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Marine Life Exploration Still in Infancy: Excerpts from “Spineless” by Susan Middleton via DelanceyPlace.com

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The serious exploration of life in the ocean is just getting under way. Nearly every inch of Earth’s lands have been mapped, and most have been crisscrossed many times by human observers. Meanwhile, only about 5 percent of the ocean below the surface waters has ever been seen at all, let alone fully explored. There are 1.25 million terrestrial species on Earth, but there may be as many as 50 million species in the sea, of which only about 250,000 have been discovered and named so far.

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Ducks in a raft; Sharks in a shiver: What do you call a group of…?

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When conducting research for the blog on Barb’s great Rubber Ducky Race in July, the rather creative term for a group of ducks, “a paddling” (along with several others as in the headline above), got us wondering how much fun it would be to see what words our imaginative ancestors came up with to describe groups of other animals. And sure enough, it was certainly an interesting delve into history, conflict and clever interpretation dating, in some cases, back to the 16th century…

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