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Otters

Slapton Ley is an ideal place for the European otter (Lutra lutra) with abundant food and undisturbed areas for lying up and breeding. Over 90% of the otter's diet is fish. Male otters can travel up to 20 km and their territories include the rivers flowing into the Ley such as the River Gara. You are very lucky if you see an Otter but spraints are found at certain locations suggesting that the population is fairly stable.