February 2, 2014 · Uncategorized

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Daphne sizes up a "cavecicle"

Daphne sizes up a "cavecicle"

Matt decides to try one....

Matt decides to try one....

You really never know what you'll see at the back of a cave.  This one was creepy.

You really never know what you'll see at the back of a cave. This one was creepy.

This Ozark Big Ear Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) was flying around the cave before we even got to the cave gate.  Landed on the roof right above my head and I had time enough to snap this shot before it flew back into the depths of the system. Good thing we were there with federal officials.

This Ozark Big Ear Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) was flying around the cave before we even got to the cave gate. Landed on the roof right above my head and I had time enough to snap this shot before it flew back into the depths of the system. Good thing we were there with federal officials.

Have been working on describing a new aquatic cave snail.  Here is the habitat where we find them.

Have been working on describing a new aquatic cave snail. Here is the habitat where we find them.

The new species

The new species

Surveying the habitat of the new snail.

Surveying the habitat of the new snail.

At the end of the day, Mike wasn't going to allow a little thing like not having a bottle opener slow us down.

At the end of the day, Mike wasn't going to allow a little thing like not having a bottle opener slow us down.

More soon

Written by Dante


1 comment on “Cold Caving – January 2014”

  1. RMAU:

    The name “Mammoth” was first used to describe the cave in the early 18. It refers to the “mammoth” size of the cave’s chambers and avenues, not the prehistoric elephant-like mammal.


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