Friday, July 6, 2012

Japanese Swell Shark

Swell shark embryo in egg sac

What a mother you have!
Fifty yards below the sea,
you grow from a whisper to a fish, in your smooth egg-sac,
anchored by cool chains your mother made you,
and wound around coral, that the sea might not steal you.
Red choral and yellow.
What a luminous home!
What a way to grow!
Lucky fish baby.

Annelinde Metzner
September 1, 1981
Columbia, South Carolina

Learn more about the amazing Japanese Swell Shark here.

Japanese Swell Shark


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