Glowworm Caves

Published: June 9th 2017
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Geo: -45.4151, 167.718

We woke this morning to a beautiful, clear day. The anchor was hoisted around 6:30 am and we continued to explore Doubtful Sound. Once again, we saw dolphins as they splashed around and visited the boat.

In the afternoon, we made our way back to the dock, back on the motor coach, back on the ferry, and back on the second motor coach. But, this last leg was only about 15 minutes to Te Anau where we toured the glow worm caves. It was interesting, but a little too "commercial". There were metal scaffolds and walkways throughout, but the glow worms were cool. This species of glow worm is only found in New Zealand. They are about 1-1/2" long and regurgitate these "fishing lines" that can be up to 4" long, and hang down from the cave ceiling. They surround themselves with 10-40 of these fishing lines. Their tail end glows like a lightning bug and attracts other insects, which then get caught in the sticky fishing lines. Supper time!

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