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Friday, August 3, 2007

Spineless Song of the Week - Wayfaring Mollusk

Phymorhynchus starmeri aff. looking very lonely. Oh no! Is that a snailfish sneaking up behind you?! Watch out P. starmeri!! Photo Credit: C. Fisher


It isn't easy being a mollusk alone in the big, deep ocean. It seems everywhere you go there is a crab or fish trying to eat your tasty flesh. This song, sung to Wayfaring Stranger by Johnny Cash, is an ode to the wayfaring mollusk.

Wayfaring Mollusk

I’m just a poor wayfaring mollusk
Crawling through the seafloor below
There is no sickness, no toil nor danger
In the dark depths to which I go

I’m going down to hide from predators
And if I get caught inside I’ll go
I’ll go inside this here shell
Protected evermore

I know dark depths will gather round me
I know my way is hard and steep
No fish nor crab shall overcome me
I’ll crawl along this seafloor

I feel a tap upon my aperature
I feel a claw at my door
So I’m going into this shell
Protected everymore

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