This morning, I saw a family of three otters swimming up the Rheidol. I’ve never seen or even heard of otters in Aberystwyth before, so I found this noteworthy and remarkable. In answer to questions in advance: Yes, I’m sure they were otters: I had quite a clear view from the riverbank. No, I don’t have a picture; I only had my phone with me which at best managed to achieve a picture of what is barely recognisable as water. And what were they doing? Well, just paddling slowly up the river, dipping and diving as they went, and attracting a lot of attention from a flock of confused-looking local seagulls.


  1. Strokeyadam Strokeyadam says:

    They never used to be found in Aberystwyth as it was too cold.
    But it’s otter now.

  2. Dan Q Dan Q says:

    There aren’t enough groans in the world, Strokey.

  3. rockmonkey rockmonkey says:

    I think the BBC website is still running an otter watch thing. Has something to do with tracking otter movement throughout the UK so it might be worth droping them an email and seeing if they get excited.

  4. Dan Q Dan Q says:

    Thanks for the tip: have submitted my sighting to the relevant parties.

  5. Crusty Crusty says:

    Sweet! Probably a mother and two pups looking for food (these guys breed all year round).

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