Otters are charismatic lovable animals, full of character and interesting behaviour. They can be difficult to find, to follow and to photograph. However, Shetland has the highest density of otters in Europe and probably one of the best studied populations in the UK. This alone makes it one of the best places in Europe to see otters. What makes it even better is the fact that in Shetland otters spend a lot of their time foraging during the day, significantly increasing your chances of watching and photographing otters.

I am obsessed with otters, and being an inquisitive ecologist I have made it my business to get to know all about the lives of otters in Shetland and their relationship with the coast. However, no matter how much time you spend in the field, otters have great ways of surprising you.

Otter Talk

Shetland otter photography and stories with Richard Shucksmith

Shetland has one of the highest densities of otters in Europe, and is by far one of the best places to see and photograph otters. Shetland otters predominately live along the coastal edge, fishing in the sea, spending a lot of their time feeding during the day.  Due to the otters behaviour this makes Shetland a great place to observe otters, it is certainly one of the best places I have lived in Scotland to photograph otters.  I spend many hours on the coast following and photographing  Shetland’s otters, and I have gained intimate knowledge of this charismatic animal and the coastlines where it lives.  ‘Otter talk’ is about sharing those experiences, and stories about individual otters and families, and the trial and tribulations the Shetland otter faces living on a wild coast.