Otter filmed getting out of Mediterranean sea in Costa Brava for first time

Experts aware of species living on Empordà coast since 2016

Otter getting out of the Cap de Creus coastline
Otter getting out of the Cap de Creus coastline / Catalan climate action ministry, Barcelona Zoo foundation, with Damm support
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February 22, 2023 01:23 PM

February 22, 2023 04:26 PM

For the first time in the Mediterranean, Catalan preservationists have filmed an otter getting out of the water on a beach in Costa Brava's Cap de Creus, the easternmost point of Catalonia, as announced on Wednesday.

Recording a video of an otter leaving the salt water is "a first as it has never been possible before in the whole Mediterranean," a statement reads.

Researchers studying the otter population in Alt Empordà county have been aware since 2016 that the species lives on the Empordà coastline. However, it has not been possible until recently to see one getting out of the water.

The otter seen in the video is an adult male and spends most of its time in the sea.

This year experts will continue investigating otters and following them walking and by boat, filming their paths, and they will install more cameras in strategic locations.

In the last years, the number of otters has gone up again in Catalonia after almost disappearing during the second half of the 20th century. 

This research project is led by members of the Catalan climate action ministry and the Barcelona Zoo foundation and has the support of Damm.