feather-duster-worm

Nature is better than you.

Now, although I take that statement to be self evident*, I have a very specific and small point in mind that I’d like to elaborate on. Y’know how buying flowers and putting them in a vase is stupid because you get a temporarily pretty scene only to end up a week later with dead garbage on display in your house?** Well the Feather-duster worm has a built in vase that it lives in and comes in and out of as it pleases to filter-feed using its feather like combs, and it doesn’t die in a week, because it’s alive and not chopped up and put on someones table for purely selfish reasons. The feather duster’s vases (tubes) are made up of bits of sand and shells, and some even secrete calcium carbonate as a building material. What they don’t do is fill those vases halfway with water and then let it stagnate until it turns brown and smelly because there has been dead plant garbage sitting in it for weeks. No, they don’t do that because they are already under water and they are alive and fine outside, where nature belongs.

Now some of you are bound to say, what about potted plants? They are alive and can be kept fresh for long periods of time indoors. Fine, be that way if you must, but my take on the entirety of the human endeavor thus far can be summed up as ‘trying to get away from dirt as efficiently as possible’. But no please, disregard history and drag sacks of outside inside. And then water it, because the only thing better than dirt in the living room is mud.

In summation, the Feather duster worm is pretty cool and nature is way better than you will ever be. And they make really nice looking fake flowers nowadays.

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-The Feather Duster Worm, Sabellidae, is the 4th of Maki’s Phylo Coral Reef card set illustrations, and the rest can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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*I would be greatly entertained to see someone try to argue that they’re better than nature. The more belligerent the better.
**And let’s face it the dead garbage flowers sit in the vases way longer than they were lively and fresh looking.