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Friday, March 17, 2006

Mammal Mystery

Can you see the tracks? Some are dogs that came to inspect the tracks and others are made by our most abundant sea mammal. This mammal swam along the shore, walked up onto the sandy beach on all fours and scraped to make a small scent mound of sand. Its tracks show five toes. That is the best clue I can give except to also say this sea mammal is often mistaken, all along our coast, for yet another sea mammal.

I think you will be both surprised and happy to know this mammal lives in the sea. It is a mammal I know well and one that eats salmon, ling cod, crabs, star fish, sculpins, and many freshwater animals since it also swims up rivers and streams. I do believe it even swims now or at one time in the Whitewater River!


At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eastview 6th grade MorganWhat ocean does the mammal Mystery live in?

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous ron hirschi said...

This mystery mammal lives in the Pacific and Atlantic. Near relatives live in all oceans of the world and most freshwaters of the earth.

It is probably one of the most widespread water mammals.

Last night I saw evidence that a female had just given birth. I will try to get photos of the babies soon.......Last year, I got to watch them all spring, summer, and fall, playing and diving with their mom.

From the sea mammal shore, Ron

At March 23, 2006, Anonymous ron hirschi said...

Sea Mammal Alert!

Today I saw this sea mammal crossing the road on my way to the Post Office! On the highway!

This is true. It crawled up a steep bank from the sea, crossed the highway, then wandered into a thick forest.



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