As I walked down a service road near the Upper Scarborough area of the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I heard the sound of River Otters splashing in the water. I cautiously approached and was amazed to see one of them munching on a large catfish head, while the other was swimming in and out of a large pipe used to drain water.

Otter Eating Catfish Head
Otter Eating Catfish Head 2

I watched the Otter struggling to chew through the tough, spiny exterior of the catfish head. It was incredible to see the strength and resilience of these fascinating creatures, and I felt privileged to have witnessed this moment of nature up close.

I quickly grabbed my camera and started taking photos, hand-holding it to capture the action. Despite the Otter’s close proximity, it seemed unfazed by my presence, allowing me to take several detailed shots of this amazing creature as it enjoyed its meal.

Overall, this experience was a true testament to the power and beauty of nature, and I will always treasure the memories and photos of this unforgettable encounter.


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date Taken: July 18, 2020
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/300 sec.
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure Compensation: -0.67 EV
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Focal Length: 340 mm
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)
  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3

I are a few more photos of River Otters I have taken at this refuge: Otter Eating Crayfish Looks Painful and Otter Eating Crayfish