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 (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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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