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March 22, 2013 at 4:38 PM

All hail, the mighty Otter

No, not this kind:

Homer the otter enjoys a Capelin at Point Defiance Park and Zoo in Tacoma. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer

Homer the otter enjoys a Capelin at Point Defiance Park and Zoo in Tacoma. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer

This kind:

My beaten, battered OtterBox case for my beloved iPhone. How rugged is this great little thing? So rugged that when I found my phone this morning on the top of my car, where I had forgotten it for two days two nights several snow and rain showers and multiples trips riding all around everywhere, my phone was just … fine. Glowing cheerfully with all my mixed texts and phone calls. It was kind of nice being without it for a while, I confess. Though rather inconvenient for a working reporter. Or more accurately, for the people trying to reach one.

All by way of saying, you outdoor types, if you haven’t already, Otter-up! Or the equivalent! You may be glad indeed.

I do know some certifiably outdoorsy types, such as Jeff Duda, research ecologist at the USGS Western Fisheries Science Research Center in Seattle, who use no case at all, choosing instead to “go bare” to embrace the beauty of these sleek devices.

But that is because he knows how to take his entire phone apart, blow it dry and put it back together again. He says it still worked after a dunk, even with a few bits left over on the counter when he put it back together.

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