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#14420 - 09/21/09 07:27 AM Re: Mink question. It's eyes? Or it's nose?
Ric Offline


Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 3689
Loc: Wellington,OH=USA
My wife's department is in the process of training a Belgian Malinois and I have sat in on a few sessions and talked at length with the trainers. Dogs do not smell a corpse underwater. They smell the gasses that have resulted from decomposition and risen to the surface. The dog will signal it's detection of the decomp and divers will finish the search taking into consideration water currents etc.

So was the mink performing the tasks of both dog and diver? Following a scent trail to the general location of the fish then diving and visually locating and retrieving it? I find this a very likely series of events.

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#14421 - 09/21/09 08:30 AM Re: Mink question. It's eyes? Or it's nose?
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 10100
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Mercy!! I envisioned a much smaller pool. I very much believe that animals can smell decomposition gases that float/rise to the surface and become airborne. That said, I wonder what the reaction is if water current is carrying the odor in one direction, yet the wind might be blowing in the opposite direction.

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#14422 - 09/22/09 08:01 AM Re: Mink question. It's eyes? Or it's nose?
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 273
Loc: Jay, Maine
Kinda like a train going West with a Westerly wind?

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#14423 - 09/22/09 09:05 AM Re: Mink question. It's eyes? Or it's nose?
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Not at all.

It's excatly like the water current carrying the odor one way, and then the air current carrying it another. We're dealing with two different odor transport systems here, air and water.

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#27342 - 01/08/20 10:14 AM Re: Mink question. It's eyes? Or it's nose? [Re: redsnow]
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Registered: 03/12/03
Posts: 1486
Dated for search.

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