This week’s open thread is brought to you by Britain’s recovering wild otter population (I sent this link to Lauredhel on Monday, and Rebekka found two more links during the week). I for one salute our new otter overlords.
This is probably the most gorgeous video of otters in the wild I have ever seen, beautifully edited to accompanying music by people who own a B&B nearby (fair warning on the ad at the end, but such lovely work deserves a bit of linkjuice, especially as their booking page has a disability statement – why don’t we see more of those?).
Tal-y-llyn (Lake Talyllyn) is in southern Snowdonia near Cader Idris. The otters apparently returned to the lake after decades of absence only in the last few years, and this video was shot over ten days in February this year. The B&B’s blog says they are still seen around the lake as of mid-September.
Here’s a less gorgeous but more informative video from the UK’s Environment Agency about the cheering report on increasing otter numbers and how the river rehabilitation work they do encourages the rebuilding of ecosystems which can support otter families.
Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?