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There are records of pike up to 10kg being taken - bigger than the otter!

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Quirky facts about otters

Sea otters will tie themselves up with kelp so that they can fall asleep without floating away on the tide.

The ancient celts have their own system of birth signs. Someone born between June 10 and July 7, were said to have a personality which can be likened to an otter.

The origin for the word otter is the ancient Indo-European word for water - vydra. From this came the Greek hydra, and their word for otter enhydris. The Romans later came up with aqua for water and lutra for otter. Our modern English word is borrowed directly from the old German otter.

There is a 15th century record of one John, son of Dermod, paying 164 otter skins to Henry IV in lieu of rent.

Aristotle once said "The otter will bite a man and it is said that whenever it bites it will never leave go until it hears a bone crack"

The smelliest British carnivore is probably the polecat (it used to be known as the foumart, short for foul marten)

An otter has very thick coat - A canadian scientist counted up to 40,000 hairs in one square inch!

Otter whiskers are vital for hunting in murky water. This was proved by an experiment in which an otter's whiskers were CHOPPED OFF. He took 20 times as long to find his food! Thankfully the whiskers grew back.

Some young cubs are scared of water and have to be cajoled by mum to enter for the first time. Sometimes mum will swim out with a cub on her back before suddently diving. Surprise!

An otter's dropping is called spraint. The word came from the French Úpreindre, to squeeze out!

Otter subways have been built under roads in a couple of places where several otters have been killed crossing busy roads.

Sea otters have the densest fur of any animal.

In Bangladesh and Nepal, smooth-coated otters have been trained to help people catch fish.