On Tuesday morning I had a beautiful experience, an extended interaction with four otters on Scarborough beach!

Otters Cape Town South Africa
Photo: Matthew Swart – “a full romp of them”

Elusive, in 15 years living in Scarborough I have only twice caught brief glimpses of single otters.

This was a complete treat, a full romp of them in a mood to engage.

Otters Cape Town South Africa
Photo: Matthew Swart – “like amphibious meerkats”

They were extremely confident and inquisitive…it felt like they were keen to move right up to me, with only the startled barking from Inca, a large Anatolian Shepard at my side, which kept them at bay.


They swam and bounced like amphibious meerkats, large and lopey on land, but playful and safe-at-home in the shore break.

Otters Cape Town South Africa
Photo: Matthew Swart
Otters Cape Town South Africa
Photo: Matthew Swart

With their impressive whiskers and perky personality, they reminded me of the Lorax from Dr Seuss!

We all gazed at each other for quite some time, before the raft took off and swam out into the deeper waves, and I went to join my work tribe.

Matthew

Watch Video – Otters on Scarborough Beach, Cape Town

Here is a VIDEO of the otters, in the second half of the video they are closest…

MATTHEW SWART is the CEO of SafariNow. This article is published here with Matthew’s kind permission. Please view the original here.