Lontra canadensis

   This member of the weasel family is commonly mistaken for a sea otter. Also known as the land otter, river otters may be seen on shore, in bodies of freshwater, or in the ocean. Like many other weasels, river otters are opportunistic and use their long, sensitive whiskers to hunt for fish, frogs, shellfish and other invertebrates. They will also eat vegetable matter and birds on occasion.

   River otters have found their way into the legends of the native peoples of Southeast Alaska due to their human-like chatter. River otters are sometimes observed in large groups, frolicking and chattering together.