Video: Copyright Josh Brannon
The Brazilian Pantanal is a hotbed of biodiversity.
The swampy area in the middle of the Amazon—the world's largest wetland—is also a hotbed of controversy. Bordering farmland in both Brazil and Paraguay, fauna indigenous to the Pantanal—especially jaguars—often roam outside the bounds of their traditional home, coming into conflict with farmers and their livestock.
In this series of photos and videos -- including this one, where an otter seems to be communicating to the filmmaker -- a group of giant otters swim, eat, and play in their swampy home.