A colony of garden eels often looks at first like sea grass swaying in the current—until you get closer. As you approach, you might get a glimpse of the big googly-like eyes on either side of their pencil-thin bodies before they disappear into the safety of their burrow. Though social animals, each eel remains rooted to the burrow its muscular tail carved out of the sand. Glands in their skin secrete a mucus that fortifies the sand around their burrow and seals the entrance when they dart in to avoid danger.
Our Science and the Sea initiative began in July of 2005 as a monthly column in Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine. A year later, it expanded into a radio program, podcast, and website. In February 2022, we published our 200th magazine article! Special thanks to Tara Haelle, who has written most of our stories over the past decade and to Heather Herrick, who coordinated production.
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