Otters in St Petersburg

River Otters Playing on Tampa Bay Dock - Otter Sighting in St Pete | Video

By Published On: July 24th, 2022

River Otters Playing on Tampa Bay Dock – Otter Sighting in St Pete | Video

Published on 7/24/22 (scroll down for video):

Who knew our Tampa Bay waters held playful river otters?! This energetic pair was spotted in Shore Acres yesterday by local resident Lacee Porter! One even seemed to put on a dance show. 😂

While river otters aren’t encountered as often as other Tampa Bay wildlife, quite a few have seen them! Amy has been fortunate to spot them over the years, where-as I haven’t been so lucky. So big thanks to Lacee for letting me share her encounter and video!

Tampa Bay Otters – Fun to Watch, Though Be Careful

While they’re fun to watch and very playful, as with most wildlife, be careful if you encounter them. I read where they can become especially aggressive if they have cubs or a den nearby, no different than other animals. You’ll also want to keep pets away, as river otters will defend their territory if feeling threatened. And in the rare chance they have rabies, they may show unprovoked aggression. So it likely goes without saying, simply enjoy watching from a safe area and do not attempt to feed them. 😊

River Otter Stats – St Petersburg

According to the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, river otters weigh between 10 and 33 pounds, have long slender bodies, short legs and webbed toes. A river otter typically has a home range 3-15 square miles. “While river otters tend to live alone or in pairs, they often socialize in groups and are known for their playful behavior. Their long, agile bodies enable them to quickly twist, turn, roll and dive…”.
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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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