Not sure why, but ice out on Tarbert Lake nearly always brings us a visit from the Otter Clan.
Known for their love of fun and healing, otters are very talkative. My sister, cousin Susu and I got yelled at one September day in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by four otters as we sunned ourselves on what turned out to be THEIR ROCK.
This time of year, our otters love to swim in the slush along the edge of the ice, occasionally popping up for a roll on the frosty crystals.
This year’s visitors seem well fed, nice and plump right down to the tail. Yesterday I watched one through the birding scope eating a nice fish up on the ice and then sliding back into the watery slush.
I took this video a few years ago from our living room window.
Even though I married a bear, I love the Otter Clan.