Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Fort Monroe National Monument, Hampton, Virginia.
Etymology note: What a puzzle! Polyphemus was the name of a Cyclops with a bit part in the Odyssey. The name translates many voiced, and might literally mean often spoken of, hence famous. It seems an odd choice, to name a creature with ten eyes after a creature with only one.
It’s just occurred to me. After Kavinsky died, what the heck happened to the dragon he dreamt? Like. There’s now a flaming dragon that can’t wake up, permanently in the world. Did the police clear it away? How could they, if it was on fire? Was there nationwide mass panic because suddenly dragons? Henrietta wouldve made the news. Did the FBI show up? If i were the FBI i wouldve shown up because hello, dragon. Dragons exist because this one angry disaster of a kid wanted to win a fuckin fight. Kavinsky what have you done
Dead man’s fingers (tentatively Alcyonidium verrilli). At Fort Monroe National Monument, Hampton, Virginia. This branched mass is neither sponge nor seaweed, but a colony of thousands of bryozoans. This squiggly blob was about 1 foot across (30 cm). Please click the photo for an enlarged view.