20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
North American River Otter and Fish

A North American river otter shows off its catch and its tongue while standing on an ice-covered pond. This otter and its sibling appeared in a semi-urban cemetery last fall and winter, and over the next few months just about emptied the ponds of their fish and amphibians.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Portland, Maine, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Loren Merrill