8 October 2000
BBC 2 Natural World
Otters,  Lutra lutra on Scotland's West Coast  (Hebrides)
narrated by Sally Magnusson


were seen eating the following:

Velvet Swimming Crab, Necora puber
Sea Scorpion (book name), Myoxocephalus scorpius  (spines on this fish are no defence, these spines do not sting)
This I demonstrated this at the Adur World Oceans Day Exhibition by pressing my fingers on the spines of this fish.)

Spines on the gill cover do not contain venom

Butterfish (or Gunnel, or 8-eyes), Pholis gunnellus
Curled Octopus, Eledone

The programme included Choughs, Seals, Wild Goats, Red Deer, all venturing down the shore.
Chough, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Goat, Caprus aegagrus ?
Red Deer, Cervus elaphus
Grey Seal, Halichoerus grypus

Sea Thrift and rich meadows
Birds:  Corn Crake, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin,
and the nasty alien Hedgehogs

Puffins, Black-backed Gulls (catching Puffins)

In the sea:
Cuckoo Wrasse harem, Labrus bimaculatus
Lobster, Homarus gammarus
Spider Crab, Hyas
Northern Starfish, Henricia
Moon Jellyfish sessile stage, Aurelia aurita  (excellent footage)
Guillemots and Razorbills under water (excellent)
Minke Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata
Basking Sharks, Cetorhinus maximus
Common Dolphins, Delphius delphius

(A pity my video was broken)

BMLSS Otters


Andy Horton
British Marine Life Study Society

BMLSS Otters page