Otter pups out in the wild near Truro have been caught on camera by a West Briton photographer.
Wildlife experts said it was a “remarkable occurrence” to capture on film the three otter pups at play in fast-flowing water at Kennall Vale near Ponsanooth.
Photographer Jon Jacobs said he was amazed to see otters at the nature reserve site at Ponsanooth.
He said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen otters in the wild. When I first saw them I didn’t think they could be otters.”
Mr Jacobs, a keen nature photographer, was at the Kennall Vale nature reserve with his girlfriend Emily when they spotted the otters at about 4pm on a sunny day.
He said: “I saw one otter and then another two and then they were all swimming together. It was very exciting.
“They were playing in the water and kept getting washed downstream.
“They were very small and they were not afraid of me so I think they were very young.”
Mr Jacobs was also surprised by the noise the otter pups made which he described as a kind of squeaking.
John Rance from the wildlife information service at Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said the sighting in broad daylight had been very lucky.
He said: “To see an otter is a remarkable occurrence. That is seriously unusual to see a family in the middle of the day.
“They are usually nocturnal. I can only think that it’s because a mother has a family to feed.”
Mr Rance said the sighting of otters at Kennall Vale was a good sign the animals, which are a protected species, were doing well in Cornwall.
Otters feed on fish and small animals such as frogs or newts and usually inhabit quiet backwaters.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust urged members of the public to record wildlife sightings with them at www.erccis.org.uk