Mysteries of the Wetlands

Mysteries of the Wetlands (HM2A15)

Location: Gray, LA 70359 Terrebonne Parish
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N 29° 40.669', W 90° 47.175'

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Ghost forests, alluring lights and the Rougarou

Slow-moving waters, exotic birds, buzzing insects, and underwater ripples reminds us that this is a wild place, as unpredictable as the shifting ground we stand upon.In these untamed wetlands - not quite solid land, not quite open water - what is familiar gives way to what might be. Could treasure be buried here? Could a half-human creature hide amid these remote swamplands?According to legend, the Rougarou - half man, half wolf - hunts the bayou. From the French loup (wolf) and garou (man turns into animal), this cunning, red-eyed monster stalks misbehaving children or Catholics who fail to observe Lenten fasting.Beware of the fifollet, ghostly orbs that glow in the distance. From the French words feu follet "foolish fire," the orbs might signify a spirit guarded by Jean Lafitte's buried treasure - or tricksy lights drawing careless wanderers deep into the swamp.As delta land sinks and sea levels rise, salt water flows further inland from the Gulf, destroying coastal cypress swamps. Acres of dead, skeletal trees called "ghost forests" stand as eerie evidence of the loss.Jean Lafitte, a French-American buccaneer, smuggled goods and slaves from the Gulf to New Orleans in the early 1800s. Moving stealthily amid the braided waterways, Lafitte evaded the authorities who sought him. Some say he still haunts the swamps



where his buried treasure lies.
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HM NumberHM2A15
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Placed ByHouma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Date Added Monday, August 6th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 714224 N 3285135
Decimal Degrees29.67781667, -90.78625000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 40.669', W 90° 47.175'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 40' 40.14" N, 90° 47' 10.5" W
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Area Code(s)985
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 114 Tourist Dr, Gray LA 70359, US
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