This week the string bean’s bigger than ever. Not only has it continued growing but has always been bigger than we realized. Amanda and I had failed to notice that the measurements in our weekly update reference guide* were from crown to rump (not head to toe as we assumed). So excluding its legs, it now measures between 5 ¼” to 6” – still more jockey sized than basketball player.
The deep-sea explorer is also secreting vernix caseosa (a thick, white greasy substance) from its glands. This will coat its body and keep it from getting prune-y during the rest of its underwater adventure.