Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Marine Xenophilia

I’ve never made a secret of my love of all things marine, including snails, barnacles, and the sea itself. Part of the magic and mystery of the sea, to me, is that its inhabitants, existing in a medium so different from our own, have developed such incredible physiologies, physiognomies, and behaviors. That’s why, when people talk so excitedly about life on other planets, I wonder why they set their sights on such distant places and possibilities, when there are so many aliens among us, cementing themselves to intertidal rocks, living in the interstices between grains of sand, and gliding effortlessly through depths whose pressure would crush us in an instant.

So to you I pose a question: what’s your favorite marine species?

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Anca said...

Sea horses/dragons, but it's tough because that skate is a cutie, and I never met a cuttlefish I didn't like.

Caroline Maun said...

I like pufferfishes because they swim like helicopters. They also have cartoon faces.

Olivia V. Ambrogio said...

I never met a cuttlefish I didn't like, either! And, Caroline, I too find pufferfish to have charmy, cartoonish faces; they always seem to me to be smiling.

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