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Another Close Look: Mink vs. Otter

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · mink, otter

These events occurred on Sunday, April 12, 2009… When one spies a large, elongate, furry rodent at Radnor Lake in Nashville, Tennessee, chances are extremely good – probably on the order of 80% – that the mammal is an otter. (See the YouTube movie of a running otter at the bottom of this post!) If […]

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Solved: T’was a Northern River Otter

April 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments · mink, otter, photography, Radnor Lake

I have finally come to a rock-solid conclusion as to the species of the elongate mammal I filmed as it ran up a steep hill along the South Cove trail at Radnor Lake. It was an otter — specifically, a northern river otter — for certain. The giveaway was the tail! I came very close […]

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Northern River Otter vs. American Mink

April 3rd, 2008 · 17 Comments · mink, otter

Mink are sometimes confused with otters. The most obvious difference is size; the mink is slightly smaller than a domestic cat, while an otter is considerably larger — closer in size to a medium-sized dog. The tails differ as well. Otters have a stout tapering tail, horizontally flattened, whilst mink have a more cylindrical and […]

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Is This a Mink or a River Otter?

April 1st, 2008 · 10 Comments · mink, otter, Radnor Lake

I would be very interested in your feedback here; I am not sure whether this is a mink or a river otter. This elongate mammal was seen scurrying up a steep hill on Sunday, March 30, 2008. I am so glad the movement happened to catch my attention, but I sure wish I could have […]

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