The Otter's Trail

During the mid-80s, zoologists still regarded the European otter as a species on the verge of extinction. What they did not take into consideration was the fact that the shy aquatic animals are extremely adaptable.
Sabine HolzerKarl Königsberger
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English [CC]
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3.8 out of 5 stars

19 global ratings

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MaximReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great film showing otters' lives in the wild and interacting with us humans
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A truly great storehouse of colorful information about otters. I just read another review that was horrified the film shows otters eating fish and other live creatures. Oh my! I say a film that shows how otters truly live is wonderful. And children aren't as delicate as some nervous adults might imagine. And showing that the otters were almost wiped out by hunting is another great thing to show. It makes it all the more real that we have a choice whether to allow them to live. Trying to put a Disney facade over how wild animals truly live simply means we aren't really understanding what is really going on or what is needed.
The camera angles and direction is admirable. I can't imagine how they managed to film this what with the otters running through fields and forests at top speed. Enough! I recommend watching this film if you like wildlife and learning what's going on in the world of wild creatures!
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Jack HReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2014
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very intense scenes, including setting traps to kill endangered otters. Poorly produced. Not worth watching.
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I do not recommend watching this show at all. I especially recommend against watching it with your kids, especially if your kid is sitting on the couch holding her favorite otter toy.
This is definitely not a "Disney Nature" or "Wild America" type nature show. If you're expecting a show about the lives of otters, you've come to the wrong show.

First scenes...otters killing and eating fish. Yes, it's what happens, Yes, it's natural...but showing it in all it's bloody, bone-crunching, flesh-ripping detail is not suitable material for what's billed as a children's show.

Next up...a guy going out to set snap traps for otters and talking about how horrible they are and how they have to be exterminated! Is this a nature show about endangered otters or a snuff film?
Maybe the rest was wonderful, but that this point, it got shut off.

I thought the production values were cheap, the camera angles were poor and herky-jerky, and the sound editing (like emphasizing the crunching of bones in the fish-eating scene) was unrealistic.

You'll be better off watching something like "Ocean Mysteries - Otterly Delightful" ( the very least your kids won't have to deal with people setting snap traps to kill otters.
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goodfruitReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Doc on Otters!
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Considering that it is not easy to follow otters on camera, in and out of water, this was an amazing film. I loved learning more about their habitat and am glad they are making a comeback in Europe instead of just being considered a nuisance. It is a bit like our Gray Wolf over here in Western America.
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DWLReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Should not be rated "All"
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Shows a live otter trapped with a steel trap. Nice image for young children. Obviously rated "All" by someone who does not have young children.
This means we need to ignore Amazon's ratings and do diligence on content on our own.
B and MJReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great documentary!
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It was well done and amazing how they got the shots they did. The quality was wonderful and very informative and entertaining.

B and MJ
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Brittney Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Such great footage and info on such a secretive and im sure not so easy animal to film! Great.job!
str8ldyReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Animal
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My love for otters started by reading Ring of Bright Water and I look for anything that talks about them.
This was very educational.
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PearlyReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2016
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Five Stars
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Children would be interested in this, they should be encouraged see more wild life programs to appreciate nature.
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