Fortunately this is not the latest summer movie and unfortunately, it was a real situation that we dealt with last week. My husband and I are cruising the ICW
and are currently in the Chesapeake in a quiet creek near St. Michaels, MD on our Gulfstar
53', "Western Star."
It all started with the head
intake which stopped working (we have an electric
model). We assumed it was clogged with jellyfish since we have had trouble with them getting sucked in to various intakes and it is mid July after all. My husband (the head
mechanic) started by shutting off the intake valve at the base of the toilet. He was on his side on the floor on some cushions
wedged in the small space as he began to disassemble the intake apparatus.
I heard a loud, "YO," which I have come to understand means, "hey honey, come here, I have something to show you." At the check valve, he found what he thought to be a small fish
. Not what we were expecting but a lot easier to deal with than broken jellyfish parts
and stinging tentacles. I felt bad for the poor fish
and went back to what I was doing.
As my husband began to pull the fish out, he met some resistance. He wedged himself in a bit more (almost fully upside down now) and pulled a bit harder. As he did, the creature frees up and flips out (a lot longer than a fish) and lands on my husband's wrist at which point he realizes that it is a SNAKE!!!
I heard a series of bangs, bumps and expletives so I went to see what was going on. My poor husband hit just about every surface in the area with knees, elbows and his head as he struggled to get away from the snake. Thankfully, it was deceased and we both calmed down.
It was likely an eastern watersnake, although it was decomposed some so we dont have a positive ID. If anyone can ID it, please let us know.
What did we learn from this? Even though we installed heavy duty bronze screens on all of our continuous intakes (a/c, refrig, generator
, etc), we clearly did not install one on the head intakes thinking that the low demand would render this unecessary. WRONG! We will be doing so ASAP.