Reached the terminal sump in Charterhouse (England's deepest cave ) on Saturday, to find a fully grown, healthy looking frog sitting by the sump pool! I can't imagine that it would have survived getting washed through the whole cave, even if the stream flowed that way (which it doesn't), so I can only assume that it grew there. How on Earth did it get enough to eat to grow to that size, and how long must it have been there?
Haha, I'd decided not to mention that episode. But now you have, it swam through my legs too as we were heading up the sough! Actually there were two of them, and they split up, one running off up the crosscut to Alice shaft. And they didn't even have headtorches. We found three 'nests' a long way up Magpie Sough too in 2018 that had to be from otters. A large trout swam through my legs right there on that occasion. The pic below was taken in Cromford Sough, 2015, on the last trip we did with Jon Humble.
Many years ago we found a live-and-kicking sheep at the bottom of the first pitch of Sell Gill Holes (dry way). It appeared to be uninjured, is spite of its fall, so we set up a sheep-harness and hauled it out. Although we plonked it down several metres from the hole, the poor thing set off straight back to the hole, and this time plunged to its death!
A really weird experience when exploring Doolin River Cave (County Clare) occurred shortly before we arrived at Fisherstreet Pot.Whilst hands and knees crawling in deepish water, a shoal of Eels (100s of the buggers) swam past us at speed going upstream.This was truly creepy with them all wriggling round us to get past.On arriving at the Fisherstreet Pot entrance we tried our best to free climb out, but it was beyond our capabilities (we hadn't intended to do the through trip)The only way out was back the way we came, which was like a horror movie, knowing that at some point the buggers would be coming back.We didn't see them again, I don't know where they went maybe they went back while were were clowning around trying to climb out of Fisherstreet Pot
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