Weed, Weed, Waterboatmen

Weed, Weed, Waterboatmen - blog post image

Today tales from the riverbank can report weed, weed and more weed! The river is so thick with it, it dragged on the keel of my kayak and tugged at my paddles. My friend’s at Cuckoo Weir Island tell me weed is a swan’s main diet and the size of the bird’s territory is determined by the amount of such natural food which

would explain why, as well as the weed, I also had to navigate a quite few swans this morning. Amongst other things they share their food with waterboatmen that scuttle across the water’s surface. Some people call them Jesus bugs and it is easy to understand why, according to National Geographic they are ‘the most advanced water surface dwellers found in nature! They use their soft tube shaped mouths to suck in nourishment from the weed and algae which they dissolve by spitting on it then sucking in the juices.

 

 


 

SHARE:

Comments

    Post has no comments.

LEAVE A REPLY

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

Journey To The River Sea - blog post image

Journey To The River Sea

Review to follow shortly! 

 

Teachers - have you discovered @BookPenPals? A new initiative pairing authors & illustrators with schools to make reading recommendations via postcards. They're pretty oversubscribed, but if you're interested it might be worth getting your name on the waiting list. They have some fabulous authors on board.