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Stinking Mud

Posted By: Marty

Stinking Mud - 10/12/00 04:40 PM

My wife remembers Hurricane Janet hitting Corozal in 1955. The stench of
the "rotting" mud left everywhere after the hurricane passed was
terrible
and they thought it only could be due to rotting bodies. It smelled just
like dead and rotting meat -- a decomposing corpse.

But no, it was simply decaying mud.

I believe that people are experiencing this same sensation at this time
in
San Pedro.

Hurricane Keith pushes a lot of lagoon bottom mud up onto land. This mud
is
very rich in microscopic life forms. The decaying of these life forms
smell
as they should -- dead meat rotting.

It is reasonable to assume that the people in and around this area at
present believe this "stench" is due to human corpses. Though it is
always
possible that corpses of animals and humans may be buried and decaying
--
we have no missing people reports to substantiate this.

Therefore I feel it is reasonable to assume there is not corpses rotting
in
this mud -- simply microscopic animals -- as always occurs under these
circumstances.

Peter Singfield
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