WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE – CREATURE IDENTIFICATION
Well what would you expect a warbler to look like? To make a nice loud warble then one needs a high-capacity warbler. So these Little Stinkers have frog heads and an expanding bubbly throat for warbling. They have a reptile body, dragonfly wings and slim tails which means they can hover, warble and whiff effortlessly. There is not point struggling to make a smell when you can deliver a stink with ease!
The way their throats fill up before a good whiff warbling session is actually rather beautiful. Imagine blowing a huge bubble with a triple piece of bubble gum and then making a whole load of warble-licious sounds before it pops. Fun eh!
Now, before we go any further in the Warbler’s festering features, bear in mind the larger the throaty bubble then the more ghastly gas has been created. Of course it is wonderful to watch the throaty bubble form but there will of course be a stink ratio in comparison. The bigger the warble the worse the whiff! Yes it is true and now imagine a band of whiff warblers gathering and you have the potential for an ultimate whiffy and whiny warble.
The warble can be quite a moving experience. Imagine a choir of warbling leading up to one unified squelch. Yep, it is rather unpleasant and once the squelch has sounded then the whiff wreaks. Sometimes the warbling is so emotional that onlookers may cry or simply begin to sob. Originally Sebastian Stinkworthy thought the whiff had got them, the same way as the smell of onions make people cry. Yet, over time, he realised that the warbling tones could bring about quite an emotional reaction. Who would have thought that a decent warble could end in tears?
THE STINKING UGLY – HOW THEY ‘GET YOU’
Have you ever seen dragon flies hovering over beautiful lily-clad ponds? There is a wonderful sense of calm. Now imagine a group of innocent looking amphibians, with those beautiful dragonfly wings, gathering above or on lily pads. The evening or early morning scene would appear lovely. The next thing you know you witness their throats expand. It is quite a sight and then… then they warble in unison. It would be one of those profound moments where the warbling reaches a crescendo and then… SQUELCH! Shortly after a warbling whiff of rotting fish surrounds you. Really? Yes really! Suddenly the sight isn’t quite so inspirational but more ominous.
The smell of rotting fish comes from these warbling whiffers. It isn’t your average rotting fish smell either. If you think smoked mackerel kept in a warm plastic bag for a week and you are just on the edge of this whiff. Hideous? Horrendous? Horrifying? Are just a few words beginning with H that partly describe how horrible that odour can be.
The word squelch is quite a lovely word especially if you say it with feeling. Hmmmm SQUELCH! Ohh isn’t that satisfying? Well Sebastian Stinkworthy went through a phase of simply saying the word squelch aloud for a while and giggling at it. It was then he decided that he wanted to create a Little Stinking creature that would warble into a special Squelch crescendo. That was when the Whiff Warbler popped into his mind. He found it amusing that some frogs had large throaty bubbles. Those bubbles could be filled with a wicked whiff. He thought about how the warble could come from the bubble and result in a huge squelch and boom-shaka-whiffy-whacker- you have a wicked whiff warbled at you.
IF YOU ARE LIKE THIS LITTLE STINKER
Do you like to warble? I know it is a personal question. However, there is probably a lot of talk before your whiff delivery. It is often that the whiff warbler type has a bloomin’ good moan or complains for a while and then finalises it with a wicked whiff. Sometimes that whiff is accompanied by a bit of a squelch, which of course horrifies any onlookers – or unsuspecting sniffers.
THE STINKING STORY
In Tingle Dingle and The Little Stinkers there is quite a warbling spectacle.
The warblers lined up with their great bubbly throats that looked like they had all grown giant bubble gum bubbles in their necks. After three seconds they gurgled and popped together until they reached a high-pitched warble. ‘With a gurgle and a pop no stink will stop… La la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! With a squelch and a squish the smell of rotting fish la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.’
Sebastian swam around the dancefloor making his best goldfish impression.
WHAT MAKES THEM SMILE
There is nothing like a good squelch sound to make anyone smile. Also saying the word squelch at the top of ones lungs makes most people smirk. So a decent bit of warbling leading to a united squelch is the whiff warbler’s smile-generating favourite.
THEIR FAVOURITE FOOD
You might assume they like fish flavoured food but actually you are wrong. They actually are bottom feeders, so they dive to the bottom of ponds and feed off the slime. I know, that is quite random eh? What is even stranger is that the pond slime actually tastes a bit fishy. That might be because fish live in ponds and swim around in ponds leaving a fish flavour. Whatever it is, the whiff warblers hover above ponds to see shallow areas or sit on lily pads scoping out where their best slimy dinner is.
