National Geographic : 1944 May
Even Oysters have Thorns ONE OF THE MANY strange and colorful crea tures who inhabit the corals of tropic seas is the Thorny Oyster (Spondylus pictorum). Like most mollusks, the Thorny Oyster starts early in life to build a hard shell-fortress which he keeps enlarging as he grows. This protects his soft, defenseless body from many misfor tunes. But he is surrounded by dangers from which the hardness of his shell, alone, could not de fend him. Large fish with teeth that can easily crush a mollusk shell are always swimming among the corals in search of food. And, unlike the Deep Sea Scallop, the Thorny Oyster cannot skip about to elude these potential enemies. He is usually attached to a coral by one of his valves. So nature has provided a special defense for his fortress in order to make it doubly secure. In contrast to the ordinary oyster shell, his shell bristles with long spines which curve outward in a menacing fashion. With these formidable weapons, the Thorny Oyster keeps danger at a safe distance. Now although you may never have thought of it this way, the average man relies upon his income, or business, much as an ordinary oyster relies upon his shell. It serves as a fortress to protect him and his family from many mis fortunes. But however carefully a man may build this fortress, enlarging it with his needs, he cannot rely on his income alone, to make himself finan cially secure. That is, if a fire should destroy part of his home, a windstorm cause heavy damage, or an accident land him in the hospital for a time, his income might fail to cover the heavy expenses which would follow. And so man has developed a special defense, an extra protection, to guard his income from exceptional financial strain. This defense is in surance. If you have not checked on your fire, life, ac cident, and other insurance policies lately, the Travelers man in your community will be glad to advise you as to whether you are carrying proper protection for your present needs. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers In surance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.