For gathering with the otter you don’t always have to pick him up and double tap F for him to gather and attack targets you can use the whistle command “attack this target” and it does the same thing but without having to pick him up and double tap F and he doesn’t have to be on your shoulders.
What I do is I throw him off my shoulders I go and kill the fish myself and once I got a good group of dead fish I just use whistle “attack this target” and he gathers the meat and pearls from the dead body. Hope this helps for anyone that was constantly picking the otter up and double tapping F to gather.
Once upon a time there was a otter named Otty, he kept me warm the first day we met. I gifted him a helmet as I put him around my shoulder. From going cave hunting to farming oil rocks in the snow. It was a dark and stormy night while we were on the way home from an oil run, suddenly a bright golden light shined upon the red forest and Otty, Argy and I decided to grab it. Alas, we didn't know it was in a pool of water as I was dismounted into a rex by the pond. I ran with argy, expecting to throw otty of my shoulder when we got home. That's when I realized he wasn't on me and found out otters dismount when you enter water. The worst part is we never got a notification that he died. MARK MY WORDS OTTY, I WILL FIND YOU ONE DAY! May we meet again. ~