Title

Room with a View: Wonderful Things

Source

Down East

Date

8-2020

Pages

58

Abstract

Brief essay about the American eel and its life cycle. Discusses the way eels born in the Sargasso Sea are brought to the Gulf of Maine by the Gulf Stream and journey to inland waters, where they mature until it is time to return to the sargassum to spawn. The author notes the impact of pollution, climate change, and other environmental pressures - including the Maine tradition of elver harvesting - on the eels and their various habitats. The author references the coronavirus pandemic, and urges readers to use the "pause" created by pandemic restrictions to rethink the way they relate to the environment.

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