Mosquito Alley: Nutria Swim
This is a rodent called a Nutria which is not native to the area and widely considered a pest. They are fearless and swim right up to me and don't run on land unless I move quickly.
I went for a walk at 5:30 in the morning on the "Charles Kuralt Trail" at the Pea Island Nature Reserve. What I failed to appreciate is the mosquitoes.
Now, I cannot describe the density when I was somewhere the wind was blocked. They literally GRAYED OUT MY VISION they were so dense and their hum so loud you could actually feel it.
I was slathered with 25% DEET but they still got me. My wife counted 62 bites on me before it got old counting them. I have a lot more. It's not many considering the THOUSANDS that swarmed around me.
Still, I got some shots I wouldn't have otherwise.