We asked on Facebook: What is your favorite sea creature — real or mythical — and why?
Mermaids and sirens, because who among us hasn’t wanted to pretend they’re a mermaid? Colorful, shiny fins, great beach hair every day, being admired by the two-legged common folk … Sign me up.
Mermaids, of course. Because they are gorgeous, can breathe under water and have magical healing powers!
Mermaids. Because they’re awesome!
Elizabeth Warren Theut
I’m for mermen, too.
Mermen, they protect the underworld.
Narwhal! It’s a mermaid’s unicorn!
The Kemp’s ridley turtle, which is native to Texas! Especially the Kemp’s ridley turtles that came up in Surfside Beach Texas last summer to lay their eggs! We even got to see the babies hatch!
While scuba diving at The Flower Gardens years ago, a huge manta ray swam up to me. I climbed on his back and he took me for a ride, returning me to the anchor line and my scuba buddy. What an adventure. He glided through the water like a ballerina.
Seahorses and sea dragons. They’re beautiful and the men carry the babies.
Seahorse, he has the kids.
Seahorses and sand dollars — especially sand dollars! I have the best memories, from even when I was tiny, looking for them at low tide.
Sherry Kelley Ehrich
Whales. The silent keepers of the sea.
Moby Dick, because he’s a whale who fights back!
Moby Dick, because he’s the star of one of the greatest morality sagas ever written.
Dolphins. They just seem to make everyone excited and happy. Especially children. Their eyes get big and their faces light up like they’ve seen something magical.
Alice C. Jensen
Dolphins. My daughter wanted to be an oceanographer before she died at 14. One of the stranded dolphins is named after my son Cole. Lana was able to see it at the stranded dolphin network in Galveston.
Brenda Bumpas Johnstone
I had the biggest crush on Aquaman when I was a child. As an adult, I would have to say seals; there is something in their eyes that resonates with me.
I’m a little obsessed with the Loch Ness Monster.
Elise Ott Worthen
I, being Celt, with Scots and Irish lineage, tend to favor Our Lady of the Loch, Nessie. But mermaids are lovely, too.
Nautilus. Beautiful inside and out.
Starfish. The belief of good luck if you find one. So many great poems about the starfish.
Stingrays, because they act like cats when they want to rub against you.
I guess if I have to choose only one, I would say the parrotfish. In 1979, the very first time I ever saw one, I was diving off of Cozumel on Palancar Reef. The sun shined deep into the water and the parrotfish was eating off the beautiful coral. Its colors of blue and teal just sparkled in the sunshine. I thought it was the most majestic fish I had ever seen. That is my favorite fish.
Linda Cobb Huoni
Not my favorite by any means, but the beauty of the jellyfish is amazing!
Kim Smith Mytelka