Posted by: Shanna Germain | 06/12/2009

Pg. 73: Mermaid’s Necklaces

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Whelk egg case.

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Scooped from wiki, because I just love it:

Strings of Busycon whelk egg capsules fairly often wash up, and can dry out on the beach, becoming brittle. These objects are sometimes referred to as “mermaid’s necklaces”, because they resemble a large necklace strung with medallion-shaped egg pouches. Each pouch of the “necklace” contains numerous baby whelks, similar in appearance to adults except that the baby shell, or protoconch, has far fewer whorls and less sculpture than the adult.

Far and fast, s.

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“A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.”

~William Butler Yeats

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