GIMLI – If you’re heading to Gimli anytime soon, you’ll be a witness to crowds of fish flies.
Some might find them gross, but they only live for a day, meaning the town has to keep on top of cleaning up the carcasses.
Gimli CAO Joann King says the simple critters, like many bugs, are attracted to light.
“You will often find that there will be a large, massive, almost fish fly puddle underneath a streetlight. Or if someone makes the error of parking their car under the streetlight, the car would be covered.”
King says the flies don’t have mouths so they don’t eat anything. They are mainly just a source of food for birds and bigger insects.
On the surface, they may seem like a rather pointless creature. But King says their presence is a good omen.
“It was a little bit later because of the weather not being as warm, the lake has to get warm in order for them to start to show up. It’s supposedly a good sign, the more fish flies we have, it’s a sign that the lake is doing well and we would be expecting a good fishing season.”
They come every summer, and King says they only stay around for a few weeks. She doesn’t expect to see them in town during the Icelandic Festival or the Gimli Film Festival.
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