11 June 2011


Known by many other names, including the Green Moray Eel, Brown Reef Eel, and the Pettifogger.

Eels, even brightly lit, have such an air of mystery. This young one was washed up on a beach.


Lucy said...

A magical photo.

anna tambour said...

Lucy, thank you very much for commenting on it. I didn't know if the eel would just look like a dark blur to everyone else. The scene has captivated me ever since I came upon the sight, and my mind refuses to see it as a rectangle.

I highly recommend Budak's recent post, "Gilled", which is powerful emotionally, intellectually, and politically while being a joy as usual, to read. An excerpt: "A few victims had already been disembowelled by opportunistic portunids which may themselves become entangled and eaten. Great-billed herons, turtles, sharks and dolphins also visit the flat and risk becoming collateral damage to pursuits that pay regard to neither their direct impact nor the externalities imposed on ecosystems at tipping point."

& you might want to read my little story about another eel.
You can read it free in the archives of HMS Beagle: The BioMedNet Magazine, "The Eel"

As for your wonderment about who comes to your marvelously eclectic blog, Box Elder, I share your bemusement about posts that are popular, and the unanswered question: Why? However, that's fine news that more people are walking down the pathways of your wayward mind. Your stats sound enormous to me. Mine are about a tenth of that, and if people didn't think that leeches were fruit, that tenth would shrink to th or possibly .

So congratulations, but you deserve to be known by the -llions. .Your fennel fotos make my mouth water. Do you eat it raw? It's great in salad, sliced with tart orange and with walnuts tossed all over it. Or just eating it in your chair while reading a book. Crunch down at the rollicking bits.

Lucy said...

Thanks for those mouthwatering links whch I shall come back and enjoy later, after practising standing on my head (as recommended) at my weekly yoga session!

Your fennel ideas sound delish too, and I happen to have oranges and walnuts in the house, though the oranges are for marmelade, one of the staffs of life hereabouts.

I think the responses to my shamelessly fishing post on stats prove conclusively that stats are meaningless, both in terms of how they are collected and whether they reflect the worth of the site visited;* yours deserves far more than that.

*correct use of semi-colon? In fact my husband has only a semi-colon, they took the other half out, and he finds he functions better than ever without it...

Lucy said...

Liked Budak's blog very much, the 'Gilled' post was powerful indeed but the flatworms really had me amazed. and your eel story was great; I'd forgotten about the eagles until the end, gasp!

Thanks Anna.

anna tambour said...

Dear Lucy,
Since you are an aficionado of the sky-is-floor view, I hope you view that chart not only in this stance, but with your legs suitably knotted, you overachiever! And I'm sad to inform you that your various interests continue to astound with the unexpected. Your "Out with Mol" series is beautiful and Frans Halsish in its pre-Brownie freshness of snap. I especially found delicious, the post with the peas. And that picture of you and Mol is delightful. I hope she gets better soon, too, after her operation today. And on another topic in today's smorgasbord spread at your place, could you please drop me a line privately? anna_tambour at yahetc.

As for the semi-colon, does it work just as fine? Is the whole, merely an excess?

& budak always fascinates.

Lucy said...

Hello again, only just got back here.

The colon works fine, by and large, though somewhat differently from before, I gather. He had acute diverticulitis, which got so bad it was making him quite ill and there was a risk of peritonitis, so they removed the sigmoid colon, the lower bit (his Sigmoid Friend, I used to call it, hideously delighted at my own wit). He was warned of possible less than desirable changes in functioning but happily experienced none of them, and is much more comfortable and well now. However Mol's op scar brings back memories! It seems we can do without quite a bit of our intestines, large and small.

I have sent you an e-mail, but in case of any problem, my address is lucy-dot-kmptn-at-gmail-dot-com.

Must go and read about parrots now.

anna tambour said...

Ouch. That must have been painful and worrying, so that's wonderful that his health has been restored. You made me laugh, so I must have hideous-wit taste. Did they give you his Sigmoid Friend to carry home?