Jarn’s Journal Year 5 Day 200 #SFFSat

SFF LogoYear 5 Day 200

seal, MorguefileI knew there were predators such as crocodiles in the inland waters as well as on the land. But today I realized for the first time that ocean predators can be a real threat to mammals that live partly on land. I came on a group of mammals unlike any I have seen before, obviously adapted to the water. Fish are abundant along this coast, no doubt because of the cold current offshore, so there is a rich marine food supply and these mammals are adapted to take advantage of it. They are streamlined, with very dense, oily fur, their limbs are reduced to flippers and they are as awkward on land as they are graceful in the water. They are not small; even the females mass more than I do.

I watched as a mother left her pup and headed out to sea to feed. She never made it much past the first line of breakers. A great fish, with rows of sharp teeth in a gaping mouth, leapt from the water to seize her. It was so hot I had thought of dipping myself into the water, but not until I have tested that the warnoff will work with this creature!

Jarn’s Journal is the fictional journal of a fictional human-like alien, Jarn, stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. A longer version of this post is available at my main blog; the Journal to date is on my author site. The Journal as a whole serves as remote back story to the universe in which my science fiction books are set. (Jarn’s Journal is the remote source of several Holy Books of planets in the Jarnian Confederation, even today.)

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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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18 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 5 Day 200 #SFFSat

  1. Tara Quan says:

    Wow. Talk about a circle of life–you had painted such a cute image of the mother an it’s pup too. Good thing Jarn didn’t just jump in the water.

  2. Oh, no! You got me with that poor seal being eaten just like that. 😦

  3. S.C. Wade says:

    Oh, wow, lol. Wasn’t expecting that to happen. I agree with Tara — you gave such a nice image of the mother and her young. Made me care and admire the scene before me. The last thing I expected was a Bambi-type occurrence, lol. Excellent writing!

  4. S.A. Check says:

    Nice representation of the circle of life to encompass land, sea, and extra-terrestrial. A reminder of the mortality of all creatures, even ones not of this planet. Jaws vs. Alien – sorry – I had to throw that in.

  5. I was surprised to see that there was a line of breakers. Did The People set that up, or Jarn? He’s wise to steer clear of what he doesn’t understand, until he does. Humans are not always so smart. Haha.

  6. Ah, life can be tough for foreigners on Earth, I gather. Funny, you never think of it that way. Popular sci fi literature and film has us visualizing other planets as these very dangerous places, but we hardly ever see how equally scary Earth could be, to a being whose defenses hadn’t evolved along with it.

  7. Nicely done! I totally did not expect the mother to be snagged like that.

  8. amergina says:

    I had a feeling this was going to end badly for the seal. At least Jarn didn’t take a dip!

  9. tktoppin says:

    Oh yikes! Nature is tough but such is the laws of Nature. Great descriptions and giving us a sense of the land, etc. Good stuff!

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