To help the public remember them more easily, many businesses turn their phone numbers into words using a letter found on the dial or button that corresponds with each numeral in their phone number. Below are clues and fictitious telephone numbers that would correspond to a plant or animal in the Bay or its watershed. Use the telephone buttons to the right to help figure out what creature or plant is spelled out by these phone numbers. Example: Stocky sea ducks......726-8376 = scoters.

1. Mighty tasty mollusks......................................... 697-8377

2. Marsh mammal.................................................... 687-5728

3. Waterfowl, not SAV........................................... 944-3667

4. SAV, not waterfowl............................................ 943-4366

5. Actually, it’s alga.................................... 732-9333

6. It’s clear, it’s an estuary fish......................262-4689

7. Walks on water.................................................. 787-4337

8. They are always at home.................................. 887-8537

9. Treetop tenor.......................................................927-2537

10. Purr-fectly spiked specimen..............................228-8245

11 “Fish flight” courtships.....................................677-7397

12. Rare meowing waterfowl....................................733-4323

13. Zooplankton aplenty...........................................267-3763

14. Wicked water weed.............................................645-3645

15. Sick spouse..........................................................253-9433

16. Common quacker..................................................625-5273

17. Carrion cleaner-upper.........................................885-8873

18. Melodious marsh muncher...................................274-2538

19. Lea or sea stingers..............................................638-8537

20. Big & bald in the bog .................................397-7377

Answers

1. oysters 2. muskrat 3. wigeons 4. widgeon 5. seaweed 6. anchovy 7. strider 8. turtles 9. warbler 10. cattail 11. ospreys 12. redhead 13. copepod 14. milfoil 15. alewife 16. mallard 17. vulture 18. cricket 19. nettles 20. cypress