Went out to test my new camera and housing (having never used it including the video function) ….when all of a sudden something was pressing on my shoulder, I looked to my left and right there pushing down with two little hands was the otter. ‘sitting’ on my shoulder to try and get a peek of what I was up to!   I was stunned!!   Jacques de Vos

Watch the footage of Jacques wonderful encounter on Freedive at


Nicola Oakes is researching the otters of the Cape Peninsula.  She asks that `otter spotters’ contact her with information about the location, size and number of otter seen.  For more information about the research project, go to: