What the otter had for dinner.
5th April 2012: It was a Wilden Marsh workday today, and this was found on the riverbank, by Mike Averill, the Worcestershire Dragonfly Recorder. After much discussion and consultation, we decided that the unfortunate fish was a pike, but we were not absolutely sure. Is it, a pike or a salmon? Someone will confirm, either way, in due course.
Having now looked at the photographs, I think it is a pike.
The fish was quite smelly, so it had been on the bank for a while.
I know these images are a little gory, but this is what happens in nature.
I would have liked to have seen the otter grapple with this carnivore. At a guess, I would estimate the pike’s length at around 600mm (2 feet).