That got your attention! ….. now how often do you hear it said, ‘it’s not just about the fishing?”
Not long ago on a slow day on the river something caught my attention under a small rocky ledge, I have no idea how, but it did. At first I thought I was about to prove the truth of one of those fishy Roswell alien conspiracy theories or uncover a prehistoric creature that had by some miracle manage to survive the hypothetical explanation of the Cretaceous extinction of creatures sixty-five million years ago, either by an extraterrestrial impact, such as an asteroid or comet, or a massive bout of volcanism.
No such luck. – What it did though was keep me riveted for at least an hour while I was oblivious of all around me including trout rising to a caddis hatch a short cast away. In complete fascination I was privileged to witness a Variegated Tailless Whip Scorpion (Damon variegatus) in the laborious process of shedding its skin. Now what makes this small miracle of nature so fascinating is that the crusty creature (completely harmless by the way, although you wouldn’t think so!) slowly extracted its entire body from its exoskeleton. And, if you look at the photographs and see the soft, delicate legs in particular that had to be pulled from the inside of its, needle thin10cm length outer skin legs, then one can only but marvel at Mother nature – maternal, creative and caring
It’s true – it’s not always just about the fishing.
I share the event in the sequence of photographs below
Within another hour, on my way back downstream, this vulnerable creature below with its soft new skin had hardened and turned brown in colour.
The old Damon, spent and empty.
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