Unidentified Leaping Creature May Have Been Identified

Cynthia Kenny Sam forwarded my unidentified leaping creature post to her son, Oen, who came up with this identification: a mink.  Looking at the mink print (inset on the lower left) next to the print I photographed, they do look more alike than anything else I have seen.  I wouldn’t have thought we had mink on Cape Ann, but it looks like we might have an identification.  Has anyone ever seen or heard of mink sightings around Cape Ann?

E.J. Lefavour

About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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11 Responses to Unidentified Leaping Creature May Have Been Identified

  1. Anonymous says:

    minky randazza, but he passed away a few years ago…

  2. Nice investigation and post, EJ —
    (ps. It’s Cynthia Kennedy Sam, and Oen Kennedy (singer-songwriter, music therapist, nature lover! )

  3. mustelidblues says:

    Definitely looks mustelid to me, mink are common in the area (just ask Paul, he has photographed mink, weasels, and otters several times) and I have seen mink a few times in the area (Plum Island, Essex, and in Paul’s backyard!) Without a size comparison it’s hard to say if it’s mink or weasel (and what species at that) but because it is in sand, my guess would be mink as they are semi-aquatic and feed mostly on fish, amphibians, and crustaceans. Which beach did you catch this on?

    Cool shots, thanks for sharing!!

    • E.J. says:

      I know you probably were checking to see if it was a ferret. I found the tracks on Cambridge Beach in Annisquam, a place I walk often but had never seen tracks that looked anything like these before. I was surprised at mink because I didn’t think they were around here, but obviously they are. Having looked at every different mammal and rodent track I could think of, the mink track does look most like the ones I photographed, so although I’m not certain that is what made them, it seems possible.

      • mustelidblues says:

        I would be surprised if it were a ferret, most ferrets don’t survive long in the wild, a day or so at most. They have no survival skills and get preyed upon quickly, sadly. But mink, however, are native and abundant, and seem to love the area, especially the Anniquam river area as it provides lots of food and is protected from the open ocean. You’re lucky to have caught such fresh and pristine tracks, mink are usually pretty secretive, and most people never see them or know they are around.

  4. Alicia says:

    Would make a nice fur stole…

    just kidding! I hope I don’t get paint thrown on me now.

  5. mustelidblues is right. we have at our vernal pond minks. Our dog 11 year old Jack Russell chased one with a chipmunk in her mouth one time. She almost caught it. If she was younger she would’ve.Our Blaze loves to chase all the wild life here. She’s a sweetheart. Joey doesn’t care for her to much because almost brought down GMG on her first visit there.

  6. candide2588 says:

    Thought it couldn’t be a mink because the last ne I saw was sort of slinking along, not leaping, so I thought something like a squirrel was more likely. But then I found this: http://www.ehow.com/video_4417570_track-mink.html. Mink it is!

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