Lined Seahorse (Sweet Square #10)

Illustration of lined seahorse found in Lafayette River, Norfolk, VA
© 2012 Sylvia Liu
Today, I started the day with good news from the local paper: scientists recently found an unusual creature in the Lafayette River in Norfolk, Virginia: the lined seahorse. It's good news because these seahorses like clean water, which shows that the multi-year restoration project to make the river, which suffers from high bacteria levels and algae blooms, fishable and swimmable by 2014 may be making progress. (A 1979 paper described the river as "a shallow, turbid, urban estuary, polluted with primary treated sewage").

(This Sweet Square is part of my continuing explorations with watercolor).

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