National Geographic : 1955 Jun
810 Junior Explorers Wade Maine's Stony Coast in Quest of Sea Life Near Gooserock, 20 miles south of Portland, dense rockweed beds harbor crabs, snails, starfish, mussels, sponges, and sea urchins. This band of teen-agers, led by Princeton student David Fulmer (second from left), accompanied the author in search of marine specimens (page 797). Here they examine a freshly netted crab. band like a rippling wave. Each comb beat is comparable to a swift paddle stroke and causes the animal to move through the water like a many-oared galley. The rippling combs are a remarkable sight, especially at night when they often glow with a bluish other world quality (page 806). I spent several days looking unsuccessfully for specimens of this group in the waters around Woods Hole. Finally Sam said that he thought he knew where we could find some -up near the north end of the Cape Cod Canal, about 30 miles away. Most comb jellies are so fragile that one picked up in your hand will quickly disintegrate. Our problem was how to transport such delicate objects over 30 miles of rough road and keep them alive and whole in a bucket of splashing water. We decided not to worry about that until we had first found the specimens. So early one morning we were off again, with the skiff riding high on the back of the truck. The Cape Cod Canal cuts across the neck of the cape, serving to connect Buzzards Bay with the more or less open Atlantic of Cape Cod Bay. Large steamers ply this canal, high bridges span it, and innumerable sea creatures live in its waters.