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Critter I saw at the Oregon Coast


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#1    DieChecker

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:56 PM

We were on vacation at the Oregon coast and were staying at Newport. We got up early and went down to the rocks to look at the tide pools with the kids and we saw this little guy. Looked like a ferret to me, but has anyone ever heard of a wild ferret living off seafood on the Oregon Coast?

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If I had to guess, I would say the whole critter was like 18 inches long.

From the look of his nose, it appears he's been living on the beach for some time.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 09:05 PM

Mink.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 09:06 PM

Far as I can tell: American mink

http://en.m.wikipedi...i/American_mink

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 09:07 PM

My guess would be either the American Marten or American Mink.
Both are about the size you describe, the marten will eat fish in coastal areas, but the mink is semiaquatic and eats mostly fish and other aquatic foodstuffs.  Of the two, I'd guess the mink.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:30 AM

It's clearly a dolphin.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:48 AM

Dinner

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:30 AM

View PostSkepticalB, on 25 August 2013 - 12:48 AM, said:

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No way. He was small bony and looked yucky.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:36 AM

It does look like a mink.

Thanks for the ID guys.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:04 AM

View PostDieChecker, on 25 August 2013 - 04:36 AM, said:

It does look like a mink.

Thanks for the ID guys.

No problem!

It can be hard to identify dolphins sometimes!

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Edited by Imaginarynumber1, 26 August 2013 - 05:04 AM.

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