Swamp Things


The Sedgefield lagoon is a jewel – a shimmering mix of salt and fresh water depending on the tide, full of fish and dotted with waders and water birds. Usually.

Two years ago, due to the unusual coldness of the sea, slugs appeared along the shore line. A few at first, then masses as time and good breeding conditions swelled their numbers. I’m really hoping it’s some kind of hermaphrodite reproduction as the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.

Six months after the mollusc arrival we had massive floods and they were all washed out to sea again. Until now. Playing at the boats a week ago the boys found a few under the weeds, when we went yesterday to photograph them, we didn’t have to look under the weeds, they were dotted all over the place. Gross, gross, gross.

Jake loves them, he named the one in his hand Seamus. And, yes, that is slime dripping off the end of the grotesque critter in the pic above.

Slimey Seamus

Slimey Seamus


2 Responses to “Swamp Things”

  1. 1 shoreacres May 21, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Oh. I’m not sure what I think about those things. They remind me of the darned lake where we vacationed when I was a kid – Leech Lake, in Minnesota. It was a nice enough lake and there were plenty of fish for the dads to catch, but the lake also provided bait in the form of- you guessed it – leeches. They were black, and liked to attach themselves to you when you went swimming.

    These sea slugs – what do they do? I’d guess not much, given the expression “Don’t be such a slug”. Does anyone eat them? Sea-slug ceviche has a bit of a ring. They look like they might be more tender than the tree snail I got a bite of once up on the west side of your continent, but I can guarantee you I’ll not be doing the cooking.

    I love these little snap-shot entries!

    I googled ‘recipes sea slugs’ after your comment and, what do you know, there are some results. Seem to be used in Chinese and Japanese cooking. The idea is repulsive but I guess, when you think about it, calamari ain’t pretty in it’s fresh form.

    The slugs don’t do much of anything, but they move surprisingly fast when you take them out of the water. A hideous slithering, rippling, flopping motion that is quite effective.

    As for leeches – ugh, ugh, ugh.

  2. 2 ian in hamburg May 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    That’s what I was wondering – are they good to eat? That is one meaty slug. 🙂

    Ha! I’m going to Fed-Ex a couple over to you and you can rustle up something with sauerkraut!

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