Author Archives: Brit

Bubble Nets & Torodial Air-Core Vortex Rings

Cetaceans break my heart.  They are the fragile and failing embodiment of old earth intelligence and majesty. Ever floating, flying, falling within a deep blue salty matrix of emotional complexity: empathy, loyalty, compassion, delight, elation. Further reinforcing this mystique and sensitivity last week was the Whale Museum’s revelation of the … Continue reading

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Radula Action

Imagine that your teeth grew out of your tongue… and that five new rows of teeth rolled forward from the back of your mouth every 24 hours to replace the ones worn down by an instinctually compulsive licking of rocks … Continue reading

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Cattle Point & Macro vs Micro Zonation Study Utility

(brit) Cattle Point’s obvious biogeographic zones as well as the many species-level interactions framing these organic equilibrium states combine to highlight (for me anyway) a significant focal tension in biological and environmental sciences. At the macro scale, astute longterm observations … Continue reading

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False Bay Birefringence

(Brit ) The trip to False Bay took place at night… in black and white.  Spreading out across the shadowy darkness of the wide mudflat—divergent groups adorned in the fuzzy glow of headlamps, poking and prodding the expanse of inhabited … Continue reading

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Lined Up…to Eat?

Sucia’s shorefront–with its hardened pattern of a seafloor long ago–maintains a miniature mountain range notably barren on the seaward side… and just as remarkably resplendent with life of the other!   I imagine acorn barnacle veligers (Belanus sp.?) peering over a chain of microcosmic peaks at the crash, … Continue reading

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Sucia’s Super-Extinct Cephalopods

Way back in 1928, a UW student named Andrew Allen Weymouth wrote his Master’s thesis on the fossiliferous rocks of Sucia island.  In this work, he described three distinct faunal zones apparent in Sucia’s Cretaceous fossil records & distinguished each zone by the … Continue reading

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