Thursday, July 23, 2009

Detritus Dog Versus The Angry Amphipods

There's mischief afoot ... someone is devouring detritus in the marsh. Superhero Detritus Dog is called in to save the day ...

Here we see Detritus Dog resting in the seagrass wrack on an island somewhere on Florida's Nature Coast.

Little does he know that his haunches are being surveiled by millions of tiny Beachhoppers, aka Amphipods, as he sits in the oozy mix of rotting seagrass flotsam and mud.
Detritus Dog is so focused on the mystery of the missing detritus, that he has deactivated his butt nerves to focus all available neurons on solving this mystery. As a result, he is clueless to the swarming hordes beneath him.


Detritus Dog's attention is focused on his faithful sidekick, FC Man, who has detained a likely detrital debris deconstructor, The Fiddler!


FC Man restraining the Fiddler ...

"All right, give it up Fiddler! Tell us who is munching all this detritus! It can't be just you and the Fiddler gang, you don't even work at high tide. "

"Fiddle me this, fiddle me that, I'll never tell man, dog, or cat."


The Fiddler wasn't talking. Detritus Dog and his sidekick decided to shake up the neighborhood and see what might fall out.



FC Man and Detritus Dog discover the Beach Hopper hideout! Realizing they are outnumbered, Detritus Dog pulls out his silent Dog Whistle (which only birds can hear) and calls in the air force!


Out of the blue, the air force swoops in and makes short work of the Hopper Clan.

Another victory for Detritus Dog and FC Man!

17 comments:

kathy a. said...

that's a lot of hoppers!

does your mom still have your comic book collection, or did she make you take them?

amarkonmywall said...

Too bad you don't like that dog. At all. And you're right- Bear looks pretty clueless sitting there. There's almost always an interesting food chain thing going on over here; today all those hoppers make me itch.

JG said...

What a great superhero story...can't wait for the next installment

Caroline said...

Holy hoppers, Batman!
"It can thus leap several inches into the air, although without any control over its direction."
Some days make you feel like you're an amphipod, don't they? :o)

Dani said...

Way to go!

Miz S said...

How smelly/muddy was Bear after sitting in that mud?

Also, do you use any of your videos to illustrate science concepts with your students?

cndymkr / jean said...

You missed your calling. You should have written comic books. It's not too late, you and Bear could be on the book shelves by this Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Very funny! Love the look on Bear's face.

A friend called last night and said she offered my services to babysit her friends dog. I asked what kind and she said a black lab. I thought of boy Bear right away!

Love the new header.

Patti

Sharon said...

Cool :) LOVE the new header pic, most awesome. btw, I changed my blog address, it was kind of by accident, long story, but anyhoo it's now www.sharonpire.blogspot.com :)

edifice rex said...

Ya'll are all nuts! ;)

Danielle Says Hello said...

Not fair that you and Cathy were at Crackers and I was only a fifteen minute drive away!!!! Shame on you two!

Miz S said...

Beautiful new header! Your two boys! I can't decide which one is more handsome.

Cathy S. said...

I love the new header!

Deb said...

Not too many bloggers even use the word "detritus" in their posts, much less make an adventure of it!

amarkonmywall said...

Best header ever. Please leave it for a bit so we can all enjoy it on repeated visits.

Floridacracker said...

Thanks for the comments! Yes, we'll leave that header up for a bit.
I have more kid and dog pics to post from that day, but this is not Bear's private blog, so I have to space those shots out abit.

Glad you liked Detritus Dog's adventure. I'm sure he will get into more mischief worth posting about!

Anonymous said...

It's not Bear's private blog??!!
Well I have to tell you--he steals the show--he is just too darn cute not to.