Tuesday, September 28, 2010

American Mink

Have you ever seen one of these? In person? Alive???



I hadn't until this morning. And even then I wasn't quite sure what I was looking at. First I thought it was a Weasel but after doing a little research I realized it was actually an American Mink.



It's so cute! If you'd like to know a little more about them you can click here. I will tell you that they can spray like a skunk. Yikes!




They can also dive up to 16 feet deep! He left a little bubble trail every where he went.



40 comments:

El said...

This is such a neat photo. I've never seen an actual mink either. It's pretty cute. Good to know about the spray too. i had no idea!

Kritter Keeper said...

so cool! now i am thinking we used to have them in our pond but for some reason i haven't seen them for over a year. the sides of the pond had little holes in it...

JayLeigh said...

Oh, goodness, that is so neat! Wonderful pictures and how cool to have been able to see and watch a mink!

Julie G. said...

Fantastic photos! What a beautiful creature. So glad you posted this as I have never seen a Mink before.

Snappy Di said...

No... have never seen one before. Great shot, Sharon!

He's kinda cute. :-)

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, Sharon. I don't think I've ever seen one of these fellows. Do you think they SMELL like a skunk, too? Hmmmm. Wouldn't want to find out. Great shots, though. Susan

Chrissykat said...

omg...SO cute! What a wonderful experience for you. Here is one of my all time favorite quotes:
"No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink." ~Murray Banks~

A Garden of Threads said...

I have not seen one since I was a young child. They used to rob the hen house. But they are very pretty.

Phyllis said...

What great photos and what a wonderful thing to see...in person and ALIVE! I'm glad to know there are some left in the real world and not just in mink ranches.

Laura said...

You see the most interesting things, Sharon! How fun to actually see a mink in person!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

I've seen one swimming once in a pond, and had NO idea what it was at first!
Aren't they adorable? :) ♥

J Bar said...

Never. Great captures.
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Mary Lou said...

We have something in our lake that looks like that but we've never seen anything more than his head or tail for a second. I think ours might be a weasel but now I'm wondering! We think he has a nest under the ground that he swims to.
Great photo.

Ann Nichols said...

This is amazing! What a beautiful little creature! Thanks for sharing!
My father grew up in Maine so I've spent many a wonderful summer there - your photos bring back very pleasant memories!
Going to start "following" your blog adventure today!
Ann

Luna Miranda said...

wow, marvelous photos! i'm not sure but i think i've seen this at the Georgia Aquarium. it's beautiful to see this animal in its natural habitat.

Valerie said...

great shots!

One of the first few posts that I did when I started blogging in April of 09 was about the American mink - I had one living in the back of my yard.

Like you I thought it was a weasel (but I didn't know they could spray). I have only seen it 2 more times and wonder now if it is even still back there.

And I live in the middle of suburbia - but have a tiny creek that runs thru the back of my yard.

Very cute critters!

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HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Such a fascinating, FASCINATING subject...and great photos to boot!

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I do hope you stop by for a visit if time allows!! Have a wonderful wednesday!

Jayne said...

My sister and I saw one down on the river banks and also first thought it was an otter or weasel. They are lightning fast critters, I know that!

La said...

I didn't know they could spray like a skunk. You got some great shots of him.

Have a wonderful Wednesday! La

Angela said...

He's so cute!! I've never seen a mink in person. Must have been fun to watch him swim around! :)

Tricia said...

He looks like a busy lil guy & yes, he's a cuuutie too! Great shots!

Toyin O. said...

Nice shots and great info.

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Loree said...

Oh wow - lucky you. That is amazing. You got some beautiful shots.

Steve Borichevsky said...

I saw my first one earlier this spring. But it was bounding and I just got blurry shots. These are wonderful.

Carolynn said...

I HAVE seen one of these fellows. Cutest little face EVER! I followed it along the shoreline for a while. It kept stopping to see if I was still there. I didn't know what kind of creature it was and I had no idea I came so close to being sprayed. Eek.

Chatelaine said...

Great shot! How cute is he? He looks kind of like an otter too. Good thing you didn't get too close if he sprays.

The Curious Cat said...

So cute! What a rare experience - you are so lucky to have stumbled upon the little chap and caught him on camera! Thanks for sharing him! xxx

sheila lynch said...

So cool, i have never seen a mink! How can anyone where a mink coat after seeing these photos!

Cedar ... said...

In all my 68 years here in the Adirondacks I have never seen one.
Great shot of an elusive critter!

Pat said...

I never knew that they spray like skunks! Huh!

Neat photos!

Maurie Kirschner said...

I have seen mink in person in the wild, but never have they been staying still long enough to get pictures of them - Lucky YOU!

Kerri said...

Oh my ... I have NEVER seen one .... what an awesome little creature!!

acorn hollow said...

We went camping and I was in a hammock and there were three of them playing around the hammock.
they are cute but they are smelly.
Cathy

Erica Houskeeper said...

Wow! What a beautiful creature, and what a great find! Hope you are doing well.

Erica

Mary said...

Whoa, that is so freakin' cool! What a great capture, Sharon!

Dianne said...

NEAT photos! At first, I thought it was a "nutria" like we have in the ponds here.

Karin said...

I can't recall how many mink coats I've seen in years gone by! This coat looks much better on him any day! Awesome pictures!

Bill said...

Minks are actually fairly common but very stealth. What is uncommon is your wonderful photos of these minks! Wow! Glad to have found a New England blogger that I can enjoy. Thank you very much.

Country Girl said...

Wow! Excellent capture. Lucky Sharon!

The Retired One said...

What a super shot of it! they are rare to see, so you were so lucky! We went for a ride today and saw a pine marten which looks very similar and are rare here too...but it was too fast for me (running across the highway). We stopped and saw it at the edge of the woods, but it ran too deep into the woods too fast for me to get any shots of it.