eel grass

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.

“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.