I was delighted to see a half-dozen featureless grey ghosts visit a dilapidated dock in the faint light well before dawn. They constituted a family of otters.
In recent times, I had been wondering about local otters for I had not seen any for 28 months. Had our local otter numbers actually diminished? Had I merely been inattentive? Could it have been both?
Who knows? Yet, otters have now reappeared.
A family of six otters paused briefly on a dock in the dusky light well before dawn.