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Any idea what this is?

 I'm asking about the long black thing, it's in the pond and usually just crawls all over the stone but is now swimming. 


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,144
    That’s a Leech.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JulieH3JulieH3 Posts: 85
    Thanks Lyn. I did think they reminded me of leeches but didn't realise we got them in this country.  Disgusting but I'm assuming if I'm letting it be for wildlife I should just leave them be (and maybe keep my hands away)
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    The bloodsucking types apparently favour Kent.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,318
    Fire said:
    The bloodsucking types apparently favour Kent.
    some of them holiday in Devon. ;)
  • JulieH3JulieH3 Posts: 85
    I'm hoping not to find out if they survive in Manchester.  It's wet enough outside of the pond though 
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    They're too small to do humans any harm.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,144
    Very good for bruised noses and cauliflower ears😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,270
    edited May 2018
    As children we used to dangle our legs in the water of a particular pond to try to catch them ... they're fascinating creatures, totally harmless and an important part of your pond's ecosystem. 
    Enjoy your pond watching  :D
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • JulieH3JulieH3 Posts: 85
    Thanks everyone.  I'll try to treasure them. I used to splodge in a local river as a child and they were probably there too,  guess they didn't did me any harm then. 
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