After exploring a bit, we saw an ice cream place by the beach and decided to pull over. It turns out the town was holding a "family fun day" on the beach, so once we got our cones, we wandered around a bit.
In the building attached to the ice cream place, volunteers had set up informational booths about the marine life in Lake Huron. One of the booths had a tank full of sea lampreys, and invasive species that made their way into the Great Lakes from the Atlantic Ocean. They attach themselves to fish, and suck their blood dry. They. Are. Disgusting.
|(found on interwebs, did not take myself)|
I asked the guys at the booth a lot of questions about them. The cute guy in charge of the booth asked me if I'd like to pet one. I wasn't so sure I did but once he put his gloves on, pulled one out and handed it over to me, I couldn't help but stroke its back. It was slimy and DISGUSTING.
So why did I do the next part? I have no idea.
Something you need to know about me before I tell you what happened next: I don't really do BIG adventurous things. I'm never going to sky dive, or swim with sharks. I'm not likely to bungee jump unless someone flings my dead body over the side of a bridge, and I'm the last person in the world to go heli-skiing. But little adventures? Yep. Sign me up.
So when the guy asked me if I'd like to suction the sea lamprey to my arm, I heard the word "yes" come out of my mouth before I had time to think it over. He let it suction onto his arm first to show me how easy it came off. He tugged just a bit and *pop* it came off, no problem. Here it is on my arm:
As soon as it attached, I felt a shock. It feels more like being electrocuted than anything else. The guy started tugging it right away, but had to tug three times, hard, before it would come off. It was sucking on my arm for dear life. Little tiny pools of blood were on my arm when he did get it off. Hardly any blood at all, but still really gross.
WHY DID I AGREE TO THAT? I have no idea. No regrets though. Yesterday I had a sea lamprey suctioned to my arm. What did you do!? (Burn.)
Here's a picture I found of a close up of their mouths. Yeah, I know. Sick.
I could not possibly have used more soap to scrub the wound clean once I saw how gross that mouth was. Those poor trout. As I told the guys at the booth, sea lampreys are a bunch of jerks.