"are no LEDs, really", assured the caves-Guide, after he has heard the question on this day, for the third Time. "What we see here is a miracle of nature." 45 meters below the surface of the earth, in the midst of stalactites and stalagmites that sparkle in the stars. At least it looks that way.
The "miracle" is mosquitoes a colony of luminescent Glowworms they are called here – that has left in the caves of Waitomo in new Zealand. Hard to imagine that in this dark, damp world anything lives. The cave is home to tens of Thousands of copies of this just in new Zealand, occurring long horn mosquito-way, widow Campa luminosa. The adult animals are only a few days old. The worm-like larvae grow over months; hang them on the ceiling of the cave, from there silk catch threads down. Your glow attracts prey.
Smartphones and talkers are not welcome
the star creates a tent deep in the earth. Still not feel of romance in the first lot, because also in German as fireflies-cave advertised caves teem with not only insects, but also people. Several groups are simultaneously guided by the 15 degrees Celsius, cool vault. Although signs warn to rest, but is felt during the descent a lot. "Schhhhh!", the Guide hisses, as a young Couple, once again, whispers. "And that makes the phone!" Bright sources of Light or loud noises are prohibited in the caves strictly because they interfere with the insects – and less lights.
But simply it does not make the animals first. You have to go in the squat, the torso stretch and the neck dislocate, before you can see the bluish Glow.
The caves of Waitomo are one of the most popular tourist attractions in new Zealand. Half a Million people each year, in depth, some of them for a tour, others for a boat tour, abseiling or – the hardest variant – for the "Black Water Rafting". This adventure whiz fun on rubber tires through the underground water system.
researchers warn of too many visitors
The fascination of the feeling of being in an exotic world to penetrate heard. The pioneering spirit also drove the English Explorer Fred Mace in 1887, in the caves of Waitomo. Together with the local Maori chief Tane Tinorau he explored on a Raft, the wide-branched System. "The caves have hardly changed since then, but the visit was completely different," says Hiria Kohe-Love. The 36-Year-old from the dates of Tinorau and is now responsible for the tourism program in the caves. "Back then, you had to be brave," she says. "People have roped and carbide lamps protrude in front of herget."
early on, the Maori realized that in this experience there is an economic potential. In 1889, they made the caves accessible to the Public. But a few years later, the government expropriated the Maori and took on the management. Only in 1989 Tinoraus descendants were given back their country. Even today, most of the employees are in the caves Maori. Long ago, scientists warn to many visitors. Perhaps the carbon dioxide produced by Breathing could cause damage to the insects. If moisture or oxygen content change too much, it could lead to die in a mass of mosquitoes.
In the cave, the group is heading to the finals. Via a staircase, visitors are led once again into the depth of a boat dock. Close all sit side by side. The wooden boat varies; then, the last torch goes out. "Schhhht!", the Guide hisses again, as the Whispering again goes off. A few seconds later, it takes all the language: The stars are definitely risen, deep under the earth.
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The trip was supported by Tourism New Zealand
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Created: 07.09.2019, 16:10 PM