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Sep 01, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 15)

The Sea Slug Watchers

URL:homepage1.nifty.com/InTooDeep/HTML_E/index_E.html
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You’re probably asking yourself, “Is that title right?” Well, I’m happy to report that it is, in fact, correct. Sea Slug Watchers appears to refer to anyone interested in sea slugs, so if you’ve read this far, you probably qualify as a watcher. Sea slugs, it seems, are oceanic versions of the slugs that crawl across our gardens, though the former are much more colorful than the latter. At Sea Slug Watchers, visitors can view numerous images of species, watch movies, get tips on photographing the organisms, and read descriptions of how to find them. The designer of the site appears to have English as a second language, so some of the descriptions range from confusing to amusing. One thing that definitely comes through is that the person who wrote everything on the site definitely loves these unusual organisms and has a gift for photographing them.
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