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Fan of Fish

LILY

 

WHAT AM I :  If you look at my picture, yes I am a little vain but I am a beautiful Lionfish.  I am one of 15 different species.(one and only) I am a pretty suttle fish.  I get along with everyone that is not trying to eat me.  I may look pretty but I have fooled a couple fish.  I am nice but can be quiet a threat to others.  I have spines on my back that are very venomous.  I only use them for protection and if threatened. I am not as vicious as our male species.  They seem to be more aggressive than us females.  Especially during mating season.  Which is all year round.  You could say they have permanent attitude.

 

NICKNAMES: Zebra fish, fire fish, turkey fish  dragon fish, scorpion fish and my favorite butterfly-cod. I have other names for which I am classified as but hard for me to even say it.  But here it is Pterois volitans.

 

WHERE I LIVE AND WHY:  I live in the South Pacific Ocean.  I have moved many times to find my perfect home.  I have lived in some lagoons and rocky areas.  I have claimed an area now in the coral reef.  It is beautiful and with the best scenery.  I see many other fish but not too many that look like me.  In my neighborhood the water is warm and the current is gentle.   I have been to many coral reefs and this one is my favorite until I feel like moving on.  The only thing I do not like from migrating is fighting for familiar territory.  I do tend to go to many other places as long as the water is warm and the current is cool.

FRIENDS:  I am a pretty open fish.  I consider everyone my friends especially in the reef area.  As long as they are not bigger than me and eat me I am okay.  Did swim next to a shark once but he almost hit me with his tale.

WHAT I LIKE TO EAT:  I like to eat baby lobsters, wrasses, parrotfish, blennies, shrimp and maybe anything that I can fit in my mouth.  I’ll try anything once.  I am to picky when I am hungry.

 

SEXUAL PREFERENCE:  I am interested in male lionfish.  I prefer not to stray.  What could be better than having babies that look exactly like me.  In my perspective,  as beautiful as I am I am not a one woman  one man type.  I am very promiscuous and prefer to experiment in my life.  I reach my maturity after a year of being born.  I reproduce a lot lol.  I can produce 2 egg sacks every four days.  I have had many children, my egg sacks can have up to 15,000 eggs.

MY INTERESTS:  My interests are not too interesting.  I like to gallivant during the day and hide out at night.  I mostly hang with myself.  I like the solitude.  Well at least till I see a hot male swimming around.  Then my interest may change.  I am pretty protective of my area though.  I have a route I take and I really don’t like anyone in my territory.

WHO THINKS I AM FOOD:  Interests in me not for my friendship would be sharks, groupers, really big eels, frogfish and had a run in with a scorpion fish but that didn’t end up to well.(for him)

For me I think we are all here for a reason whether we are predators or the food.  We are all here doing our own thing for reasons we know not.  Enjoy your life in the water you never know when it may end.     Lily the Lionfish

 

LINKS ALL ABOUT ME AND MY FAMILY:

WWW.PHYS.ORG/NEWS/LIONFISH

WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?/V=GHNLBIEMLMK

WWW.BIOEXPEDITION.COM/LIONFISH

Fan O’ Fish!!

Hello! I’m Barba the Burbot!

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About me:

Common name: Burbot

Scientific Name: Lota lota of the Gadidae family

Also known as: lawyer, loche, eel pout, methy, lush, mud shark and lingcod, although lingcod is taxonomically incorrect. (“Lingcod are in the family Hexagrammidae, whereas burbot are in the Gadidae family.”)

Interesting fact: Burbot originates from the Latin word barba which means beard, which I have!

Interests: Swimming around on river and lake bottom in the cooler temperature. Feeling the ground with my beard like barb and scuttling around in the mud, gravel or silty river bottoms.

General: I enjoy eating a wide variety of insects and fish. I start out life enjoying many zoo-plankton and insects and as a I grow I prey on any smaller fish (whitefish, sculpins, lampreys and smaller burbot) and have been known to eat mice and shrews.

I don’t like to be around larger burbot or pike because they look at me like food, I also try to avoid otters, minks, and a variety of birds. But mostly it’s the human’s fishing lures I need to avoid, y tasty white flesh makes a great dinner.

Marital Status: Open relationship, not looking for anything serious or long term.

Hometown: Any cold freshwater locations in North America, Europe and Asia and southward to about 40 degrees north latitude.

Sexual Orientation: male to female but group activity is required.  

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Body Type: I have a long body with a flat scooped head and flat tummy for skimming the river beds. I have a wide jaw and a single barbell that hangs from my chin. I look like a mix between a lamprey and a catfish. I have multi colored dark spots ranging from olive, brown, black and even yellow. I have two dorsal fins, one short and low and the second much longer. My pectoral fins are fan shaped and my pelvic fins are elongated as is my anal fin and my caudal fin is very round. My scales are very small, almost microscopic, but my teeth are many and sharply slanted inward.

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Children: As a young burbot I began to think about having children when I was about 18 inches long and that was between 5 and 7 years of age. Once of age I waited until late in the winter to go beneath the ice for some super spawning. The females can have hundreds of thousands of eggs in one spawning and can spawn multiple times, but may not always be consistent. The males will create groups of 4 or 5 and entangle with 2 or 3 females for the best spawning chances. The eggs and the milt will then free fall through the water to the bottom where the eggs will float about until hatching.

