And now for something completely different. . .

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For a biologist, the greatest privilege is the discovery of a new species, a newly identified unique breeding population never recognized before.

And it’‘s a sheer delight that that honor was accorded Josefin Stiller, a uniquely buoyant marine ecology doctoral student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

She has the same infectious joy we encountered in conversation with Carl Sagan and Louis S. B. Leakey, a recognition that they were doing precisely what they wanted to and were actually getting away with it, that they’ve found a niche in life where work and play are one and the same.

What Stiller discovered was the Ruby Seadragon [AKA Phyllopteryx dewysea], a colorful new species in a remarkably ornate genus:

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By why write more when we can let Stiller tell you the story herself, a story she imparts with a delightful sense of pure joy and an…

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