Padilla: New dictums

Obiter Dictum

LONG weekends often bring me to a place where I learn a few useful terms and I am sharing some:

1. Littoral sea -- and I thought it was about how the coastal line is now full of trash or litter like Villar’s dagat-ng-basura. But no, it’s not. The term refers to that part of a sea, lake or river that is close to the shore. “In coastal environments the littoral zone extends from the high water mark, which is rarely inundated, to shoreline areas that are permanently submerged.” A simpler explanation is “the area that is above water at low tide and underwater at high tide (in other words, the area between tide marks). This area can include many different types of habitats, with many types of animals, such as starfish, sea urchins, and numerous species of coral.”

2. Siganid -- the scientific name of danggit. To me danggit had always been that smelly yet delicious bulad but also learned there are two popular species of siganid


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