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Friday mystery object #296

This week I’ve been in the USA couriering a loan back from the stunning Corning Museum of Glass (I’ll write about that sometime soon). However, that means I’ve had limited access to specimens for this week’s mystery object and I’m restricted to what I’ve got on my phone. 33 kata lagi

Friday Mystery Object

Snails & Fairy Tales

The Curious Sengi recently spent a few days in Copenhagen, snurfling about that wonderful old city.  Going to visit the iconic statue of The Little Mermaid  1.173 kata lagi

Cabinet Beauties

You can see the slugs and the trees

A brief trip to some of the wet rainforests of the northwest was a revelation.

There will be more to come, but shall we begin with an atypical sublimity? 42 kata lagi


Mantles Most Splendid: Tridacna spp.

The elegant shapes and colorful patterns of shells often define the identity of the molluscs we encounter and gleefully collect.  But what we hold in our hands is a largely inert structure of calcium carbonate, devoid of its occupant, its essence incomplete.   2.193 kata lagi


Species Feature: Coquina Clam

I have an odd ritual when I go to the beach. Once I drop my things, I make a beeline to the surf’s edge and stalk up and down the shoreline, hands on my hips, frowning down at the sand. 547 kata lagi



Aplacophora is a class of small wormlike marine animals.  For a long time they were a mystery to marine biologists: up until 1987 they were classified as sea cucumbers (which are echinoderms).  166 kata lagi


Notes from the Field No. 1: Darwin v. Octopus

Charles Darwin had all the anxieties typical of a recent college graduate:  uncertain of what was to come, depressed by the prospects available in the Real World.   730 kata lagi