These River Otters were brought to the aquarium in 1996 when they were about a year old. There are actually four of them and their names are Cash, Rudee, Pungo and Willoughby.
This was one of my most favorite parts of the aquarium. We got there not long after opening time. The Otters were very active and put on a great show. We stayed with them for about half an hour before moving on. When we came back on our way out three hours later they were nowhere to be found. I think we were very lucky to go when we did.
River Otters are part of the Weasel family and spend a lot of time on land, but with its webbed feet is more comfortable in the water. When hunting they can move at speeds of up to seven miles per hour but normally move a lot slower, only using their speed for short bursts. River Otters can dive up to 60 feet and can stay under water for six to seven minutes. The average life span of the North American Otter is about ten years. They are opportunistic feeders meaning that they will look for prey that requires the least amount of energy to get. Their diet includes fish, crustaceans, small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and eggs. These Otters at the aquarium are fed a daily diet of fish, chicken and mice, along with a snack of vegetables, fruit, shellfish, minnows, crickets and hard-boiled eggs. All this information came from their web site.