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Field Notes: Bermuda Holly

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the January 1952 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally.  Although the Bermuda Holly is now regarded as a naturalized plant it is a native of the south-eastern United States. It is recorded that the plant was introduced to these Islands in the eighteenth century from Virginia. The botanical name is Ilex Vomitoria. In some part of the central parishes, this Holly has covered…


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Bermuda Beasts: Sea Cucumber

Sometimes referred to as a sea pudding, these marine animals have more to them than meets the eye: here are 7 facts about them you probably don't already know.  1. Sea cucumbers are crucial to the marine food web. They…


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Field Notes: Monstera Deliciosa

Written by Gordon R. Groves in February 1952 The botanical name of a plant is never readily accepted by the average person, but for want of a better term, the botanical name is frequently used in this case. Various other…


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7 Times Spittal Pond Shocked Bermudians

Spittal Pond has hosted its fair share of surprises over the years. Bermudians have been shocked by ecological, historical, and even visual events that keep Spittal Pond always in the hearts and minds of locals. Photo courtesy of Ashley Monster…


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Bermuda Beasts: Remoras or Sucker Sharks

Have you ever been snorkeling or diving and suddenly found yourself with an uninvited guest stuck to your flipper? Sucker sharks, notorious for hitching a ride, may be some of the laziest creatures in the ocean. 1. Remoras adhere to…

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Coral Reef 101: What to Know About Our Underwater Ecosystem

The coral reef is all around us: It serves as a water break so that our island isn’t pummelled with the full force of ocean waves. What’s more, it creates an enchanting underwater landscape that you can experience by snorkelling…