When the new human had set it back on the ground, Shade turned itself into a larger otter, deciding that a larger form might be wiser in these circumstances. It eyed the new arrival for a few moments, wondering whether to apologize for nipping him or not. He did seem rather upset, but that's what you got for alarming Shade. Despite it's usual shyness, Shade had a temper and it knew how to use it.
Eventually guilt won out and the otter trotted over and sat on the boy's knee.
"Sorry about that," it said, "You just startled me a bit. I'm Shade, a shapeshifter. That over there's Ivory, Ami and Selena. Who're you?"