By C.J. Hirschfield
During a lunch break last week, I had the opportunity to view, up close, the gonads of a flatworm. How could I pass that up?
When I was young, I dreamed of being a naturalist. So when the California Center for Natural History sent an e-mail describing a “Pop-Up Aquarium” within walking distance of Fairyland, I jumped at the opportunity.
Here was their pitch:
“Come see all of the wonderful critters that call the waters of Lake Merritt home. During the summer months Oakland’s jewel blooms with all sorts of exciting marine organisms ranging from bat rays to shrimp!”