I haven't posted in a week or so because I've been out of town. I was in New York for my brother's baby shower and then off to our local lake for some camping with friends. I discovered two things this week while being gone; first, I am too old to want to start over with a baby and second, there are interesting things that live in the lake! Let me explain and paint the scene for you...
So you are out at the lake enjoying the sunshine and water, when all of a sudden you notice this "blob". As a matter of fact, you notice about 5 of these "blobs" that look something between a jellyfish and an accidental dump of silicone by some careless contractor or a gelatin experiment gone very wrong! When you touch them they are squishy and heavy and they're about a foot in diameter. You are use to seeing wild life at lakes...frogs for example, we all have seen lots of frogs at a lake... right? Well, gelatinous blobs?...not so much.
Each of us threw out our theories on what the "blob" could be, but we were all puzzled. So, when all else fails and you don't know what something is while camping... ask the Park Ranger! Next run by, I asked the Ranger what these gelatinous blobs floating around in the lake were. He told me that they were colonies of single cell ameba. Well, that sounded ominous, since I've heard of children passing away from getting a single cell ameba up their nose and into their brain. He must have read my face because he was sure to throw in that they were "a sign of a clean lake" and harmless. Really? Looks nasty not clean to me!
Well, being the homeschool Mom that I am...I had to check my source to see if it was correct and turn this into a nature study when we got home. While I accepted his answer readily while there for the weekend and continued to let my kids swim in the ameba colonized lake, I had to dig deeper and figure out the mystery. (hmmm...so maybe that's crazy right?) As you can see below, the kids were far from worried about the "blobs".
Leave it to a homeschool Mom to not be content with a Park Ranger's answer. LOL