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Trach, you’re very close on the name, but the name is English, not Russian.

But what are they?
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:22 PM
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Stentor?

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Old 05-17-2018, 02:26 PM
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I forget where I am.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:55 PM
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Yes, Leigh! They’re stentors!

They are one of the largest one-celled animals! Some can grow to a length of two millimeters!
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:59 PM
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They are very cool little things. I’m not sure I will ever look at fluted stemware the same way again!
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:00 PM
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Lol!
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:18 PM
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Any ideas?
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:34 PM
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A dinosaur fossil?
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:17 PM
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That's a turtle track in the sand!
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:44 PM
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^^^What she said. I see tracks in and tracks out. There's been egg-layin' goin' on!
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:33 PM
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Yes, it is a leatherback turtle nesting crawl track!

Well done, him and trachs!
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:36 PM
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Here is another for your viewing pleasure.

Pretty cool.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:08 PM
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Very cool.

Down in the Gulf of Mexico, where my family has vacationed for decades, there are turtle nesting sites. The sites are roped off and it's a felony to disturb them. If your timing's right, you can see the mother's tracks and if the gods grace you, you can see the kids' tracks.

Ever seen a baby sea turtle? They are adorable.
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Old 05-18-2018, 12:32 PM
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I have seen fresh water turtles nesting but I have never had the joy of seeing a baby.

I have seen nesting crawl tracks and also roped off areas on the beach.

Lighting on the beach area during nesting season is restricted as to type, wattage, etc. Even beachfront homeowners are asked to comply with certain nighttime lighting standards.
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Old 05-18-2018, 12:55 PM
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Any guesses?
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Old 05-18-2018, 01:56 PM
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Old 05-18-2018, 02:06 PM
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Not a diatom although diatoms are visually similar.
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:11 PM
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I think it's a snowflake -- not sure what the filaments are -- some kind of thing where they've landed?
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by courage2 View Post
I think it's a snowflake -- not sure what the strands are.
Yes, it is a snowflake. I have no idea what the strands are but I will try to find out.
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:35 PM
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The image was taken utilizing macro photography. I am guessing that the strands are from background materials.https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4373888
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