Blood-curdling Swamp Sounds

An American Alligator’s eyes glow red in the dark swamp night. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. March 11, 2015. ©

Even in our modern age of campgrounds, well-marked trails, and battery-operated flashlights and GPS, the Okefenokee Swamp can still become a bit eerie to the unaccustomed traveler, especially at night. I can only imagine those explorers of the 1800’s tasked with surveying this vast swampland. Here follows an excerpt published in the Oglethorpe Echo newspaper in 1889:

“Woe betide the luckless adventurer who loses his way in this wildwood and is compelled to pass the night here. To the horror of darkness and unknown danger are added the most blood-curdling sounds. The hoarse monotone of the bullfrog, the wailing cry of the catamount, the deep growl of the bear disturbed in his slumber, the crackling of the canebrake under the tread of the puma, the mournful hoot of the owl, and the despairing shriek of some animal that has fallen a victim of the wildcat, are enough to freeze the blood and whiten the hair.” – Oglethorpe Echo. Lexington, Georgia. December 13, 1889

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