It’s Just Plain Weird: A Message in a Bottle and a Website for Bugs


Fisherman Finds Message in a Bottle

In April 2019, third graders at Greensboro Day School in North Carolina were given the assignment to write messages and put them in bottles. It was part of their “Pirate Day” celebrations.

Vivian Byerly’s note included a note that said, “If you find this message, please let us know.” She included her teacher, Susan Ferguson’s name, address and email on the note.

One of the boys in the class was participating in fishing tournament in May and was able to take the bottles a put them in the ocean off the coast of Morehead City. The lesson for the students was to show the power of the Gulf Stream in the coastal waters.

On Sunday, August 2, Ms. Ferguson received an email from a fisherman—in Morocco. He found the bottle on a place called White Beach near Guelmim in Morocco. His email to the teacher included the photo of him holding the message from the bottle.

The fisherman’s nephew was able to translate the note and now fisherman and Vivian have been able to share the information that the bottle must have traveled 4,000 miles to reach that destination.


Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. – An Entomologist’s Dream

If you’re looking for something that looks really weird, we’ve found the perfect site.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has an online exhibition they call Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A.

Every city has its share of large populations of insects. Since 2012, Museum scientists have been documenting these creatures as part of the BioSCAN (Biodiversity Science: City and Nature) Project.

Check out the online exhibit here to learn about how scientists document the insects they find—including the 47 species discovered that are new to science and then look through the gallery of images taken by Lisa Gonzalez using a special high resolution digital microscope.

In this photograph, you’re looking at the head of a mason bee—go ahead—just count the eyes!


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