Friday, May 6, 2011

Otter eating a crab

The other day I went out on the water with my friend Dave.  We headed over to Vancouver in his boat, doing a little fishing and watching dolphins around Point Atkinson in English Bay.  While I was waiting for him to arrive I watched this river otter eating a big Dungeness crab at the Union Steamship marina.  The otter is eating next to a fresh water stream, and it keeps stopping to take big gulps of water, before ripping another leg of the still living crab.

This is the food chain in action.  The otter had two long cuts in his back to that looked like it had run into something higher up the food chain.   Incredible to watch from five meters away.