Saturday, August 22, 2009
When you look up Mermaid's Wine Glass (Acetabularia crenulata), you get very short entries.
I suppose either Mermaid's Wine Glass (MWG) is a very boring algae ... or, we just don't know it's secrets.
I know this, it covers the shallow bottom of much of Hagen's Cove. The clear shallow water allows lots of light to penetrate so MWG can do it's photosynthetic magic.
It needs a place to perch, ... any old shell will do. Each little clump in the cove seemed to have an ancient scallop shell anchoring it to the sand.
On the day I found this little clump, I wasn't prepared to bring some back to my lab aquariums, but now that school is starting, I need to make another trip up to the cove ... oh darn.
The little black drum, killifish, mollies, and sheepshead minnows I collected earlier in the summer are doing great in the big community tank in my lab. They have adjusted to store bought food, but every once in a while I pop a frozen clam out of the freezer, thaw it, and dice it up for them.
If fish could smile, they would. They go nuts over clams.
One of the cool things I learned at that aquaculture training at Harbor Branch was how to make that really expensive (in the pet store) refrigerated soft fish food.
So they don't know it yet, but the fish are gonna get some gourmet home "cooking" soon.
... and my student's don't know it yet, but they are gonna do the "cooking".
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