Journal Excerpts From the Zoological Findings of Professor Elmer Skloo

By. Taylor Bryant

The vegetation was so thick that it took nearly four men just to cut down a wall of vines. But the important thing now is to set up camp and study this new finding later. to see if there may be some other forms of life on this island. but spiral shaped. It is very much unlike anything we’ve ever seen. nothing in documented history describes anything that we see here today. March 5. We’ve found some edible vegetation outside the jungle that takes up most of the island. March 6. it has the boldness and tartness of a sweet cranberry cobbler. I believe we will try to venture into the thick jungles. and they have no taste when eaten raw. From the plant-life to the strange dirt under our boots.March 2. They are not round. only slightly. but some of the crew discovered that when roasted just right. 1946 I’ve been so busy helping my crew get settled in this new environment that I haven’t been able to write as much as I like. Tomorrow. About forty five minutes into our . 1946 We trekked for about an hour or so through the jungles to find vast amounts of fruits (though we have yet to be adventurous enough to eat any of them) and nigh impassible territories. They’re a sort of berry from what I’ve gathered. 1946 My crew and I have crash landed on a rather curious island.

I crept along the jungle bed listening for the sound. I’ve been thinking about going back into the jungle to see what sort of creatures make noises of such oddity. but the hunger and sense of exile has gotten the better of my once loyal crew. My men became fearful. and none of the noises I’d heard four days ago have reached my ears. Of the strange things I’d seen on this island. I will set aside some supplies and food and leave when the men are asleep. or creatures. It was a rather odd noise. or some form of animal. I’m tracking aren’t nocturnal. 1946 It’s about midnight. I decided it was unwise to pursue something that made a noise like that. now. but I should press on. we started to hear strange noises amongst the trees. I. March 10. Looking behind me. I’m hoping to come to a clearing soon. I followed the noise until a new sound muffled the original. stayed. Some decided to leave the group. I cannot let the crew think that I have abandoned them. I wanted to know what was making the noise. I was certain I hadn’t seen anything yet. This one was much more fierce and violent sounding than anything I’d ever heard. I’m guessing the creature. . I’ve been walking for about three hours. The vision vanished as quickly as it came. I’ve tried to convince them that there may be intelligent life among these sandy beaches. but I could not be sure. The thought of a nocturnal animal on this strange island is starting to cause me worry.journey. I must do it in secret. nor did it sound like a small mouse. I’ve stopped to survey my surroundings. March 9. With a hunter’s instinct. Nothing like a great lion would make. I thought I saw something small and pink scampering in the leaves. however. and they won’t have anything to do with going back into the jungle to search for more food. and I dashed towards camp. 1946 The men have been growing weary of the spiral berries.

About two miles of fresh blue grass covered the ground. but upon walking into the clearing I stepped on something solid that I could not see. I came to a massive clearing. I hear a noise. The trees. These are interesting specimens. Though. are beyond comparison. I had a hard time believing it myself.It’s four in the morning. So. I guess I should start from the beginning. I had been walking for hours upon hours. they are not hard or metallic. too. Could it be? I must press on. I’ve started making my journey back. Well. I had almost lost the will to go any further when. finally. was being made by one of the most interesting and possibly greatest findings in Zoology. though. I still see nothing but thick vines and tall trees. I’ve never stared up the trunk of a tree and then have to gaze down to see the top. I’ll need more supplies and a willing crew if I’m going to study these creatures more thoroughly. which was much clearer now and sounded almost like a large rubber band being stretched and let go. What an amazing discovery I’ve made! I don’t know where to begin. or I’d be in a wonderland by now. It was apparent that I hurt the poor creature because it started snarling at me. it was the same animal that was making both noises that frightened off my men. To put it simple. or rather. it is an animal with the ability to become invisible. The vines I’m used to seeing are usually green and stringy. March 20. the middle. the same ferocious sound I’d heard before. and the noise. 1946 . It’s a shame I never took up botany. Most of the trees here look as if a strong hurricane came and bent them to the ground. The vines in the jungle here look more like a piping system under a house. just as the sun was coming up.

it swaggered for a few moments ten fell to the ground. that gungles produce up to fifty offspring at a time. The others are eaten by the parents. it dies. We’ve just finished repairs on our ship and are heading for home. We first concluded that gungles do not generally get along together. through rigorous repetitive tests. the parent gungle began to eat all of the baby gungles that didn’t immediately turn invisible. I’m hoping to return to this island again. The Todflinarian Gungle. We took a baby gungle after it was born and studied its appearance before it vanished. We studied one gungle. but that was to change once we found out how they reproduced. which we have now named the Todflinarian Gungle. It then chooses to remain visible or disappear. We found two gungles and poured a dye over them to see how they would react with each other. Though. in fact. All of a sudden. Its four legs were like four stumps. someday. Its eyes were black and shaped like gumdrops. every time it eats.Ten days have passed since my discovery of the invisible creatures. Most of them turn invisible instantaneously. On the third day. we noticed something budding from the gungle’s back. for a few days. and I can’t wait for the adventures in store. Therefore. brings up the odd fact that gungles are also deathly allergic to other gungles. . or gungle for short. We finally learned. do not eat anything other than their own kind. and so much data has been gathered I haven’t been able to sit down and take it all in for more than minutes at a time. it wasn’t pretty. A truly short life the Todflinarian Gungle lives. but here. no fingers or claws. It was no larger than a normal house cat. It was a rather cute creature. The next few events happened so fast. is in most cases invisible. The bud on the gungle’s back grew to about three times the gungle’s size and burst into a pile of newly born baby gungles. dead. I’m certain it has so much more to offer. Which. but I had a hunch there was more to it than that. what we’ve discovered is that when the gungle is born. Gungles. Some more study went in to the way a gungle reproduces. Its skin was pink and smooth with no hair. Once it had it’s fill. but I’ve discovered that it’s because of the decomposed bodies of the gungles that all of the exotic plant life on this island exists. that we had dyed. It cannot turn back once it’s invisible. We separated it from its fellow gungles so it would be safe. it is able to be seen. The fertilizer that it creates is genuine and unique that these plants could not grow anywhere else. To say the least. I almost couldn’t believe it actually took place before my eyes.

(Copyright Taylor Bryant 2009) .