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Dung clue points to otters in Sandy bay

Unusual faecal remains found on the shoreline could be evidence that otters have fished for crabs in Sandy Bay, in a nature first for the Rock.

Although otters have been spotted in and around rivers in the Campo de Gibraltar, they have never been recorded in Gibraltar.

Now, the findings on the groyne in Sandy Bay have nature experts thrilled at the prospect that these animals, which hunt in the marine environment as well as rivers, may have made the trip to across the bay.

Visiting bird and wildlife enthusiast Richard Mould-Ryan found what he believes were spraints - the scientific word for excrement - on the Sandy Bay groyne during his visit to Gibraltar this week.

If the spraint is found to be from an otter it will be the first recorded evidence of these animals on the Rock.


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