Forbidden Love

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He was a squid from the wrong side of the ocean.  She, a mild mannered but inquisitive squash from a rural farm.  Theirs was a love that was forbidden.  What blossomed was more than love and the relationship eventually proved fruitfulHat tip to Urlesque for inspiration.

Dr. M (1714 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

6 comments on “Forbidden Love
  1. By the way, it’s not a squash (family Cucurbitaceae); it’s a citrus fruit (family Rutaceae)! So much for your taxonomy above the water line… ; )

  2. Knew it wasn’t a squash as you mentioned but thought people would enjoy the literary embellishment for the sake of humor. Not only is Buddha’s Hand not in the squash family but is not even in the same order. Interesting this species is actually in the genus Citrus (Citrus medica, the citron with Buddha’s hand being var. sarcodactylus). Also in the genus Citrus are pretty much anything you equate being citrus…oranges, limes, grapefruits, tangelos, etc.). Most of these are cultivars or hybrids based on either C. reticulata or C. maxima. So basically the “diversity” of all the citrus we consume is not actually that diverse.

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