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On 7/12/2022 at 5:58 AM, RobinHood said:

......and this next piece of work is by a well known local artist..............

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Some of these tags are done with great skill, but I still have a hard time reading them.   SPOC??

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On 7/15/2022 at 2:44 PM, RobinHood said:

Mink family.

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I dissected a skinned mink in jr high school...one of many different things I've dissected in school.  Also, I've used mink as bait in a crab trap.  Haven't seen one alive and with fur yet.

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7 hours ago, MacMe said:

Some of these tags are done with great skill, but I still have a hard time reading them.   SPOC??

That's a better guess than the one that I didn't put any effort into. Now that you mention SPOC, I have to wonder if the artist was dyslexic and meant COPS. ?

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14 hours ago, MacMe said:

Haven't seen one alive and with fur yet

I often see a lone one but this was my first sighting of a family - just a few seconds to grab four photos.

It was almost certainly one of these adults that snatched the third cygnet from this family, despite a vigorous defence by the adult swans, about a week before this photo was taken, so impressive even for a Mink.

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9 hours ago, RobinHood said:

I was just hoping it wasn't something rude., so Single Point Of Contact?

Wasn't considering an acronym.  I thought it was supposed to be a word purposefully misspelled as is often the style. @lonestranger's idea seems plausible as a kind of codeword.  Ah who knows/cares

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9 hours ago, RobinHood said:

so impressive even for a Mink

species from the weasel family are all cool.  I watched a nature program about stoats hunting rabbits way bigger than itself.  It just slowly chased the rabbit until the rabbit got too tired to flee, all while dozens of other rabbits were sitting in the same field eating grass

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1 hour ago, BirdNrd said:

It launched from a nearby air force base.

Isn't the site in California a Space Force base? Sounds crazy that there is now a Space Force branch of the military, but cool at the same time

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2 hours ago, MacMe said:

Isn't the site in California a Space Force base? Sounds crazy that there is now a Space Force branch of the military, but cool at the same time

It was an Air Force base, but apparently now it has a space force base part as well. 

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Started a new hobby this last month doing some snorkeling. Kind of bad timing because I have been having trouble with my shoulder. That said I wasn't able to stay in the spring where these two were for very long and I haven't quite figured out our underwater camera yet so these photos were taken from the sidewalk surrounding the spring we were at. I have seen Blue crab before but the crawfish was a first for Florida.

I think I'm falling in love snorkeling. So cool! I'm not a good swimmer but for some reason I do fine with the snorkeling. Both my husband and I have also gotten into kayaking over the last year. Hubby saw how much fun I had snorkeling yesterday and I think he is going to give a try. Woot woot!

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