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A skeleton shrimp in silhouette searches for sustenance with much zeal—if not mass—perched on a blade of Zostera eel grass.

“Eel-Grass” - Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

No matter what I say,
   All that I really love
is the rain that flattens on the bay,
   And the eel-grass in the cove;
The jingle-shells that lie and bleach
   At the tide-line, and the trace
Of higher tides along the beach:
   Nothing in this place.

View of the Beach at Beverly, Massachusetts, John Frederick Kensett, 1860

The Dungeness crab (Cancer magister, literally “master crab” in Latin) has a range from Santa Barbara to Alaska and is the largest edible crab in this area. It likes sandy bottomed areas or eel grass beds where it can bury itself in daylight hours. Watercolor and ink by Laura Streicher. You can see this specimen in the arthropod case in our Diversity of Life Exhibits on the ground floor.

Echinaster sepositus

Sometimes known as the “Red Starfish”, Echinaster sepositus is a species of Echinasterid sea star which occurs along the coasts of western Europe, mainly France. Echinaster sepositus is typically seen on rocky, muddy, or sandy bottoms, and commonly among eel-grass where it will feed on sessile invertebrates. 

Classification

Animalia-Echinodermata-Asteroidea-Spinulosida-Echinasteridae-Echinaster-E. sepositus

Image: Tato Grasso

anonymous asked:

What are the 23 flavours in Dr Pepper?

  1. Sugar
  2. Pepper
  3. Eel
  4. Grass
  5. Feet
  6. Hot Lava
  7. Donald Trump’s Toupeé
  8. Salt
  9. Extract of Bull Scrotum
  10. Pepsi
  11. Crystal Meth
  12. Beard Hair
  13. Weasel Spit
  14. Ground Gnome
  15. Jared Leto
  16. Black Fungus
  17. Pee
  18. Gym Socks
  19. Oregano
  20. Oregon Guano
  21. BRAINS
  22. Pumpernickel
  23. Real Doctors
Eel-Grass

By Edna St. Vincent Millay

No matter what I say,
   All that I really love
Is the rain that flattens on the bay,
   And the eel-grass in the cove;
The jingle-shells that lie and bleach
   At the tide-line, and the trace
Of higher tides along the beach:
   Nothing in this place.