A Close Study of Laguna Madre Specimens

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After a grueling week of mandatory appointments, I’m delighted to settle down Friday night and look  closely at some specimens the scientists gave me last week while on assignment.

During Media Day, Capt. Jay Tarkington waded out into the lagoon and pulled an algae specimen up from the bottom. One of his colleagues wrote the identification into my journal: acetabularia crenulata. They call it the “mermaid’s winecup”. I wanted to paint it while on location, but feared the high winds would blow it away. Now that I am home and indoors,  I can protect it better.

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