Crip and the Carp

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© May Lattanzio
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Today, May 10, I went over to the creek, and Crip came off the bank where his summer throne is on a shelf between a tree and its saplings. He always comes when I call - heck, he's going to get fed. As he was eating his floating dog kibble, the submarines arrived. About a dozen today, and a small one about 20 inches long. The grass carp. These were released into Deer Point Lake where the creeks empty, to keep down vegetation. I'm not so sure they're doing their job - we have so much vegetation. You can't fish for them; illegal. They are county workers! And they are wonderful to watch. Big mouths, small eyes, huge bodies. They are capable of clumsy, loud jumps resulting in lots of splashing water and radiating ripples. Crip doesn't mind them except when they nearly lift him out of the water - I've seen that happen, and he gets a bit flustered.

Most of them are over a yard long, very deep bodied. They will stick their heads above the water, zero in on a piece of kibble, open their mouths - the upper "lip" is pointed in the middle and they suck in the food. Their scales are large and distinctive; there is one bearing scars who has been visiting for a few days.

This is life in my little "laboratory". Two spots on this little dead end slough, thanks to wonderful neighbors.

PS: The tadpoles have hatched! I saw them swimming and resting against a submerged waterlily leaf. Just little tails so far.

3 responses

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (10 May 2018):

    Thanks for sharing. Great shot and narrative

  • teresa B

    teresa B   gave props (13 May 2018):

    Love hering about your time there and beautiful photo.

  • Kathy Sumter-Haman

    Kathy Sumter-Haman gave props (28 May 2018):

    Great color and reflections.

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