When I first saw the headline in the Huffington Post it did pique my curiosity. Oh no! Could this be another environmental disaster? There have been stories about zombie fish. Thank goodness they are not some horrible mutant caused by toxic pollution. The fish become zombies because they are shocked with an electric current so scientists can study their health status. The fish recover and are released back into the water. Although some people argue that being shocked with electricity is not a great experience for the fish.
Another zombie nature story that is not as benign. I was upset to read about zombie bees. There are so many accounts nowadays of the severe environmental stresses on honey bees. Now there is a parasitic fly that has been invading the bee colonies and using the bees as a host for its eggs. As a result of this parasite the infested bee’s behavior becomes very erratic and they demonstrate zombie night-time activity. Fortunately they die right after they begin to act this way.
So when I saw the headline that they were fishing zombies out of Lake Michigan I reluctantly clicked on it. I was relieved to find that it was not about any poor creature, neither human, animal, fish or insect becoming a zombie. Turns out a Halloween barge with a bunch of mannequins dressed as zombies sunk during windy weather. Now they are fishing them out of the lake.
I can see this as being the impetus for a good horror tale. ” Yup, we were out there fishing those zombie mannequins out of the lake when we noticed one of them looked like it had flesh rotting off of it. Then it’s eyes opened and it let out this high pitched inhuman scream……..” Or maybe a new reality TV show like ” Already Dead Catch.”
Huffington Post: Crews Have Been Pulling Zombies Out of Lake Michigan
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My husband and I were sitting up in the lifeguard stand at the beach this evening, to get out of the wind while waiting for the moon to rise. I joked that I felt safer knowing zombies couldn’t climb up there. My husband said I’ve been watching too much TV. But I only watched a few episodes of Walking Dead to bond with daughter last year. I wonder if joking about zombies makes us feel more confident in some twisted way.
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There was an old movie called Night of the Living Dead which was pretty good. I think a lot of the new versions are based on it. Zombies are pretty creepy all right. 🙂