Looking up from underneath the water, I watch speedy Dragonflies whizz by, with their speedy wings. I can hear frogs croaking on the shore, staring at the floating duckweed. I can smell the soggy, brown mud, swirling around the marsh. I can feel my long, strong legs that I use to swim start to feel weary, tired, and sore. I can taste cold, mucky, marsh water.
What am I? I am a Backswimmer. I am an invertebrate (meaning I have no spine, it also means that if I fall from a far height I have a higher risk of dying.) Here comes my least favourite waterbug. The waterboutmen! The reason I hate waterboutmen is because I am always being confused with them! The reason I am called a backswimmer is because unlike the waterboutmen I swim only on my back. That’s the only way humans can tell us apart, is the way we swim. I hate those nasty waterboutmen, so I leave quietly.
Uh oh! I am doomed! As I am swimming I see a turtle! I know that if the turtle saw me, he would gobble me up in one gulp, right on the spot! Fast as a bunny, I follow the other female backswimmers down thirty feet, to the bottom of the marsh. This is where they lay their eggs, at the very bottom. I swim far away from all the other backswimmers and hide, hovering above the sand, by the soft wall of dirt at the edge of the marsh.
I watch as the turtles glide into the water, chasing after snails, worms, and small aquatic insects. Including backswimmers. Moments after the turtles vicious attack, I am still staring in horror. A few minutes later the turtles float out of the water and into the tall, swaying grass. I look around waiting for the butterflies in my stomach to settle. As I am studying my surroundings I happen to spot my favorite treat. A Bloodworm!
The hunt is on! Using my long legs I zoom along near the surface of the murky water. My heart pounding. As I reach the struggling Bloodworm, I reach out my long, long legs, and deliver a stinging painful bite. Still holding on with a firm grip, I wait for my prey to die. And sure enough a while later my waiting paid off. And now I get a morning snack.