Scientist Studies Remarkable Menemsha Pond Sea Slug

Scientist Studies Remarkable Menemsha Pond Sea Slug
Elysia chlorotica, Image/Wikipedia

Vineyard Gazette: Menemsha Pond means different things to different people. For some, it’s a place to sail in the summer, for others a place to go scalloping in the fall. For Dr. Sidney (Skip) Pierce, a professor emeritus at the University of South Florida, Menemsha Pond is a place where discovery begins. It is the home of Elysia chlorotica, a type of sea slug with remarkable genetic properties.

Mr. Pierce has been studying this slug for more than 30 years. Elysia chlorotica is small, averaging about an inch and a quarter in length. It has a lifespan of about 11 months and is euryhaline, meaning it is capable of living in a wide range of salinities (a good thing, in the tidal waters of Menemsha Pond).

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