Sunday, 27 February 2011

Snails & Slugs (3)

Nudibranchia

The Florida Regal Sea Goddess
the Gold-Line Sea Goddess
the Gold-Crowned Sea Goddess
the Purple-Crowned Sea Goddess
the Purple-Spotted Sea Goddess
the Black-Spotted Sea Goddess
the Red-Line Blue Sea Goddess
the Red-Tipped Sea Goddess
the Harlequin Blue Sea Goddess
and the Brown Sea Goddess
are of the tribe of Nudibranchia.

What dare one say
of so many Goddesses
all going naked
and in one sea?

That this
has feather-like anal gills
and that
has tufts of carata?
That this
is covered with purple spots
and that
is found on Staghorn Coral?
That this
is numerous in Biscayne Bay
and that
hides under coral slabs?

That they all
eat sponge?

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gw2011

11 comments:

  1. That is one beautiful creature (in a photograph I hasten to add) and I am presuming that you don't mean sponge cake!

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  2. This is a great little set of poems. Even the uglies have beautiful names to conjure with.

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  3. This is a great little set of poems. Even the uglies have beautiful names to conjure with.

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  4. Have enjoyed your Slugs and Snails.

    I heard somewhere of some research that found if you speeded up film of land-going slugs they appeared to behave socially very much like dogs.

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  5. Thanks Gordon
    and Dominic, from what you say, I guess my slugs may be 'ole sea dogs'?

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  6. also meant to say happy St David's day
    john

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  7. Many thanks John, I shall toast Dafydd Bach with a suitable beverage very shortly!

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  8. lovely pix, lovely poems. D's idea that if you "speeded up film of land-going slugs they appeared to behave socially very much like dogs"s gonna take up residence in my head for awhile, I'm guessing.

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  9. I think there's even a worse image Clowncar,-
    just imagine all those dogs slowed down to slug speed!

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