Anyone have any idea what leaping little creature made these tracks on the beach?
Bounding is done by animals with relatively long bodies. The animal springs forward like a slinky-toy releasing itself, and all four feet come down in the same general area, and then they repeat the operation, leaving clustered prints in widely separated groups, as shown above. There are plenty of bounding animals — weasels, minks, otters, and many more. However, in our backyards most of us will only see the tracks of two kinds of bounders — chipmunks and squirrels. And they don’t always bound.
Prints of chipmunks and squirrels often show claw marks, but sometimes the claws don’t show at all. (from backyardnature.com)