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Estuary Interactions (Fictional Story)
One day, I, Salty the amazing Salt Water Crocodile, was lounging in my estuary. I was thinking about Abert Acorn Worm tunneling under me. About how Lenny Lemonhead wanted to eat him, but wouldn't come near me. Albert gets protection from the shark, and I don't really care.
Then I heard Carl Canada Goose shouting, "Reptile reunion at the Black pine!"
Next, Carl landed and ate Mooey Moss as he was mumbling,"I like cows."
I swam to the pine as fast as I could. The only creature there was Secretarriat Horsetail. He looked so happy, I had to know why. He told me that Gooey Gut Fungi ate all the insects that were bothering him. Gooey gets a full tummy, Secretarriat gets some peace. I then asked where all the reptiles were.
Secretarriat said, " You ate them all at the last reunion, remember!"
"Oh, yeah. Yummy turtles.", I replied.
"This reunion is about you finding more reptiles. I would look, but I can't move.", said Secretarriat,"Now go!"
I looked near the mangroves. All I saw was Maddie Maidenhair Fern with
Rusty Rust Fungus on her. Rusty is such a parasite! Then I searched in the water near hillbilli Herring. Next, near the stingrays. They were being devouered by Grouchy Roughneck Grunt and his gang. Poor Stingy.
I thought harder and went up to Frog to see if he knew any reptiles.
"I'll tell you what I know if you show me where all the flies are.", said Frog
I showed him a particuarly dense swarm of mosquitos."So," , I said," about the reptiles..."
I realized he was bounding away. Frog was cackling and croaking like a hyena, whipping his tongue out every couple seconds. He soon disappeared into the dense mass of mosquitos.
After that I asked trees. Pines, Oaks, Maples, and Mangroves, in and out of the water. After about 167 trees and 70 or so plants and flowers, I came to a group of trees that claimed to have seen a female crocodile going south towards my estuary. Following a herd of guar that needed to cross the river.
Hearing the news, I swam downriver as fast as I could. Several animals hid when they saw me jetting through the water, some screamed, and others swam away.
My search for reptiles had lasted 2 days. Now, swimming at top speed, I started to make out the big, furry guar and a shining, scaly crocodile. I saw when I got closer that she was pretending to be a log because, since the guar had reached my estuary, they were about to cross. I went into log mode and swam stealthily closer.
Just as I drew parallel with the other crocodile, the guar, a good twenty, ran right in front of us. They got to the other crocodile and she lunged at the second one. A full-sized male. She grabbed a leg, but the next guar kicked her side, loosening her hold. She redoubled her strength, trying to tear down the beast.
Near the back of the herd, I could see the dominate male find the crocodile and charge. I sprang at his neck and my legend-worthy jaws sank into flesh. I twisted, breaking his spine.
From that point on, the Reptile Reunion was the Crocodile Convention. For years after, crocodiles could be seen for miles around.
Estuary Food Web
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