Encontrado en los fiordos patagónicos por investigadores chilenos y españoles la nueva especie de amfípodo fue hallada en el parque nacional Bernardo O’Higgins en el extremo sur de Chile.

Denominado Leucothoe kawesqari, rinde honor al pueblo Kawéskar, cuyo territorio ancestral se extiende a través de la Región de Magallanes, desde el Golfo de Penas hasta el Estrecho de Magallanes.

La nueva especie fue encontrada en sustratos duros, tanto sin vegetación como con macro algas, dominadas por bosques de huiros (Macrocystis pyrifera)

Sketch WIP - this fellow is based of macrocystis, a lovely species of giant kelp. I’d like to do him up in varying shades of gold, dark sepia with hints of green and white. There are so many species of kelp, I will probably end up creating a sub-species of kelp whitewater dragons.

I’ve decided to name this one Demetrius.

Happy Arbor Day! National marine sanctuaries may not have trees, but they do have kelp forests that serve as crucial habitats for many marine animals. Nancy Foster Scholar alumna Nyssa Silbiger snapped this amazing photo of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

(Photo: Nyssa Silbiger) 

Sand Scribblings / Carl Sandburg / in Smoke and Steel, 1922

THE WIND stops, the wind begins.
The wind says stop, begin.
A sea shovel scrapes the sand floor.
The shovel changes, the floor changes.
The sandpipers, maybe they know.        
Maybe a three-pointed foot can tell.
Maybe the fog moon they fly to, guesses.
The sandpipers cheep “Here” and get away.
Five of them fly and keep together flying.
Night hair of some sea woman        
Curls on the sand when the sea leaves
The salt tide without a good-by.
Boxes on the beach are empty.
Shake ’em and the nails loosen.
They have been somewhere.