West Seattle wildlife: Otter trio on Alki Beach

Proof all those otter sightings aren’t the same one! Kim O’Donnel shared that shot from west Alki this afternoon. Thanks to her and others who have shared photos/video, we’ve seen Alki’s river otters – previously, one at a time – in a variety of utterly photogenic activities, such as rolling on the sand (May 14), catching a bite of lunch (June 17), the sidewalk otter (June 17), and the condo otter just yesterday. And now – a trio. Please be careful when driving along Alki and other near-the-water roads (Beach Drive, even Fauntleroy in the Lincoln Park/ferry terminal area) – there just might be one crossing ahead of you.

12 Replies to "West Seattle wildlife: Otter trio on Alki Beach"

  • chris June 29, 2012 (7:25 pm)

    I apologize for this in advance but at a glance they look like big rats…sorry.

  • Woodsman June 29, 2012 (8:49 pm)

    Cute little things! Just like the Seola Beach neighbors better call the armed guards out to get rid of them. I think we need a zip line at Alki! That way we could see these cute little critters from the air!

  • Bianca June 29, 2012 (9:54 pm)

    Love them :) just saw one up close at the Chicago Aquarium. Cute!!

  • DHG June 29, 2012 (11:01 pm)

    I’ve seen them on the roads twice: once crossing at midnight at the base of Lincoln Park / Beach Drive and once crossing Fauntleroy into Lincoln Park.

    I, for one, do not cave in to drivers who ride my bumper to go faster for the very reason that people and critters are apt to cross in front.

  • Bill Bacon June 30, 2012 (7:40 am)

    They’re also all along the Duwamish river waterway in industrial Seattle. I’ve seen these beautiful animals in the marshy pond area along West Marginal Way and in the Terminal 105 area. Be careful. We’re in their habitat.

  • Denise June 30, 2012 (8:36 am)

    Amazing photo!
    River otters are beautiful, but Bill is right…they’re wild animals. I don’t think they are known for being friendly to people. It’s wonderful that we live in a place where we can enjoy seeing wildlife like this! Thanks for posting the photo.

  • marty June 30, 2012 (9:18 am)

    I see them crossing the street at Duwamish Head at least once a week. Be careful, they don’t look first!

  • Alki Resident June 30, 2012 (9:54 am)

    Three river otters walk into a bar…………

  • onceachef June 30, 2012 (9:56 am)

    There otter be a law….yuk yuk.

  • AJP June 30, 2012 (10:54 am)

    I know they are wild animals, I know they don’t like people, but if I had a genie in a bottle one of my wishes would be to have one as a pet. They are so cute and playful!!!! I’d take it to the water park and we’d go down the water slides together. (I know it’s just a fantasy!)

  • miws June 30, 2012 (11:42 am)

    Glad to see I’m not the only one that just ottermatically posts puns on the comment threads to these stories…



  • miws June 30, 2012 (11:47 am)

    Nothing like a ride on the Big Wheel, on its inaugural day, and then a nice, invigorating swim back home to West Seattle!



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