See These Otters Taunt an Alligator Passing By in Florida

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: December 6, 2023

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Where it is pretty common to see alligators in Florida, it’s not as common to see otters taunting and messing around with alligators. Though seen in Florida, Gators are well respected by the animals and citizens of this state because of their size. However, these playful otters just wanted to have some fun-provoking this gator. Don’t miss it in the video above!

Otters and Alligator Sighting in Florida

The YouTube video at the top of this blog post takes us to Florida. The NBC Chicago news channel captured this viral video and shared it with all its viewers. A passerby, David Yrastorza, saw the sight of these otters playing around. He stopped to capture it on video.

Otters Tuanting a Predator

At the start of this YouTube video, a massive alligator is in the water. He is floating around, likely looking to cool off and enjoy whatever food he might get along his swim. Suddenly, there is a group of otters that come scurrying by. At seven seconds, we see this alligator whip around as if his hungry stomach is growling for some tasty otter. 

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As the otters rush by, and where one might think that they would run as fast as their little legs could take them, they shock us all and stop by the shore. They then begin to taunt this gator. They come up the water, stare at him, run away, and then return. It’s as if they say, “Come get us, come on, we dare you.” 

By the end of the video, we see these otters passing by the middle of the water on a high-rise section. And the alligator stares at them as if he knows he can’t reach them. 

How Fast Can Otters Run?

Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) lying on grass, one having mouth opening

The otter can live up to 20 years in the wild.

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Otters (Lutra canadensis) of the genus Lutra are little mammals weighing 5-100 pounds. They have 13 different species that can be found worldwide. They are found in places such as Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, South America, and North America, where we see them in the video posted at the top.

The otter can reach up to speeds of 15 miles per hour, according to the National Wildlife Federation. They can run fast on land and even on hard snow. This makes them a difficult prey to catch. And as we can see from the video posted at the top, it’s as if they knew this alligator wouldn’t be able to catch them in time!

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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