[not so great photo credits: me]
“the veliger’s a lively tar, the liveliest afloat,
a whirling wheel on either side propels his little boat;
but when the danger signal warns his bustling submarine,
he stops the engine, shuts the port, and drops below unseen.”
an excerpt from my favourite larval poem, about a larval snail of course, “The Ballad of the Veliger or How the Gastropod Got its Twist”. this poem, and many others, can be found in an amazing book i was so fortunate to come by a few years ago (a free giveaway left on a table in the hall in the biology department). the book is called “larval forms and other zoological verses” by walter garstang. a modest 76 page collection of poetry devoted to the marine invertebrate (and a few vertebrates) larva.