Here detained for our casual survey, blacknose dace (Rhinichthys atratulus) are common denizens of Little Crum Creek.

Just an inch long, these minnows could triple in size when returned to their shallow flows.

101_3283edcropA101_3295edcropA101_3286edcropCBut heavy rains often raise the creek to several feet of rushing water.

And I wonder how the tiny swimmers manage to weather periodic torrents sweeping through their usual riffles.

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