Minnesota’s Largest Aquatic Carnivore

minnesota river otter

What I thought was a sea lion, escaped from the Minnesota zoo, was actually a close relative, a river otter, cruising down the Mississippi River in Red Wing, MN. Apparently, river otter are common in northern MN, but have only recently ventured south beyond the frothy Minneapolis waters of the Mississippi.

More from the MN DNR

Some great photos, taken in northern MN, by Mark Udstrand