A closer look ...
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A complete surprise... the first time in the seven years I have lived here.
Two of them (so far!) They cruise around the pond and climb out on the shore to nibble the greenery.
This explained the mystery of the big splash that I heard three times at night during the previous week. They are
active at night, and dive noisily when alarmed.
You can see the rudder-like tail in this picture.
It's not always straight like this... it swishes back and forth like an "S".
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