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Marine Otters (35) More files... by Kevin Schafer
The endangered Marine Otter of Chile and southern Peru is the smallest marine mammal in the world. Long persecuted for the fur trade, and harassed by fishermen, they are now restricted to isolated patches of coastline along the fringes of the productive Humboldt Current.

Kevin Schafer spent two months following them this past year, documenting their life history for the first time. Some of the images document behavior never before recorded, including the capture of an octopus by a female otter, who had to subdue an animal its own size, and carry it back to its cub. Other images include the first-ever shots of an otter entering its denning cave taken with a remote camera trap and moments of social behavior never captured on camera before.
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446334 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446333 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) on kelp, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446321 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) on kelp, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446337 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) feeding, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446308 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) feeding, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) with crab, Chiloe Island, southern Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00910231 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) with crab, Chiloe Island, southern Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) feeding at surface, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446332 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) feeding at surface, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) female carrying crab to pup, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446338 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) female carrying crab to pup, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) on shore carrying crab prey, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446322 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) on shore carrying crab prey, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) carrying large octopus, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446313 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) carrying large octopus, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) female carrying octopus, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446341 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) female carrying octopus, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) carrying octopus, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446326 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) carrying octopus, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) female eating octopus on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446327 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) female eating octopus on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) resting in kelp after a big meal, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446328 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) resting in kelp after a big meal, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446329 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446323 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) grooming in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446324 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) grooming in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) young in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446325 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) young in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother and pup on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446340 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother and pup on shore, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) jumping, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446311 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) jumping, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) male in sleeping cave, Peru  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446305 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) male in sleeping cave, Peru© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother and pup in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446316 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother and pup in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446309 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) in kelp bed, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) young in heavy surf, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446318 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) young in heavy surf, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) resting on kelp-covered rocks, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446315 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) resting on kelp-covered rocks, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) yawning, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446319 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) yawning, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) on rock, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446330 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) on rock, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) feeding, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446310 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) feeding, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother and pup swimming, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446320 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother and pup swimming, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother carrying pup, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446307 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother carrying pup, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) pair swimming, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446317 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) pair swimming, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) swimming at surface, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446306 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) swimming at surface, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) swimming, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446339 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) swimming, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) swimming underwater, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446312 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) swimming underwater, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother and pup swimming, Chiloe Island, Chile  -  Kevin Schafer
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00446314 Marine Otter (Lontra felina) mother and pup swimming, Chiloe Island, Chile© Kevin Schafer
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