in the waves

and they sleep in the caves

They eat lots of fish

but they don't need a dish.Big Grin

 

More competition entries

Here is a picture by Oliver Thompson, from Swansea, who is also aged 8.

 

Alicia Nicholds from Dudley, aged 11, sent us this poem:

In the sea I suddenly spot, a miniature brown dot.

When I lean forward and squint, my head says take the hint.

It is brown furry and in the sea, its an Otter I see before me!

 

The creature's head turns and at me he looks, so in my hand I check in my books.

By the photos and colours in front of me, finding him is easy.

He is a Sea Otter!

 

Then the Otter dove into the deep blue ocean,

everything was calm and silent absolutely no commotion.

 

The lights in a nearby boat went dim,

The man stepped out of the cabin and walked along the pier.

He saw me and said hello my name is Tim.

I replied and said have a good day, then he walked away.

 

When I turned back the Otter had emerged.

A clam he held in his hand.

I watched him from the land.

 

He swam over to Tim's boat and hit the clam on it.

I saw the shell crack a little bit.

He hit it again, success with this one.

He ate the insides and then he was gone. Wild

 

Varun Jha from New Delhi in India is 15 and he sent us this email:

Here's a poem I wrote for nature....Hope u like the poem...the poem I wrote is very near to my heart....I love otters such a cute, innocent animal killed for greed by us.   Hope IOSF works more for saving otters help their number increase on planet earth.

 

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;

There is a rapture on the lonely shores;

There is society, where none intrudes;

By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not humans the less, but Nature more......

 

Thank you Varun, that is beautiful and we will certainly keep working to help otters.  It is great to see you are so passionate about otters and nature. Wow

 

 

 

 

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