While reaching into the water to cut off old dead blooms from the waterlilies, Jimmy has had his finger nipped and bumped by some mysterious thing under the water. Can you believe it? We have our own Creature from the Black Lagoon....that was one of my favorite childhood movies.
We've searched and searched, but we can't see anything. We did discover however that this mysterious creature has eaten up the multitude of rather large water snails that were in the pool and I suppose all fish and our sweet tenant frog is gone too. We were wondering why we hadn't seen our little green friend in a week or so.
I'm not daring enough to stick my finger in the water, but our daughter Suzanne has suggested that we dangle a piece of hotdog on a string and see what happens. It's not a snake because a snake isn't daring enough to nudge at your finger when you stick it in the water. Do you suppose it might be a wandering, traveling turtle that has found its way to our watergarden? You would think that we would see it.
Besides trying to nip at your finger, the new tenant is eating up our water plants, taking bites out of waterlily buds even before they have a chance to bloom and also eating up the nice green lily pads. We're all a little frightened of what might be lurking below the surface of the water and we've also noticed that the cats are very cautious when drinking water out of the pool...they lap & lick, but very slowly as they watch the water closely. Do you suppose that maybe they have had their little cat tongues nipped at too?
We're keeping a close eye on our water garden and if this THING eats up all of our water plants then we will be forced to drain the pool, clean it out and start over. It will be a shame because we finally have just the right balance of everything to support life without having to feed it ourselves.
Why couldn't we just have some lovely long legged exotic bird stop in for a visit?
Maybe this THING will leave just as mysteriously as it came....we can only hope.