Today’s North American river otters were spied among the ice on the Charles River in Needham, Massachusetts. Boston.com continues:
The Charles River Watershed Association hailed the documented presence of otters so close to Boston as a mark of important progress. “It is a sign of the health of the river,” said Rebecca Scibek Wickham, outreach coordinator for the local environmental group. “From our perspective, this shows that the river is becoming cleaner, and it is able to support more wildlife.” […]
Otters dine on fish, frogs, and other aquatic life and are near the top of the food chain, which makes them vulnerable to concentrations of harmful chemicals. Pollution also tends to kill off their food supply.
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