Occupation: SI’m a free loader and spend my time swimming slowly around in cooler calmer currants browsing for insects and smaller fish to prey upon.

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Sources Cited:

Burbot(Lota lota). State of Alaska. Alaska Department of Fish and Game. 2016. Retrieved from: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=burbot.main

The decline of the ‘disgusting’ burbot. bbc.com. British Broadcasting Corporation.

Hello my name is Big Red “Sockeye”

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Name: Big Red

About me:

Common name: Sockeye Salmon

Scientific name: Oncorhynchus Nerka

Who I’d like to meet:Fish #2

Photo by: David Hall

I would like to meet all these other sockeye in the photo above to party with when it’s time to spawn.

Who and what I would like to avoid:

I would really like to avoid many things before I spawn. Stating the top of the list is people. Yes Humans and their boats with the fishing poles and nets. Another big one I want to avoid is eagles, they tend to try and grab me right out of the water. Bears are also a huge stay away from. They like to chase me down when I’m near shore or swimming up a river. Don’t even get me started on seal, sea lion and killer whales. They swim in the ocean with me and never leave me alone when given the chance. The other thing I like to avoid is fox’s. They like to snatch us up out of rivers also if they are hungry enough.

Friends:

This includes the school of fish I tend to stick with while swimming around waiting to go up river to spawn. Too many friends to name them all sorry.

Interests:

General: I love swimming the West coast line with my school of friends, spending time avoiding my enemy’s and trying to survive. Swimming around eating Zooplankton, small crustaceans and small fish is another one of my favorite things to do. Another big one is swimming back up North to Alaska. This is one of my favorite things to do, well besides trying to avoid the humans and there nets.

Videos: There is a great video of a bunch of my friends getting ready to spawn in in McDonald Lake here in Alaska. The link is right below if you would like to see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVjjjZcmyLY

Books: There are so many books out there about my species and even some that are fiction, but I don’t have a favorite. If you want to read a book about me, you can go to your local library, or even go to Fish and Game and they even have books and information on me.

Fish to look up to: Although I speak highly of myself and my species, the King salmon is the fish I look up to. They get so much bigger than we do and I feel that this may scare some predators away if I was bigger. They also have the word King in their name. Who wouldn’t want that in their name? Makes anyone sound like a dominant species if you ask me. Although I think us sockeye are a much more beautiful color with our greens, blues, and reds.

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Looks like this King salmon is not one I would like to look up to though, seeing how it was caught by this human.

Life so far:

We sockeye salmon are anadromous, living in the ocean but entering fresh water to spawn. We spend one to four years in fresh water and one to three years in the ocean. When it comes to spawning we tend to try and spawn if we are ready during the summer months, between June and July. Even through August we are still roaming around looking for home.

Details:

Dating: Looking for any female that is willing to spawn with me. I don’t have a preference just any one would do.

Hometown: My hometown is really the place I was born, seeing how I will one day return there to spawn myself. But while I am in the ocean I tend to swim up and down the West Coast of the United States, since I am an Alaskan Sockeye. I can also be found over near Asia and on the up end of Alaska as well.Fish #4

Body type: I can measure anywhere from 18 to 31 inches in length and can weigh 4-15 pounds. Well at least after I grow up that is. Us sea going sockeye have iridescent silver flanks, a white belly and a metallic green-blue top, giving us another name to go by, which is “blueback”. As we get ready to spawn we turn brilliant red and our heads get a green coloring to it. This is why we are also called “Red” salmon. We males develop a humped back and a hooked jaw filled with tiny, sharp, visible teeth. It still confuses me why the females even find us attractive in this stage. As juveniles, we have dark, oval par marks on our sides. These par marks are short-less than the diameter of the eye-and rarely extend below the lateral line.

Family: My parents died before I was born, so I don’t know them. When I am ready to spawn I will go up stream and scout an area that looks great for my future children. The females will be right behind us and will let us males know when they are about to lay their eggs by gliding there anal fin to the gravel. The dominant males will breed with the females by us both releasing our gametes or eggs and sperm above the spot the female dug up. I won’t know my kids or my kid’s mother for very long, but I still consider them family none the less.

References:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=sockeyesalmon.main

http://www.marinebio.net/marinescience/05nekton/sarepro.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVjjjZcmyLY

Skittles, the Rainbow Parrotfish

 

Hello, my name is Skittles!

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About me:

Common name: Rainbow Parrotfish

Scientific name: Scarus guacamaia

Who I’d like to meet:

I would like to meet a bunch of lady rainbow parrotfish that will be a part of my harem.

Who I would like to avoid:

Sharks, eels and other large/scary ocean predators. At night I will cover myself in mucus so I don’t have a scent and hide in the coral to avoid these predators.

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<—-These guys will take a chunk outta you.

