The story about the Salmon Brook Monster by Mark Fiorentino in the September Drummer brought back some interesting memories.
Several years ago, our family was taking a walk around Christensen’s Pond when my son-in-law spotted something in Salmon Brook, east of the Pond. It was a large eel clearing a spot in the sand to lay eggs. She was using her powerful tail to move stones into a half circle to protect her nest. We were fascinated and stood there watching her efforts for a long time. She was actually building a stone wall barrier, just using her tail.
Naturally, the next step was to google this mystery, and we discovered we had seen a lamprey eel getting ready to spawn. We, however, without even seeing the scary teeth, did not have the courage to try to pick it up!