“Epic frogging ...monster tadpoles... 2 snakebites... And the prize, an unidentified snake-like tadpole” Werner Conradie.
What a time these frog chasers had at our sleepover at the Lagoon! Don't worry friends, while each of our herpetologists received a snakebite, it was little more than an annoyance. Werner knows his frogs from the time they are tadpoles, so when he says he can't identify a tadpole, it’s a cause for excitement. Other massive tadpoles were caught and 2 species of snakes were snagged which have been hard to come by.
We were only for 45 minutes at the Lagoon, still setting up camp when I looked out and there was the head and shoulders of ichthyologist Ben van der Waal just above the water! He walked right in and even after multiple nets were employed and our tiny inflatable boat went out, all they had to show was a kilo of tadpoles. This morning they followed the seeping bog down to a couple of smaller pools and had a bit more success. In fact they found more of the eel like catfish and climbing perch that we believe to be new to science from the Cuito lake. Upon returning home Ben got back to angling and quickly caught a thin faced large mouth, this is yet another new record for the lake.
In this honey rich area, bees are in high supply and hundreds were just hovering over the water assumed to be collecting water. After our last village interview we purchased 20 liters of delicious local honey. (To date your author is leading in stings with 9.) We also collected some fascinating 10 centimeter giant water bugs and scorpions on our trip.
The whole team was back together for dinner tonight. We had mashed potatoes, a rare treat!