By David Draper
In the past few months we’ve heard of otters eating alligators and terrorizing customers at a fast food restaurant, tarnishing the furry mammal’s cute and cuddly reputation. But not all otters are vicious creatures out for blood. Some, like the endangered short-haired otters, have been helping fishermen in Bangladesh catch fish for centuries.
Otter fishing is a centuries-old tradition in Bangladesh; a rare technique that is passed on from father to son.
“We use them because they catch more fish that we can alone,” Shashudhar Biswas, a fisherman in his 50s whose family has trained otters for generations, told Time.