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Hairy Monster from the deep found in shallows...

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 4:57 am    Post subject: Hairy Monster from the deep found in shallows... Reply with quote

Hairy Monster from the deep found in shallows...

There were two of us in the boat, basking in the bright afternoon

summer sunshine with a couple of rods hanging over the side to collect tea.
The boat was just a small, but cool looking, 14 foot dory anchored in a sheltered bay and

afterall, what wildlife was there in British waters that could eat it and the crew in one go?

The line on one rod gradually tightened and first we were aware of

anything was when the rod end began to slowly bend.
It was unusual from the start, in that, although it was a most gradual increase in tension, it was without relent

and I very soon realised I ought to grab the rod a bit sharpish before it twanged itself into the sea.
The first thing I noticed was the gentleness of the pull, then as I

started to hold the tension, I was very much aware of the huge mass that was on the other end.

Over time I had the balance weighed off of lift, lower gently

whilst winding in the line and then lift again and it was coming to the surface a couple of centimeters at a time, but it was coming.... coming to the surface.... the

surface where we were.... My mind raced to the typical movie scene where someone hears a sound in the dark and goes to investigate, whilst the audience shouts

'dont go, you fool'.

When the creature broke surface, the appearance met imagination and sent the pulse rocketing from a sprint start. What lunged out the

water in an arch was a back of a beast that bristled with tufts of dark brown fibrous hairs. The area that could be seen above the murky water was about a meter

across, but the fight/flight centre of my brain had quickly noticed that the arch of the skin above surface was a very shallow curve, which in my mind calculated that

the unseen bit below water projected itself as a huge beast....... and was now right by the boat....... and possibly somewhat inconvenienced.

Well, obviously

writing this, you know we survived. The projection was certainly a possibility, of course, but in this case was not reality and the old fashioned discarded doormat was

lifted, solid in fine silt, into the boat.

What was actually remarkable was the amount of juvenile crabs that were coming out of it in their hundreds and we realised

it had played its part as a prolific kinder garden for future generations of local crustaceans and so was returned to beneath the water.

We had pizza for

tea.

Stephen
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There now (well after you pulse returned to near norm) you 'survived and bear witness that there are artificial reefs that are of great benefit to

the benthic community!!! well presented SurprisedP
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember you arrived out the sea with green seaweed all over you. That looked just as entertaining.... shall I tell?!
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