Andy Goldsworthy’s art
A few of the oysters I shucked were hosting tiny oyster crabs (Zeops ostreus), a common parasite of oysters and other bivalves in east coast waters. The crabs graze on plankton the oysters siphon to feed themselves.
Over time a crab can damage an oyster’s fleshy mantle, but they are harmless to people, aside from being, well, alarmingly ugly, and (such a fraught word) parasites. I am an aquatic biologist not bothered by such things, and I find them interesting, if not attractive.
The specimen above was about a centimeter wide. You can easily visualize internal organs through its translucent shell. Based on the small size of its eyes, I think this little crab is female.
An aquarium has warned fish owners not to feed crisps to their pets after it had to wean a giant gourami off a diet of prawn cocktail-flavoured Skips.
Gerty, a 16 inch-long, 9lb fish, was transformed from a natural grey colour to an unusual pink hue when a previous owner fed her an unhealthy diet.
Staff at the Sea Life London Aquarium are now feeding her a healthier menu of grapes and bananas.
Curator Jamie Oliver said: “I have never heard of a fish being fed crisps. Gouramis usually eat a diet of fruit and vegetation but fortunately Gerty doesn’t appear to have suffered any ill effects from her unhealthy addiction. However, we would not recommend feeding fish crisps of any kind.” (read rest here)
Going over options for laser cut relief print