I was sitting on the ground photographing a cool looking bee when Two River Otter Pups showed up.

I read that because of their nearsightedness, which is a result of eyesight that has been modified for underwater sight, North American River Otters frequently get within a few feet of a human standing on the shore.

Otter Pup #1
Otter Pup #1
Otter Pup # 2
Otter Pup #2

The North American River Otters may survive on their own after eight weeks outside the den, but they often stay with their families—which occasionally includes the father—until the next spring.
The North American River Otter yearlings venture out in search of their own home ranges before the arrival of the following litter.

I photographed these two River Otters at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: August 18, 2022 (10:18 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500
  • ISO: 8000 and 4000 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: +1/3 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm