Photo by Ellie Burgin on

One of my favourite animals is the otter. This stemmed from my childhood after watching the film Ring of Bright Water. I have observed otters here on Skye, but not very often. I can remember watching an otter foraging on the shore, while I sat on the rocks of a local beach. I kept very still and the otter swam very close. He floated on his back as he munched on a crab or a fish. It was a magical moment. This experience inspired my haiku The Otter.

The Otter

sleek shining body

searches the rockpools and shore

secretive shadow

Sue Wood