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Wind Scorpions On Assignment

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Mark W. Moffett

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Wind Scorpions

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Mark W. Moffett
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    Wind scorpions might not be venomous, but their long powerful jaws do give a really nasty bite. Or so I hear. I worked on this assignment for several years, holding a container while chasing after these scary-looking creatures. But luckily I managed to never experience their painful bite firsthand. That's a general rule I try to follow for all my stories.

    A lot of desert creatures are active at night, and wind scorpions are no different. Typically I would stay up all night for a couple of nights in a row or set my alarm clock for every 45 minutes, so I could get up and walk around. This routine left me in a perpetual state of grogginess.

    Researcher Warren Savary and I were walking to a café near our research station in Baja California when we noticed these little stripey critters running around. It was still light outside, so they were pretty noticeable. Upon closer inspection, we realized they were wind scorpions. This was quite unusual because most wind scorpions are nocturnal and don't have any special markings on their bodies. It turns out we'd found a whole new genus of wind scorpions, and right now Warren is studying them.


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