Out of this world
& Barred Owl
In 2021 while we were still under Covid travel restrictions
I ve pass a few weeks following the northwestern salamanders while their were incubating their eggs in the north shore mountain of Vancouver, BC.
The northwestern salamanders egg masses accumulate a symbiotic green algae within the jelly layer of the eggs that gives the eggs a green, slimy look, and allows us (human) to estimate how long the eggs have been there. It also sets these eggs apart from the eggs from all other salamanders species.
Usually it takes anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks for the eggs to hatch depending on water temperature.
In early July 2021, British Columbia experienced a suddent heat wave.
I believe this suddent change and increase in their water temperature have give a little push to thoses creature to get out of their cocoon.
However in a following days I noticed that a few didn’t had the right amount of force to extract themselves out of the mass as they were not really ready to get out, this, resulting in a few salamander continuing to grow in their egg while staying stuck in the mass.