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Haiku number 2

eadly ~ vulnerability

Dead slug in salt water
Leaves that crawl* swim swiflty
Oxpecker stands guard"

Dead slug in salt water

(Salt kills the garden slugs)

Leaves that crawl* swim swiflty
*Leaves that crawl aka sea slugs

(sea slugs can swim in saltwater and they are called leaves that crawl
because in order to protect themselves because they are "naked" they create a "symbiotic relationship" with algae, some argue that it should be called kleptoplasty* because it is not a consentual symbiosis and the algae is "stolen"

The sea slugs assimilate the photosynthetic organelles in the algae they eat, causing their bodies to turn bright green and in that way trick other animals that could kill them - eat them to believe that they are "just" algae)

Oxpecker stands guard

This relationship is different, it is called mutualism. Mutualism is the way two organisms of different species exist in a relationship in which each individual benefits. Oxpeckers feed exclusively on the backs of large mammals(for example they eat ticks)

"Kleptoplasty or kleptoplastidy is a symbiotic phenomenon whereby plastids, (notably chloroplasts), from algae are sequestered by host organisms. (Kleptes is Greek for thief.)" Wikipedia

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Written on 2014-02-12 at 23:30

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Chaucer Whethers The PoetBay support member heart!
I like it. A scientific haiku about the exquisite balance of Nature.