An up close look at the Otters in Oban

Oban is home to a plethora of incredible species, including the beloved otter. 

These furry, semi-aquatic creatures can be spotted around the bay, feasting on fish, eels, crabs, and octopus. 

Despite being nearly wiped out in England and Wales due to pollution, the otter population in Scotland has thrived.

It’s estimated that there are around 8,000 otters in Scotland today, with a significant number of them living along the country’s beautiful coastlines.

Visitors to Oban can often catch a glimpse of these fascinating animals. 

During lockdown, one otter in particular gained quite a following in Oban. It made such an impact that a community competition was held to name the friendly mammal. 

“Ollie” of Dunollie was the chosen name, as he often enjoys his meals near Dunollie Castle.

Eurasian otters are fascinating animals, with males growing up to 110cm in length and weighing up to 11kg. The have a lifespan of up to 10 years.

Whether you spot Ollie or one of his otter friends, they are sure to put a smile on your face and add to the natural beauty of The Little Bay.

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