THE SQUAT STOOP

Times of the Islands - - Nature’s Notebook -

While most stroll, shuf­fle, walk and some­times jog or even run in their en­er­getic ex­plo­ration, this dis­tinc­tive stooper plants him­self and lets the shells come to her.

Tar­get­ing a spot near a tidal pool or lap­ping waves, she will squat and be­gin scan­ning and sift­ing with the goal of find­ing a per­fectly pre­cise spec­i­men.

Rather than ex­pend en­ergy mov­ing about, she in­vests her vigor into ex­am­in­ing shells within her im­me­di­ate vicin­ity. And don’t cramp her space. There’s a rea­son she chooses her squat­ting spot. And it’s all hers.

This gal is se­ri­ous. She is also of­ten equipped with a sci­en­tific guide for ref­er­ence when she un­cov­ers rare and un­usual species. This breed is typ­i­cally an en­cy­clo­pe­dia of shell knowl­edge and is en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious.

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