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O say can you sea cucumbers in the Bay?

There are two species of sea cucumbers in the Chesapeake — the hairy sea cucumber (Sclerodactyla briareus) and the pale sea cucumber (Cucumaria pulcherrima) — but they may be hard to spot. Let’s see how well you do in a quiz about these curious sea creatures.

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Superlative soup surprise

First, fastest, smallest, tallest. Look at this diverse collection of pairs, then choose what you think is the right answer. Even if you are correct, the answer may still surprise you. Detailed answers — including fun facts —...

Heroes are at the heart of these memorials

November 11 is Veterans Day, which honors Americans who have served in the U.S. military. The National Park Service operates four sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that honor those who served in specific wars: the African American Civil...

Connect the bones

Make no bones about it, the shape, size and weight of a bone or bone-like structure are designed for each animal’s needs. Here is a list of bones and descriptions of the bone(s) structure. Can you match them up? Answers are below....

Name that state (or district)!

Almost every one of us has a nickname. The watershed’s states and district have had many nicknames over time. Can you match the nicknames with their jurisdictions? Only an expert in “onomastics” (the study of proper names)...

Keep current on lightning!

Time for a brainstorm. Take this quiz to enlighten yourself about lightning. 1. Which is the study of lightning? A. Astralogy B. Brontology C. Fulminology D. Nimbusvoltology 2. Who is seven times more likely to be struck by...

Is it a lake? That de-ponds...

Is it a large pond or a small lake? Believe it or not, there is no “official” definition of a pond. While many use size as criteria — large = lake, small=pond — remember that the Atlantic Ocean is sometimes referred...

Chill out this winter – but not too much!

Hypothermia isn’t cool! If your body loses heat faster than it can produce it for a prolonged period, vital organs and the nervous system start to malfunction. If symptoms are allowed to go too far, death will result. Here is a quiz...

Winter Waterfowl!

This issue’s Bay Journeys insert contains an article about the best places to go birding in the Chesapeake region, even in the winter. This combined Chesapeake Challenge/Bay Buddies quiz contains the photos of five ducks that you...

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