FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — A Baldwin County woman spotted an otter during her walk along Mobile Bay in Fairhope Monday morning.
“I’d never seen one on the bay before”, said Susie Bowman. “I stood there and looked at it, and he looked at me,” before the otter turned around and went back into the water.
Bowman said she felt so lucky to have spotted the mammal near the duck pond. She said she “kept looking around for other people to share this moment with but no one else was out, very unusual.”
Well-known Naturalist Jimbo Meador of Point Clear said otters prefer fresh water, but they come out of creeks and tributaries that feed into the bay. Mobile Bay has a lot of freshwater now due to all the flooding upstate. He loves to watch otters because they are unique animals, however, they can be a nuisance. “If you have a crab trap and they find it, they’ll tear up the trap and get bait out,” said Meador.