Friday, July 23, 2010

What the ... Hellbender?!

There were hellbenders a-plenty yesterday. This particular one, having been caught by Nick 3, is named Xavier Worthington Ramsbottom Smide III. We would pull up enormous rocks and wait for the dust to settle and then go for the kill (...catch) and grab the hellbender sitting there. There's a disease infecting hellbenders called Chytrid which we tested for by swabbing their feet and sides. No kidding, these things were like huge slimy bananas, only more slippery. By far, these were the coolest animals we've caught at Creek Camp (sorry catisflies, you just didn't make the cut).

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