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Bubba’s Guest Blog – Life on the Underside

As an extra-special Friend of Cosmos , and the chief underwater correspondent, it is my turn to guest-blog about Balboa Park from my very unique perspective. Cosmos never has the chance to see the Lily Pond from my point of view and so she is giving me the opportunity to write about life on the underside.

Did you know that there are five varieties of Nelumbo, or Lotus, in the Lily Pond? In late spring, they begin their short and intense bloom cycle…and OH! they are blooming now! The next few weeks will be the best time to see these beautiful flowers, with their Nefertiti-like crowns bobbing in the breeze. If you're lucky you might even catch a glimpse of me drifting beneath the shadows of the lotus flowers. I'm pretty shy, and stay hidden most of the time, but occasionally you might see my whiskers peaking out.

I've also been asked to remind everyone that since the Lily Pond was intended as a reflecting pool (with little filtration), it just doesn't support the fish and turtles that folks release. Many of my smaller turtle friends can't pull themselves out of the water to rest - and the Park staff must catch them and turn them over to the helpful folks at the Turtle and Tortoise Society. I'm a big, tough catfish, but my little fishy friends (and my little turtle friends) really don't like the Lily Pond. Please find them a different home!

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