Pond Boss Magazine
http://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
tdickie, larry yaley, Webster, bassjamn, Used Apple Macbo
15618 Registered Users
Forum Stats
15619 Members
36 Forums
35962 Topics
489207 Posts

Max Online: 1210 @ 08/23/18 11:01 PM
Top Posters
esshup 24029
Cecil Baird1 20043
ewest 19489
Dave Davidson1 13533
Bill Cody 12449
Who's Online
5 registered (anthropic, Brad346, teehjaeh57, Bing, snrub), 73 Guests and 469 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Topic Options
#489540 - 05/04/18 03:11 PM Muskrats float?
jstiz Offline


Registered: 05/17/13
Posts: 119
Loc: IN Batesville
So I've been hunting a nuisance Muskrat for 2 weeks and finally one night he came up out of the water and was snacking on some crayfish. Shot him/her on the bank and flopped twice and then swam off in the water. I haven't seen him/her since. I figured a dead one would float? Thoughts?

Water has cleared up also.

Top
#489543 - 05/04/18 03:49 PM Re: Muskrats float? [Re: jstiz]
Lovnlivin Offline


Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 1502
Loc: Eagle, NE
I would guess once it gases up it would float. Or, maybe a Mink took care of it, or a Snapper, or,,,,,

Any other predators that could have snacked on it before it had a chance to float?

Just a few WAG's
_________________________
Keith - Still Lovin Livin

https://youtu.be/o-R41Rfx0k0
(a short video tribute to the PB members we met on our 5 week fishing adventure)

Formerly: 2ac LMB,HSB,BG,HBG,RES

Top
#489545 - 05/04/18 04:00 PM Re: Muskrats float? [Re: jstiz]
dlowrance Offline


Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 856
Loc: Central IL
Most mammals of any size will not float immediately after death in water. Usually anywhere between 7-14 days (depending on water temp, etc) if the carcass hasn't been eaten it'll float up, but not initially.

Most birds will float initially just due to their innate buoyancy from the feathers. Mammals, not so much.



Edited by dlowrance (05/04/18 04:01 PM)
Edit Reason: missed a word
_________________________
Dale



"When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water." - anonymous

Top
#489546 - 05/04/18 04:07 PM Re: Muskrats float? [Re: jstiz]
jstiz Offline


Registered: 05/17/13
Posts: 119
Loc: IN Batesville
Thanks for the info guys!

Top
#489548 - 05/04/18 04:16 PM Re: Muskrats float? [Re: jstiz]
Redonthehead Offline
Fingerling

Registered: 04/03/07
Posts: 185
Loc: Missouri
It might float immediately, or might sink if hit in the lungs. My bet, however, is it made it back into its den and may eventually die there.
_________________________

Top

Today's Birthdays
Alabama Woody, R&R, TheWayISeeIt
Recent Posts
What did you do at your pond today?
by anthropic
3 minutes 47 seconds ago
Pond Boss Forum get together, Sept 22, 2018
by Bing
36 minutes 44 seconds ago
Question over somethin I heard on Bob's video
by snrub
Yesterday at 11:28 PM
Welcome to Pond Boss
by snrub
Yesterday at 11:19 PM
Aerating a 140 acre lake
by Downrigger56304
Yesterday at 09:34 PM
Fish ID help
by Brad346
Yesterday at 09:28 PM
A Pond Log by QA
by Quarter Acre
Yesterday at 09:27 PM
Green film after first time fertilizing
by ewest
Yesterday at 09:00 PM
Mike Whatley, same chips?
by Mike Whatley
Yesterday at 07:18 PM
solar aerator for 1/2 acre pond?
by Dilley
Yesterday at 05:10 PM
Newly Uploaded Images
Vegetation ID
Our new pond
CNBG
My Best Longear so far
Help ID this fish
Crayfish monster.

2014 POND BOSS INC. all rights reserved USA and Worldwide