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The Specimen Collector

By Muriel Hendrix

Imagine three boys, one girl, ages three through 11, wearing old clothes and boots and carrying buckets. They trudge with their father across a mudflat, digging lugworms that may end up in a university lab for dissection or be studied as part of a collection of specimens from a mudflat. The children struggle to lift one boot from the sucking mud, then the other, then sink again. Suddenly, the three-year-old falls forward, right out of his boots, face into the mud.

Published by Island Institute's Working Waterfront