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Old Monday 19th March 2007, 15:22   #1
Heathy
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Differences in Otter and Mink swimming

I have seen 2 large mammals in the last couple of weeks, 1 was definetely a Mink swimming and at another location in Kent a distant mammal swimming. The Mink was swimming with its head and body visible creating a long dark shape whereas the other mammal was swimming with its head clear and then only a small part of its back visible, this created a head, water, back, water impression. Do these 2 species of mammal swim diferently and show the features i have described.

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Old Monday 19th March 2007, 15:59   #2
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I have seen 2 large mammals in the last couple of weeks, 1 was definetely a Mink swimming and at another location in Kent a distant mammal swimming. The Mink was swimming with its head and body visible creating a long dark shape whereas the other mammal was swimming with its head clear and then only a small part of its back visible, this created a head, water, back, water impression. Do these 2 species of mammal swim diferently and show the features i have described.

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Mink swimming on the surface typically show head, gap, hips and a thin tail.

Otters swimming on the surface typically show head, gap, mid-back (NOT hips), gap, broader flattened tail.

Both are of course dependent on water smoothness vs. waves, strenuousness of activity etc.

Size if anything else at all (even reeds or water plants) is in view ought to be a good clue: Mink are marginally bigger than Stoats, Otters are the size of big domestic cats or slim foxes.

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