While they sound exciting and rewarding, there are some careers that most of us will never try, because they’re simply downright dangerous. Among them could be stunt pilot, rodeo star, dragon slayer, Chris Brown’s lawyer, meth tester, etc., and they might be the greatest, most spiritually and financially fulfilling jobs available in this already bleak market, but chances are a lot of us would pass them up out of our desires to live.
I’m going to go ahead and add “expert in flying insects” to that list, because while Jonathan Simkins has made one heck of a career for himself as an entomologist, I would not like to be called to deal with a gigantic yellow jacket wasp nest like he was recently.
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“I have never seen a nest this large in my entire life,” said Simkins. “This is the prehistoric nest from the dinosaur ages.”
He says the nest was more than six and half feet tall, and eight feet wide. It may have contained more than a million insects.
“To put it into perspective, a nest we deal with on a day to day basis might have 1,000 to 5,000,” Simkins said.
“I have to be honest with you, I was terrified at one point, and there were several times that I had to pull out and get a breather. My heart rate was racing, I had hundreds of them on my veil,” said Simkins. (Via NBC 2)
It may… have contained… more than a million… insects.