Caving by Steve Boga

By Steve Boga

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Spiders, crickets, and bats prefer fairly dry walls and ceilings; flatworms, amphipods, and isopods dwell at the bottom of streams on cave floors; cockroaches, millipedes, and beetles can be found on decomposing flesh of dead cave animals. In caves that are seldom visited, it's not unusual for a scientist to find the same individual creature in the same small spot year after year. Bats have been recaptured in the same area of the same cave for several years in a row, and one small salamander was seen in the same small crevice almost every week for five straight years.

Nearly paralyzed with fear, Miller tried to scramble away from the lump, but the steep incline held him back. Just then he heard another groan and realized the lump was Collins. Shaken to his core, Miller found his flashlight and scrambled back up to the turnaround. After spending a moment calming his nerves, he reentered feetfirst. As he got closer, Collins asked Miller to turn off his flashlight because it hurt his eyes.

As he got closer, Collins asked Miller to turn off his flashlight because it hurt his eyes.

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