Saturday, March 15, 2014

Louisiana: "Kaw, that's a big one!"

 
Kaw, that’s a big one!” said 59-year-old Danny “Eagle” Edgar.

“That’s a man,” agreed 56-year-old Clay Switzer.

“Boy, he really is big,” hissed Harry “Hop” Dugas, who at 47 is the baby of the group.

“It’s got eyes like an alligator,” murmured Edgar in wonderment.

Tense excitement bled through the three men’s Cajun accents. What could have had them, with nearly 150 combined years of life in the woods and on the water, so excited? Were they perched on a rickety bamboo machan, hunting a man-eating tiger? Were they perched in the flying bridge of an offshore boat, gawking at the massive bulk of a great white shark?

Neither.
 

Bullfrogs, Acadian Heritage Memorial, St. Martinville, Louisiana.

A friend and I went to the Acadian Memorial Heritage Festival in St. Martinville today.

Some kick-ass music, good food, gorgeous day along the river, and, and, and ..... holy swamp gas! Gigantic bullfrogs!

Bullfrogs, Acadian Heritage Memorial, St. Martinville, Louisiana.


Who knew frogs got so big?!

Bullfrogs, Acadian Heritage Memorial, St. Martinville, Louisiana.

 
I was so fascinated by these creatures, I had to go back a second time during the course of the festival, just to gawk some more.


Bullfrogs, Acadian Heritage Memorial, St. Martinville, Louisiana.


I understand about the frog legs for eating, but what happens to the rest of the bullfrog's body? Returned to the water for recycling? Used as bait for fishing? Given the popularity of frog legs in southern Louisiana, we're talking about a lot of skin and guts here.


Bullfrogs, Acadian Heritage Memorial, St. Martinville, Louisiana.




Interesting articles about bullfrogs and frog hunting: 



Bullfrogs, Acadian Heritage Memorial, St. Martinville, Louisiana.


 My mother and a brother are coming to visit next week. Maybe we'll try some frog legs.


Bullfrogs, Acadian Heritage Memorial, St. Martinville, Louisiana.

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