Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bryozoans



Looks like this little fella is from the Wehrmacht given his helmet and the rest of the kit he’s toting. Poised, ready to shoot, a cog in Der Fürer’s army. He’s been out there at sea a long long time, finally coming to rest on Kehoe Beach, home from the war. He’s sporting mineralized skeletons of Bryozoans. 

Bryozoans have a varied gendered life cycle and body parts that show that they are the level of complexity of earthworms. They make colonies, distinctive little homes for themselves and are a sure tell that a piece of plastic has been at sea a long time.

Our little Wehrmacht Soldat reminds us that great armies rise and fall, but plastic is forever.

1 comment:

  1. I found a green collegue at the baltic sea! Fortunately with a broken gun. Unfortunately there are a lot of Nazis in Germany again - or still. Never ending story.
    I enjoy your work very much because I have been doing the same for two years now and it is nice to know there are kindred.

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