Otter (Lutra lutra) Isle of Mull and Shetland Isles.
The otters of Mull are a wonderful rare and photogenic subject.The best way to photograph otters in the wild is to stay still and silent on the shore this avoids disturbing the animals who need critical time and space to feed: with patience you may be lucky enough for the Otter to come to you. The latest images were taken on one of my photography tuition days with the otters when ( summer 2021 ) we had some fantastic prolonged encounters, in particular with one otter mother and cub. Contact me here if you wish to come along on our next trip on the Isle of Mull. 
Gowild@freeuk.com 
 
Following on in the gallery are images from many years :2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and  (October 2016) from another fabulous trip to the Isle of Mull where I was lucky enough to find an otter tackling a huge thorn back ray. Before this in spring 2015 I was again on Mull and had some incredibly close and wonderful  encounters. In the gallery following this are also   a family of Otters: this time a mother and two cubs playing in crystal clear sea on the Shetland Isles.
Otter shake
Otter shake

Otter shaking off sea water, looking like an old labrador!

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Otter cub with crab
Otter cub with crab
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Otter with spotted dogfish
Otter with spotted dogfish
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Sleeky passer by: otter on the shore
Sleeky passer by: otter on the shore

An otter moving quickly along the shoreline

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Lifes a beach!
Lifes a beach!

Old dog otter sunbathing!

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otter checking out the sprint marks!
otter checking out the sprint marks!

Otters leave sprint as a marker to their territory and to let other otters know who is around!

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Otter posing
Otter posing

Apparently posing for the cameras but actually mid grooming! otters have to spend a lot of time grooming their fur to maximise its insulating properties.

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Otter: out on the rocks
Otter: out on the rocks

Landscape shot, showing how the otter and the shoreline are one!

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Hard to digest!
Hard to digest!
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