I. Invocation to the Muse
I sing of arms and of tentacles,
And of the Carnival, who exiled by Fate,
Hurled about endlessly from blog to blog
Has reached the Oyster’s Garter’d shores
Here to found number twenty-one.
O muse! Tell me of the many wonders
Cradled in this sea-tossed carnival.
Of sharks and squirts and of the cuttlefish
Impaled upon the dolphin’s beak.
And death spreading ever outward
From too much carbon in the sky.
Wallace J. Nichols wanders in the sea.
Encouraging you to get out there.
And Sheril praises Bush’s legacy
Protecting Pacific habitats rare.
I explain ocean acidification short & sweet
A primer for the learning.
James Hrynyshyn says Monaco is too discreet
And acidification’s very concerning.
But Oceana saved some sharks
By keeping them out of makeup
And DN Lee’s shark finning remarks
Are a cause that we should take up.
And David says keep sharks in captivity
If they inspire conservation in you and me.
JE Byrnes is a man who loves squirts
But invasive ones cause nature big hurts.
So in order to beat them
He suggests we eat them
Truly, this is just desserts.
Peter Etnoyer found a new coral!
Yippee! He gets science laurels.
But naming Isidella tentaculum
Caused an anxiety attack-ulum,
The wrong name could cause a big quarrel.
Rick MacPherson dines upon morays,
Or at least, describes Roman forays.
It takes guts to be blogging
Recipes calling for flogging.
But feeding morays to kings clearly pays.
The purple sandpiper flies south to the sun,
But the tropics it chooses to shun.
10,000 Birds’ Charlie
Photographed them most hardily
Wow. Didn’t that look like fun.
III. Sex and family values
Dr. M sings your praises.
Workhorse of the sea.
Fame and fortune lurk
Beneath Bainbridge Island waves
Mark’s on the front page.
What evil lurks in
The guts of Osedax worms?
These undergrads know.
I hope you enjoyed the Carnival in verse.
And that mediocre rhymes didn’t upset.
Next month the Carnival of the Blue can be found
At Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets.