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Otter at the Talbot Arms

 
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timfox



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PostPosted: 14/12/05, 18:34    Post subject: Otter at the Talbot Arms Reply with quote

No really!
'A chap in the pub' last night (Tues 13/12) reported seeing an Otter (not green or red!) at the bridge near the Talbot Arms. The chap wasn't drinking 'Otter' but J2O and seemed believable.
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geoff



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PostPosted: 15/12/05, 08:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing! Did the chap say what time of day the otter was seen ?
Otters live on lots of fish - wonder what it would find to eat in the Lym ?
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 15/12/05, 10:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very feasible for they have been seen in Lyme on a couple of occasions in the last year or so.


On seeing “Otter at the Talbot Arms” I immediately thought that it had been killed on the road for this is the most common way of discovering otters in an area. Unfortunately otters have the odd behaviour of when confronted with a bridge they are inclined to leave the river and cross over the road then if still alive returning to the river. It seems that this one was caught in the act

Why they do this is not known. They just are not inclined to swim under a bridge. Put a ledge under the bridge above the water line and they will use it. Could it be that before man began building bridges the only place an otter would have found a river flowing into an enclosed space would be where a river flowed into a cave. Where this happens the river often pummets to a great depth and an otter entering such a situation would likely be killed. A river disappearing under a bridge may trigger this ancient instinct to keep clear.
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PostPosted: 16/12/05, 08:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

What would they eat this far away from the sea Rhodie ?
As I understand it they are purely fish-eaters - unless Amherst has noticed a few trout missing ?

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PostPosted: 18/12/05, 13:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a number of mainly manmade lakes in the various branches of the Lym and Amherst I am sure would be on the list of ones to visit by any self respecting otter in the area. Otters will travel long distances over land and cross from one river system to another so finding these lakes which were made by damming,, in some cases, quite small streams should be no problem for them.

Only last night John Duffin told me that on the moonlit evening of last Wednesday he was rather surprised to see a large fish splashing about on the surface of his lake for he thought that he had netted and removed all the fish. He eventually realized that what he was watching was an otter. His lake is at Upper Holcombe Farm. John has previously found piles of fish scales on the banks of his lake and puts these down to otters.

So these two records fit in nicely and together with the two in Lyme suggest that otters are either resident or regular visitors to the Lym.
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PostPosted: 11/01/06, 07:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard Austin was again reported, in the LRNews of 30 December, as seeing an otter on the Lym in the centre of Lyme . I don’t know if this was a previously unreported observation or how recent for a date was not given. James Williams, an otter expert of Taunton, said that he has seen evidence of otters in the river.
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PostPosted: 23/01/06, 08:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

An indication of how otters get into the River Lym catchment area was a record of which I have just been told. It concerned a road casualty of an otter killed on the A35 at Penn towards the end of 2004. It was obviously moving between the rivers Lym and Char and shows how far they will go from water during a nights hunting.
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