The quiet world of cuttlefish.
“I lingered in front of the kelp forest, eerily beautiful in the morning light, and as I watched the leathery brown ribbons swaying in the currents, the chains of bubbles and the silver fish, I could imagine the relief a diver must feel: a single plunge, and all history is banished, blame lifted, anguish ended.”
Excerpt from “A Sea Change,” one of the stories in SURVIVAL SKILLS
Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Lillian, Alabama. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. Her short story collections, SURVIVAL SKILLS and LOVERS AND LONERS, are available online. STRANGE COMPANY, a collection of short nature essays, is available in paperback as well as digital and audio editions.
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8 thoughts on “Greetings from the Monterey Bay Aquarium”
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is at the top of my bucket list. I could spend a week there and still want to see more. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photo!
Thanks for stopping by, Rae.
A wonderful place! My grandfather was a marine biologist there so I spent many of my summer vacations as a kid there with him 🙂
I love the fact that it incorporates the environment, that it is constantly replenished by the wild.
I was 18 years old, suiting up for my first ocean dive. The wetsuit, the weight belt, the oxygen tank, the face mask, and flippers made me feel heavy and very awkward. Then, the big splash off the boat! Striking silence, feeling of weightlessness, instant serenity, mixed with intense curiosity. Yes, I quickly forget the world above, and eagerly embraced the wondrous world below the ocean surface. Pure joy.
Thank you for stopping by, Cindy. I’ve always envied your marine adventures. What a lovely experience.
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We know those three in the photo…
Thank you for the reblog and the follow. Don’t you just love cuttlefish?