The Secret Life of the Otter

In The Secret Life of the Otter, Andy Howard presents a stunning collection of photos that brings us as close to these captivating creatures as one could ever hope for.

A curious cub. © Andy Howard

About The Secret Life of the Otter

Among the most popular and endearing of Britain’s wild creatures, Eurasian otters inhabit not only the full length of the British and Irish coasts but also many river systems and lochs. Formerly hunted almost to extinction, they are one of conservation’s great success stories.

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In this book, Andy Howard opens their lives to us with a perfect combination of words and images: how they hunt, the beauty of their movement, fierce battles over territory, and how they raise their young. From the Scottish Highlands to Vancouver Island, Andy’s stunning photography will amaze and enlighten.

About Andy Howard

Andy Howard is one of Britain’s leading wildlife photographers, specialising in the animals and birds of the mountains and coast. For many years, both his work and his preferences have taken him to the most remote areas of Cairngorms National Park.

His first book, The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare, published in 2018, was an immediate success and his second, The Secret Life of the Cairngorms, was an instant hit and sold out within months of publication. He contributes to many periodicals and websites, as well as television programmes such as The One Show, Countryfile and Landward.

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.


Cuteness overload. © Andy Howard
Cuteness overload. © Andy Howard
A curious cub. © Andy Howard
A curious cub. © Andy Howard
Otter with dogfish. © Andy Howard
Otter with dogfish. © Andy Howard
Treading water. © Andy Howard
Treading water. © Andy Howard
Family portrait. © Andy Howard
Family portrait. © Andy Howard
Squabbling over a fish. © Andy Howard
Squabbling over a fish. © Andy Howard
Playtime. © Andy Howard
Playtime. © Andy Howard
Breakfast is served. © Andy Howard
Breakfast is served. © Andy Howard
Otter on the prowl. © Andy Howard
Otter on the prowl. © Andy Howard
Otter feast disturbed by white-tailed eagles. © Andy Howard
Otter feast disturbed by white-tailed eagles. © Andy Howard
Otter with conger eel. © Andy Howard
Otter with conger eel. © Andy Howard
Rhapsody in silver and grey. © Andy Howard
Rhapsody in silver and grey. © Andy Howard
Supportive shoulder piggy back. © Andy Howard
Supportive shoulder piggy back. © Andy Howard
Secret Life of the Otter, by Andy Howard. Published by Sandstone Press.
Secret Life of the Otter, by Andy Howard. Published by Sandstone Press.