Starfish

Description
Label reads: ‘Leptychaster arcticus (Sars). var: elongata, Sladen. SOUTH OF HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, 85 fathoms, amongst gravel and stones. “Challenger” expedition, Station 49. SLADEN COLLECTION.’ Date: 20/05/1873. Location: 4303’N 63039’W. Water temperature: Surface 4.70C, bottom 1.70C.
Accession Loan No.
263/1903/A/22
Collection Class
Echinoderms
Common Name
starfish
Simple Name
starfish
Full Name
ECHINODERMATA; STELLEROIDEA; Asteroidea; Paxillosida; Astropectinidae; Leptychaster arcticus elongatus Sladen
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Family Group

Phylum
ECHINODERMATA
Family
ASTROPECTINIDAE
Genus
Leptychaster
Species
arcticus elongatus

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    • 02 December 2021 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      The sea is another story

      […]

      you breathe differently down here.

      “Diving Into the Wreck”, Adrienne Rich
      What diversity lives in the ocean, yet to be discovered by humans?

      These starfish were collected near Nova Scotia, Canada in 1873 as part of the Challenger Expedition. HMS Challenger, a repurposed warship, undertook the first large-scale oceanographic expedition, discovering over 4,000 previously unknown species as it circumnavigated the globe between 1872 and 1876.

      When seahorses reproduce, it’s the male, not the female, who carries the embryos in a kangaroo-like pouch. Seahorse has become a term for transgender men who carry and give birth to their children. Jeanie Finlay’s documentary Seahorse (2019) follows Freddy McConnell, a transgender man, throughout this process as he becomes a new father.

      Go Fish (1994), an American film written by Guinevere Turner and Rose Troche and directed by Troche, is considered a milestone of lesbian cinema. A low-budge indie shot in black and white, it follows a group of Chicago lesbians in the 1990s. After ten months without sex, Max is desperate to meet women but is unimpressed by her roommate’s suggestion that she date Ely. Ely, already in a long-distance relationship, isn’t initially interested either. Eventually, however, their relationship tentatively blossoms. The film is notable, especially for its time, for not centring around the ‘coming out’ story or ending in tragedy for its lesbian characters. Instead, it simply depicts a group of friends navigating love and daily life together.

      To read more of Fred’s blog post please visit the Out and About: Queering the Museum project website https://outandabout.exeter.ac.uk/2021/04/08/starfish/

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