Spring breed comes to an end for this Toad (Bufo bufo) - April 2016

Too much stress for one female toad during spawning time.
A scene from a flooded freshwater quarry showing a dead/dying female toad, that was unable to survive the stress of numerous amorous males competing to mate with her - taken during Spring after toads have moved from land to water to breed and spawn. The process is one of natures odd spectacles that occurs for only a few weeks each year and a certain amount of cruelty seems involved.

Olympus TG4, Olympus underwater housing