LOOK: Wild Otters Were Spotted Swimming Around in Tawi-Tawi
You won't believe the cuteness.
(SPOT.ph) Folks from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources captured something pretty amazing: Two wild otters swimming around the rocky shores of Taganak Island, part of the Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary in Tawi-Tawi.
Watch the two adorable critters float around in crystal-clear waters—both humans and otters looked just as amazed about the other—in a video taken by Adzmie Herera and shared online by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX.
The DENR identified the two animals as Asian Small-Clawed Otters (Aonyx cinereus), a.k.a. Hanjing Laut in the local language. The two otters were seen hanging around the Taganak Island from May 15 to 22, according to a report by Minda Bairula, superintendent of the Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary (TIWS).
Although these specific otter species were often seen on another nearby island, Pulau Berhala, this was the first recorded incident of them visiting the protected area. Since this is a first for the island, the DENR will be pushing for coordination with the Biodiversity Management Bureau on how to protect the species, said regional director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez. An information campaign has also been launched to help residents understand why it would be harmful for the environment to hunt or hurt our otters. Fingers crossed these otters will be able to call this new island—and lots of others—"home" soon!
Main image from Patrick Gijsbers / Wikimedia Commons; for illustrative purposes only.