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Port Renfrew Whale Watching Report: American Mink

June 26, 2019

Meet the American mink, a semi-aquatic species of mustelid native to North America.

The American mink is a carnivore that feeds on rodents, fish, crustaceans, frogs, and birds. On land, the mink moves by a bounding gate, with speeds up to 6.5km/h. It also climbs trees and swims well.

During swimming the mink propels itself primarily through undulating movements of the trunk. The mink relies heavily on sight when foraging as well as its auditory perception is high enough to detect the ultrasonic vocalizations of rodent prey.  Territories are held by individual animals with minimal overlap. Most territories are in undisturbed, rocky coastal habitats with broad littoral zones and dense cover.

Making the shorelines of Port Renfrew an ideal home!

This young mink as seen above is thoroughly investigating these fish buckets for potential scraps. Their easy adaptation to human disturbance has allowed the American mink to thrive with a conservation status of least concerned.

View more photos of this adorable guy here.

 

 

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