Weed, Weed, Waterboatmen

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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.

 

 


 

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