If you want to catch a glimpse of river otters frolicking, head to Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon.
A family of five to eight otters lives at the park, and early mornings when the lagoon is frozen is often the best time to catch them as CBC’s David Horemans found out.
He shot the video of the river otters playing on Sunday around 11 a.m. PT.
One person who saw the otters playing and grooming each other called it a “love fest” in the video.
Greg Hart, the urban wildlife program coordinator for the Stanley Park Ecology Society, says otters are common in the area.
“They are very gregarious and known to play,” he said. “The sliding on the ice … that’s really typical behaviour for them.”
The otters also eat the invasive fish carp, which is found in Lost Lagoon.
Last month, another pair of otters were caught on video playing on the ice near the Lost Lagoon boardwalk.