Otters are so proficient at capturing the fish they live on, that they have lots of time left over for play. And they seem to play with reckless abandon, sliding down steep canyons in deep snow, swimming under the ice in Yellowstone Lake. They submerge us into the lake to find strange underwater spires only recently discovered by man. Other creatures sometimes survive bitter winter seasons by stealing fish from the otter. Actually, they're pretty good at defending themselves, and this program catches some astonishing action between them, coyotes, eagles, beaver, even an occasional grizzly bear.
Seasons of the Otter has now been completed and released by Bob Landis and myself. We had hoped to have it out last year, but now it is finished. If you have an interest in otters, Yellowstone, wildlife or nature in general, we believe this film will have been worth waiting for.
Bob has captured some of the most intimate otters behavior and it was all shot in the wild! None of this photography has been done with controlled animals as is sometimes done in nature films. These wild creatures of Yellowstone are motivated entirely and exclusively by their own inner compulsions. Well... the exception is when they are influenced by the acts of other animals.
Other animals such as coyotes. Coyotes steal fish from otters. This turns out to be a contest that has gone on for eons, and you may be surprised to learn that coyotes, and other creatures, can literally be dependent on otters in order to survive the coldest months of winter.
Because otters can catch fish in Yellowstone Lake, even in the winter, some other mammals and birds sometimes steal enough of the otter's catch to get them through lean times.
We also have some remarkable footage shot deep in Yellowstone Lake, where we see mysterious thermal spires not previously known to exist on the lake bottom. This geologic activity is just beginning to be recognized and studied in Yellowstone Lake, and the otters take us there for a fascinating look as part of this film.
Otters are synonymous with humor. A bald eagle boldly confronts an otter, seeming to demand that the otter hand over its fish! A coyote catches an otter diving into a hole in the ice and pulls him out by the tail. Otter pups play and slide on the ice in an explosively comic way. Geese, expecting to land in water, find themselves sliding on new ice.
There are four short additional programs as a bonus on this disc... interviews with otter experts, and a 12-minute piece on how the underwater photography was done with a remote underwater vehicle.