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Distinguished river creatures call it home.
And to one struggling Hellbender species, their only home.

North American River Otter

The river otter, once common throughout the United States, began to
decline in the mid 1880s. They became rare by the early 1900s and were
extinct in Indiana by 1921. Wild caught otters from Louisiana were
successfully reintroduced into Blue River in 1999.

Though rarely seen in the wild, a trained eye can often detect their
presence. Landings, areas of flattened vegetation on a bank, are used by
river otters for rolling and grooming.


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Hellbenders are North America’s largest salamander and the world’s
second largest. Blue River is their only known habitat in Indiana. The
high oxygen levels of the river make it an ideal environment for
hellbenders and other aquatic wildlife. A hellbender’s diet is limited
to crayfish and they can live to be an amazing 29 years old.

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Hellbender Coloring

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Group of Hellbenders

Blue Herons

Herons and egrets are expert fishermen. They stand like statues in the
water until their keen eyes discover a fish swimming by. Then, at
exactly the right instant, with one sudden jab of the bill, they seize
their prey.

Sometimes they stalk slowly through the shallow water, lifting each foot
clear and setting it down again so gently that no ripple warns the fish
or frog.

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Blue Heron at River's Edge