Water Wolves
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πŸ“½ by @chrisangphoto

Giant river otters sharing a giant river eel.

The giant river otter is the largest otter in the world, they can reach 6 feet (1.8m) in length and a maximum of 70 lbs (32kg).
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Otters were heavily hunted in the 1960-70s by humans mainly for their fur.

As many as 3000 furs per year were recorded in the Amazonian Brazil alone in the 1960s.

Not surprisingly, the population of giant otters was greatly reduced as a result, and by 1971 as little as 12 were left in the wild.

The implementation of CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in 1973 reduced the hunting, allowing the population to grow, but the situation for the remaining otters is still critical.

It is believed that they have lost somewhere in the ballpark of 80% of their South American range in the last few decades.

The current total wild population is estimated to be somewhere between 1000-5000 otters.

@chrisangphoto was in the Pantanal for Conservation Project – acting as a go-between with Taiwan’s Marina Pai of Eastern Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) who made a Documentary on Jaguar Conservation with researchers Abbie Martin (Biologist & Researcher) @jaguaridproject & Eduarda Fernandes (Head Guide) @jaguar_tour.

#natureismetal

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