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Flower Mushroom Coral - Ricordea yuma

Ricordea yuma (Corallimorpharia - Ricordeidae) is a species of soft coral belonging to a group commonly referred to as mushroom corals. These soft corals are very popular among aquarists due to their vibrant and varied color patterns. 

Ricordea yuma is found in the tropical Pacific. Like other Corallimopharians, this one has the ability to rapidly colonize available substrate.

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Photo credits: [Top: ©Felix Salazar | Locality: nano reef tank, 2008] - [Bottom: ©Scott Cohen | Locality: reef tank, 2009]

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Grey Seal pups - Halichoerus grypus

The Grey seals, Halichoerus grypus (Carnivora - Phocidae), occur in temperate and subarctic waters of the North Atlantic ocean and in the Baltic Sea. The breeding season of the grey seal varies greatly, occurring anywhere from mid-December to October, depending upon the location of the population.

The lovely pups are born with white coats and suckle from their mother for about 2 to 3 weeks. The mother then leaves the pup. She will mate again before leaving the beach. After one week’s development, the foetus stops growing for about 100 days, after which it continues to develop and is born the following November. The deserted pup sheds its white coat. After a while, hunger drives it to make its way to the sea to look for its own food.

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Photo credits: [Top: ©Alan Hill | Locality: Donna Nook National Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire, England, 2012] - [Bottom: ©Vince Burton | Locality: not indicated, 2010]

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Dear X,

            Sounds are the source of windows in the past, overlooking a cavernous time filled with mistakes and forked choices. Simple years progress like a vocabulary grows; now you are complicated beyond your lifetime, you are flying through space, flying–water drains from your face as you try to hold on to it all. Adolescent fears you were right to have all-along, the destruction of your clock and of all those around you. There is an inevitability that we will tire of one another, and we will loop behind ourselves and destroy everything from the beginning. And all that will be left will be what’s on the other side of those windows, watching ourselves making the same decision, becoming the same thing, consuming the same world–