Day 170: Slow, Slower, Slowest

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It is no secret the large shell-less beings view beings with shells as not very speedy.

But when you have your own specific place and part to play in the greater “food chain o’ life,” speed is a relative term.

In other words, you don’t need to be the fastest life form on the planet to do very well for yourself in the victuals department.

You only need to be faster than your preferred prey.

Let’s say you are a redfooted tortoise, for example. Unlike your box turtle brother, you don’t like to have to chase down your dinner (talk about a recipe for ongoing gastrointestinal distress!).

Instead, you vastly prefer your snacks to show some manners and stay put while you consume them.

For example, let’s say you are wandering around in your secure backyard play area and you spy a green prey. It isn’t moving at all – not one little bit. It looks vibrantly green and leafy – just the sort of victuals you were already pondering enjoying for your lunch.

But still, you don’t want to take any chances and assume it won’t just get up and take off if you move closer.

Cagily, stealthily, slowly yet steadily, you creep right up to it, fixing it with your signature bold “deer in the headlights” stare as you do so. The stare works. The green snack politely stays put.

A young and hungry shelled predator fixes the green snack with a bold stare.

Having demonstrated to your lunch that you are smarter and swifter than it is, you can now commence to snarfing at your leisure….it won’t be going anywhere.

The (relatively) swift shelled diner lunches at her leisure on the slow green prey.

In this gripping documentary, get a rare (frequent) glimpse of nature’s food chain in action!

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