Greetings everyone! By the time you are reading this post I will be passing from the severe discomfort phase and transitioning to the path paved by torture. Self-inflicted, of course, so I have no one to blame but myself for my addiction to long distance trail running – hell, I even paid good money to punish myself ha. I have always felt it is good to know one’s limits – let’s hope over the next 15+ hours, mine is somewhere past a 100K! With the focus on the pre-race fretting, the race itself and an unknown length of time required for recovery, Brad has once again thrown me a lifeline with another guest feature. He is also working on additional posts so I might have to promote him from “guest” status to Intrigued Corporate Staff Writer – this position pays the same, but it sounds far more prestigious. Hope it doesn’t cause problems with his lovely wife as our staff writers are constantly being chased down by sexy hordes of groupies. With that, I’ll let Brad take you through another island wildlife adventure.
Take it away Brad…
Have you ever seen the photo of Earth hanging in the blackness of space? I know some people think that photo is a fake, and that there are rocks holding the flat, Photoshopped, earth in place. There are many stories about the creation of the earth, most involved animals (elephants, turtles, birds, water, etc.). One variation of the many involves turtles and was first referenced in an ancient Hindu text.
Fast forward to modern times. Two people are discussing a variation of the creation story (heavily paraphrased here).
Person One says, “Earth was created by putting soil on a turtle’s back, growing the Earth and then holding it up.”
“If that’s the case, what is the turtle standing on?” asks Person Two.
Person One replies, “another turtle of course.”
“Then what is THAT turtle standing on?” asks Person Two.
Person One says, “Oh no you don’t, you are not going to trick me. It’s turtles all the way down”.
At this point you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about turtles. After all, isn’t this a birding blog? True. However, if you’ve ever seen a sea turtle glide through water, the motion their flippers make in the water is very similar the motions birds use to fly through the air. See, I could tie this story back to birds (sort of), you just had to stick with me. Plus, turtles are really cool.
Hit the jump to read more about these intriguing creatures!Continue reading Guest Feature: Infinite Regress …by Brad Marks (and Family)