Thursday, 15 July 2010

encounter with an otter

Driving just outside of the village of Strontian, an otter crossed the road in front of our car today. Like the encounter with the puffin on Staffa, this too was a fleeting experience.

Here's an old silent BFI film from 1912 of the first known filmed recordings of an otter swimming underwater including a brief glimpse of the cameramen setting up their tank/equipment. The subtitles between shots are infuriatingly long and protracted and some of the "facts" are a bit dubious (otters belonging to the "bear tribe"...?), but the footage itself is lovely.

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