National Geographic : 1955 Jun
0* "Look What I Found!" Young Eda Zahl (Right) Proudly Exhibits a Giant Seaweed that stem was Nature's way of keeping this true animal in one place. Now I saw the tentacle filaments moving, contracting, expanding. Lining those tenta cles, although invisible even to my lensed eye, were the usual stinging cells, harmless to me but death to the tiny creatures passing for ever to and fro with the tide's washings. An hour or so later I had this tiny "garden plot" set up in my aquarium ashore. Without benefit of a lens, Rhea and Sandy Ethering ton, who were watching my camera activities, wondered what on earth I was finding photo genic in that confusion of tinted jelly. Then I turned on my lights and told them to look into the ground glass (pages 814 and 815). During that spring and summer I made four extended excursions to various spots along the North Atlantic coast, visiting all manner of tide pools, beaches, estuaries, bays, mud flats, and lagoons all the way from Long Island to Maine. I turned over stones, searched under sea weed and grass, waded through shallows, paddled about in skiffs, examined tide-ex posed pilings, collected, studied, photographed whatever I saw in the way of marine animals. Though it all added up to a very exciting experience, I knew that neither my eyes nor my lens had seen more than the merest frac tion of what was there. I had only scratched the surface of Nature's marine wonderland.