This pesky sea otter has taken to hanging out at the Oak Bay Marina

There otter be a law

Pesky otter at Oak Bay Marina will be relocated

He is cute and popular with visitors, but his days of hanging out at the Oak Bay Marina are numbered.

An otter has been regularly appearing on a dock where visitors frequently feed harbour seals with fish purchased from the marina gift shop. However, when he appears, he isn’t shy about what he wants – his cut of either seal or human food.

“He’s not afraid of people,” said Susan Barcham, communications and corporate affairs director for the marina. “He will jump right onto the dock and get very close to people.”

Visitors love the otter but Barcham said people are forgetting he’s a wild animal with sharp teeth and claws. Due to his lack of fear and the potential for human injury as tourist season begins, the marina plans to relocate the furry creature. So far, Barcham is unaware of the otter injuring anyone.

“He is very, very cute, but he is a wild animal and people need to be careful,” Barcham said. “We want to be humane so we are going trap him and move him out.”

Otters do periodically appear at the marina, but they are never this fearless, Barcham said, and while visitors may love seeing them, a lot of boaters don’t.

“They tend to be a boater’s nemesis,” she said. “They will get up onto boats and make a mess. They will get under tarpaulin, into any opening they can find and hang out for a while.”

The marina plans to relocate the otter as soon as possible.

Just Posted

Oak Bay High student selected for Canada Youth Olympic Team

Barbarians rugby player Lachlan Kratz heads to Las Vegas for Qualifiers

Free public lecture timed with scientific meeting in Sidney

Oceanographer Gregory Johnson speaks on the robots that monitor ocean temperature and salinity

Man charged in suspected Greater Victoria bus assault

The Victoria Police Department has arrested a man for sexual assault aboard… Continue reading

Library’s French collection gets $15,000 boost

Provincial grant adds extra French-language materials to Greater Victoria Public Library collection

Cruise Industry Job Fair on Saturday

Nearly 900 jobs created by the industry

President praises nearly 1,800 volunteers at B.C. Games

Ashley Wadhwani sits down with the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games President Niki Remesz

B.C. VIEWS: Our not-so-New Democrats don’t rock the boat

Finance Minister Carole James takes the wheel, steers similar course

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canadians all smiles after record medal haul

Team Canada is taking home a record 29 medals from Pyeongchang – 11 gold, eight silver, 10 bronze

‘All of us should be ashamed’: Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty

Jury acquitted Raymond Cormier in the death of Tina Fontaine after 11-hour deliberation

B.C. girl hopes DNA drive will help her find birth parents in China

Isabelle Smit, 10, is one of 20 international adoptees from Chongqing looking for DNA samples

That’s a wrap: Day 2 of B.C. Games ends with multiple ties in gold, bronze

Vancouver-Coastal Zone 5 continues to lead, so far earning 25 gold, 32 silver and 25 bronze

Saanich skater golden at B.C. Winter Games

Desiree Grubell takes gold, Emily Walzak silver in Special Olympics figure skating.

The way government learn someone has died is getting a digital overhaul

Governments in Canada turned to private consultants 2 years ago to offer blueprint

Bobsleigh team misses Olympic medal finish

Canadian team finishes four-man event 0.84 seconds behind first place, 0.31 seconds from podium

Most Read