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Giant Sea Scorpion & The Political Blog Lubbock Left

I’ve been remiss not to post about the prehistoric 8 foot sea scorpion that has been discovered. (Be sure to watch the video entitled “The Giant Beast” under the illustration in the link. It shows the sea scorpion attacking other creatures.)

This animal lived 390 million years ago. Its 2 1/2 foot fossilized claw was recently found in Germany.     

With the illustration below, you can see just how big this giant scorpion was—  

 

Scale model of the scorpion with a human

As for the “modern scorpion”, you’ll find them in Texas. None are fatal to human beings. Some scorpions can live up to 25 years. Here is information about scorpions in Texas taken from The Field Guide To Texas Insects by Drees and Jackman.

Since this blog has aspirations beyond Texas, here is a link to scorpions in other parts of the nation. 

Here is a link to scorpions of Europe. I imagine them as desert creatures, but it seems that is not fully the case. There are 25 types of scorpion in Europe.

Coming back to Texas, another thing you’ll find in the Lone Star state is the blog Lubbock Left. I’ve never been to Lubbock. I do know that it is a quite conservative place. I think anybody fighting for the left side of the aisle in Lubbock merits support.  Especially the friendly folks running that fine blog.

Lastly, and I admit this post is a hodgepodge, here is a stanza from the Gary Snyder poem Milton by Firelight that mentions the scorpion.

In ten thousand years the Sierras

Will be dry and dead, home of the scorpion.

Ice-scratched slabs and bent trees.

No paradise, no fall,

Only the weathering land

The wheeling sky

Man, with his Satan

Scouring the chaos of the mind.

Oh Hell!  

Here is a link to the entire poem.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Books, Poetry, Politics, Sea Life, Texas | , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments