QUIMERA DIVERS

DISCOVER THE SEA WITH MARINE BIOLOGISTS

Oct

31

May

06

TOUCH ME, IF YOU DARE

fireworm

They call me Marilyn Monroe because I look soft and delicate and everyone can enjoy my company but no one can touch me. Mother Nature has given me a wonderful way to protect myself and for this reason I am full of confidence and oozing with as much sexiness that a worm can have. Slowly and stealthily I cross over the monotonous under water rocks not caring about anything or anyone. My life is easy and carefree because I always carry my secret with me. My white velvet coat, which is the envy of several other animals, is not just a coat but also a powerful weapon that protects me against predators or animals that are looking for a quick snack. My coat is composed of a set of micro tubes of calcium carbonate that contains a toxin that gives a burning sensation to animals that want to try me. This hot, burning sensation has led me to have the common name, Fire worm. With my electrifying personality and no nonsense nature, I break the monotony of the living environment around me.

Jacqui de Klerk

 

BSc Physiology (UCT)

 

jacqui@jdeklerk.co.za

 

 

 

May

02

 

May

02

Apr

20

THE SEA’S FLASHING LOVE

 

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Caribbean reef squid – Sepioteuthis sepioidea  Photo: Diego Avila

My dear children, it was an ordinary day out in the blue sea and I was swimming with my buddies in search of food. With the left side of my body, I flashed a warning to my friends by changing the colour and pattern of my skin, to tell them I thought I saw a predator approaching us. And with the right side of my body, I sent a message that there is probably food close by. All of a sudden something beautiful caught my huge eyes. And you should trust me on this, as we squids have the biggest eye-to-body ratio in the entire animal kingdom. It was love at first sight and I couldn’t hide my attraction to her as my body changed to the colour of love in an instant. I swam slowly up to her and started to stroke her with my tentacles, hoping I would win her over. At first she was alarmed and her skin flashed a distinct pattern, and having been in the dating scene for some time; I knew well what that meant. To calm her down I repeatedly blew water in her face and darted away, knowing that she wouldn’t be able to resist my good looks and charm. We danced like this for over an hour and eventually she accepted my offer to be her mate. We spent a magical time together sharing our flashes of love and soon you guys arrived. I was so happy but knew that the next step would be to lose her, since the sad reality of a squid’s life is the loss of the mother after she lays her eggs. I know this is the sad part of our story, but remember to be a reef squid is to have the beautiful opportunity to be able to express our thoughts and feelings using flashes of colours; unlike no other sea animal.

Jacqui de Klerk

 

BSc Physiology (UCT)

 

jacqui@jdeklerk.co.za

 

 

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