By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Scouring For Hellbenders In The Davidson - Brevard NC


The hellbender, a giant salamander that can be found in the Davidson River, is the subject of a film that was recently shot in Pisgah National Forest. (Below) Biologists record record growth and habits of the eastern hellbender. (Courtesy photo by Dave Herasimtshuk)

Wearing snorkels and crawling along the Davidson River, Dave Herasimtshuk and Lorie Stroup have been drawing strange looks from those passing by.

Herasimtshuk, a videographer, and Stroup, a fisheries biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, have been recently looking for hellbenders, a species of salamander that averages about 2 feet in length.

Herasimtshuk is with Freshwaters Illustrated, a nonprofit organization based in Corvallis, Ore., with the mission of showing the wonders of freshwater streams and rivers through underwater video, feature length films and still life photography.


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