A LITTLE BIT OF WEIRDNESS
Squish, squelch and squash are some of Sebastian Stinkworthy’s favourite words. There is something about words that have a squa sound at the beginning that captured his imagination. With that in mind, and after singing squish at the top of his lungs on a regular basis, he came to the conclusion that there definitely needed to be a decent squelch involved in the RASPBERRY Rhapsody.
THEIR PART OF THE RASPBERRY RHAPSODY
The whiff warblers were a little bit mischievous and certainly made a huge Squelchy impression.
‘Come on then Warblers it is time for you to give it some warbling welly… Make my musical day!’ cried Sebastian Stinkworthy.
The Warblers lined up and their great bubbly throats expanded to full capacity. After three seconds they gurgled and popped together until they reached a high-pitched warble.
Tingle and Josh’s hair stood on end. It was incredible!
‘With a gurgle and a pop no stink will stop… La la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!’
‘Ohhhh I like that more….’ Sebastian said with a clap, he was obviously pleased.
‘With a squelch and a squish the smell of rotting fish la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.’
‘Now that is perfect…’ Sebastian swam around the podium like a goldfish in a bowl.
‘Warble, warble, belch and bubble our bad smell will cause whiffy trouble… La laaa laaaaaaaaaaaaaa!’
‘Love it… But hang on… what makes you think you can have three lines in the opera?’
The Whiff Warblers warbled together… as if avoiding the question.
WHERE YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO FIND THEM
The whiff warblers are peaceful creatures most of the time and love to spend time gazing into clear water from a lily pad (mainly because there is a potential feast waiting for them at the bottom of the pond). They may well be found on a lake, floating down a river or gazing into a pond. Quite often they meditate or flit around like dragonflies. Yet there are times when the inner warble rises and it seems that there is a connection between the whiff warblers because they can’t help but warble in unison as soon as that whiff rises. It seems that together they can unite in a superb squelch. When it came to the original Great Stink, the Whiff Warblers could be found around the city sitting on bridges near the Thames. The fact that the Thames was so dirty made them warble more prolifically which resulted in numerous Squelch-induced-stenches.
ADVICE FROM THIS LITTLE STINKER
Be very aware of superb squelch sounds because they can wreak nasal havoc.
THE DANCE OF THE LITTLE STINKER
There isn’t so much of a dance but more of a flying-flit into the arena. There can of course be formation flitting and hovering. This then evolves into a wonder of warble as their throaty bubbles expand before the sounding of the squelch. A lot of energy goes into the squelch sound, so moving around whilst working up to the squelch from the warbling uses up a lot of energy. They often find it easier to focus on a superb squelch when they hover, although sitting down is easier.
HOW THEY LULL YOU INTO A FALSE SENSE OF STINKING SECURITY
If you happen to be wondering through some beautiful gardens with ornamental ponds or lovely lakes with lily pads, you could be mistaken for thinking that the funny throaty creatures are quite lovely until they make the squelch sound. Of course you will be greeted by a warbling whiffy surprise.
STAND OUT MOMENTS
At one time Sebastian Stinkworthy needed to test out the squelch response from unsuspecting participants. So he advised the whiff warblers to create a bit of a warbling spectacle one evening in a beautiful park. They all flitted in and people stopped to watch the peculiar but pretty phenomenon. The Whiff Warblers landed, expanded their throats and began to warble delightfully. Of course the spectacle drew a crowd and people started posting images on social media. Within an hour a huge group had gathered to watch the unexpected squelch-stinktacular.
A harmony of warbles in a beautiful setting was recorded and witnessed by millions of viewers. When the warbling reached its peak the ultimate SQUELCH sounded. The onlookers frowned, looked bemused and then arose the worst whiff ever. People grabbed their noses, others retched and few children cried. The stench was intense and while the crowd reacted the warblers flitted away with their beautiful dragonfly wings, as if the huge squelch had been a figment of people’s imaginations.
What particularly entertained Sebastian Stinkworthy was that he provided a few ‘tremors’ before the real Greatest Stink eruption ever. When his supreme stench descended on the world they would be able to track back and notice there had been indications of the musty nasal invading monstrosity.
THE MORAL OF THE STINKY STORY
A good warble and a squelch can certainly make a person smile.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY ROBIN DRY – THANK YOU!