Otter Eating Catfish Head

By | July 25, 2020

I was walking an area of the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma when I heard Otters. I got close and saw that one was chewing on a Catfish head. The other one was swimming around. The one that was swimming was going in and out of a large pipe. The pipe is used to drain water from one area into another.

I couldn’t believe that the Otter could chew on the Catfish head with those spines. Catfish spines contain a venom that causes swelling and increased blood flow in the injury area, if the skin is punctured by these spines. It looked like it was struggling to chew.

Otter Eating Catfish Head
Otter Eating Catfish Head
Otter Eating Catfish Head 2
Otter Eating Catfish Head #2

How I Got The Photos – Otter Eating Catfish Head

I was walking a service road near an area known as the Upper Scarborough. I was hand-holding my camera while photographing the Otter.


  • 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