Ragtag Tuesday: Pulse

Pulse.  Pulse.  William and I were drawn towards this tank in the Horniman Museum’s Aquarium. 

Diaphanous sugar-pink wraiths trailing long floating tendrils pulsated gently round their royal blue tank: hypnotic: mesmerising.  They neither paused nor hurried.  They simply oscillated, surged, ebbed, flowed.  These ethereal creatures didn’t merit their prosaic name of Black Star Northern Sea Nettle.  Who dreamed that one up?

When we finally left them to it, we discovered we hadn’t finished with pulsing creatures.  Here was a Blue Spotted Ribbon-Tail Ray.  He gently wove round the tank, his flat body slowly rippling to the rhythm of his inner pulse.

William helpfully points out the Blue-spotted Ribbon Tail Ray.

Then there were the frogs.  Look at these two Amazon Milk Frogs.  They had nothing to do but regard us without interest, as their chests swelled and deflated  – pulse, pulse.

Two Amazon Milk Frogs, so called from the sticky white substance they secrete through their skin when threatened.

‘Pulse’ is Tuesday’s Ragtag Challenge.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

18 thoughts on “Ragtag Tuesday: Pulse”

  1. You are just as inventive on a Tuesday as you were on a Saturday, and the change from Snapshot Saturdays to Ragtag Tuesdays has been seamless. Lovely piece!

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  2. Ah yes, yes – such fabulous photos of the jellyfish. I have used fish before in some of my early work, but I can see I need to get to an aquarium and get some pictures of jellyfish. Really lovely Margaret, inspirational for me. Ta 😁

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    1. A compliment indeed! Thanks. I imagine you know the Horniman? It now has a new butterfly house, and what with that, the Aquarium, its anthropological collections, its gardens…… and so on …. it could keep you inspired for years.

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