A Note on Disparate Genomes

Dear Ms. Alighieri, I've just read and re-read your harrowing account a dozen times. A curious case, undoubtedly. The nature of certain creatures, what draws them to one another, has always vexed me. The reptilian, avian gargoyle and the vicious, aquatic mermaid. What would draw these environmentally-disparate creatures so close together? The biology alone befuddles... Continue Reading →

Not What We Expected: The Mermaid Nest

"Dr. Caulfield:  As much as I wish I could send better news, things did not go well yesterday. Iz is alive, but barely. I've been sitting in the Hôtel-Dieu all night, waiting for him to come out of surgery. No one else from the Wailin' Camilla made it out of the nest alive."

Mermaid

"Like many seafaring mammals, mermaids tend to swim in pods, but it is not unusual to see them alone for extended periods of time. Although they always return to the nest when injured, after feeding, and to raise their young, mermaids tend to be very insular creatures, and enjoy time apart from their sisters."

In Response to Iz’s Mermaid Problem

Dr. Caulfield: Thank you for forwarding your friend's letter to me. Considering it was handwritten, I'm assuming that by now both Iz and the mermaid--or possibly siren--have reached Paris; however, I have to say, it's unlikely that there would be a nest here. The Seine empties into Le Havre, but its source is inland--between Montbard... Continue Reading →

A Horror of the Life Aquatic

Ms. Alighieri, I recently received correspondence from a colleague who is currently abroad. His missive depicts a horrific scene, but one that falls outside of my typical purview. I am providing you with a transcription of his letter, rather than subjugating you to his original, scrawling handwriting. No need to thank me. Dr. Matthew T.... Continue Reading →

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