 

 

 

I would also like to avoid ***careless humans*** who do not care for the world’s coral reefs. The reef and I have a mutualistic relationship which means we both need each other to flourish and survive.  Get yourself educated with the chart below and don’t be a jerk. frame

Friends: Coral Reefs, my one true love. <3

Interests:

General: I enjoy eating algae and coral off of coral reefs which in return helps the reefs.  I spend 90% of my day eating.  I also grind up coral and  small rocks while eating and later excrete it, creating sand. Creating this sand creates a biome in which corals can flourish.  In other words, my poop makes beautiful beach sand.

Music: Reggae

Movies: My favorite movie is Planet Earth.

Television: I do not have a favorite TV show but I enjoy watching Earthjustice. I even stared in one of their episodes, “Coral and Parrotfish-A Love Story”. Check it out!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMcEztHmb1U

Books: The rainbow fish is my favorite book.

Hero: Myself, I am the hero of the world’s coral reefs.  I “keep the coral reefs vibrant and full” according to Pete Mumby, a professor at University of Queensland, Australia.  See what he has to say about me here!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aAfIlRjgk8

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There are about 80 different species of  parrotfish.  Other parrotfish also help preserve coral reefs. Here I am with my buddy Twilight, the Midnight parrotfish taking a lunch break.

 

 

Life so far:

I spent the first portion of my life in the juvenile phase, all parrotfish are born as females.  I have recently changed my sex from female to a terminal male because the recent male died in my harem and I was the largest, most dominant female.  I will live to be 4-5 years old.

 

Details

I’m here for:

Dating: I am looking for female rainbow parrotfish to be a part of my harem and eat algae off of coral with me.

Marital Status: Bachelor

Hometown: Tropical waters, coral reefs. corals

Sexual Orientation: Interested in all of the lady rainbow  parrotfish out there. Don’t be shy.   😉

Body Type: I am a male in my terminal phase.  I was born as a female and became  the dominant female in my harem.  When the previous dominant male died I became the next dominant male.   Before I was a male I was drab in color.  I am now brightly colored.  I also have a beak-like mouth to munch on algae and coral.  I swim by using my pectoral fins to “row” around. If I need to swim faster I use my caudal fin. tumblr_mb0glyrWEN1rw6hhbo1_500

 

Ethnicity: Scarus guacamaia

Religion: I believe in having as many females in my harem that I can breed with as possible.  My reproductive mode is polygamous.

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Children: All of the female fish in my harem have laid hundreds of eggs. However, most of these eggs will not develop into adult rainbow parrotfish.

Education: I am an expert in Coral Reef health and preservation.

rOccupation: Saving one coral reef at a time  by eating the algae off of coral.

Income: High. My job is to eat and I spend 90% of my day doing that (how cool is that?!).

Smoke/Drink: I do not smoke or drink, I’ll stick to algae and coral.

Schools/Education: My classroom is the coral reef.

Get educated(sources)!

http://www.arkive.org/rainbow-parrotfish/scarus-guacamaia/

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/19950/0

https://seaworld.org/en/animal-info/animal-bytes/bony-fish/parrotfish/rainbow-parrotfish

 

 

So, this is Hallie, the Halibut

Common Name: Pacific Halibut

 

Image Credit: Kevin Lee/Divebums.com

Scientific name: Hippoglossus slenolepis

So, this is Hallie!

Don’t let the pic fool you, Hallie is a fierce and confident 25 year old female, who measures about 80 inches long and weighs almost 300 pounds!  Halibut can reach upwards of 500lbs, and can live more than 50 years!

Gender is not always externally obvious in halibut, so the only real way to tell is to examine the inside to look for ovaries or testes.  However, one major difference between male and female halibut, and one that would give Hallie away as a female, is their size.  Female halibut grow much faster, and get much bigger than males, who rarely weigh above 100 pounds!

Halibut enjoy different sexual partners each year, and females reproduce annually after about the age of 11.  Males can reproduce earlier in life, for some at about 8 years old.  Once a female is ready to reproduce, she can lay as many as 4 million eggs a year!

Halibut are top predators, eating essentially anything that gets in their way, and can fit into their mouths.  For a mature halibut, like Hallie, favorites include various finfish, octopus, crabs, clams and even smaller halibut!

Halibut are not, however, at the very top of the food chain.  Their predators include lings, salmon sharks, orcas, sea lions and especially humans!  Halibut is a favorite for humans because of its mild taste, firm texture and its meat’s appealing appearance.

Image Credit: Bleacher Report/Michael Clancy

Hallie likes to hang out near the ocean bottom, preferably above sand, mud or gravel bars.  The tops of their bodies are dark colored, and the underside is white, both of which serve as camouflage and aid in hunting.  Here is a link to a video of beautiful halibut, just like Hallie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty9f5_pxMas

She spawns between November and March typically at a depth of between about 600 to 1500 feet.  The eggs are deposited into deep ocean currents where they drift until they eventually move up and into coastal waters to mature.  During the rest of the year Hallie, and other halibut prefer to be closer to shore, in shallower water.  Halibut migrate in a clockwise motion along the pacific coasts, reaching as far north as Nome, Alaska, as far south as California and as far west as China!

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Image Credit: Wikipedia

Sources:

http://alaska-halibut-fishing-charters.com/halibut_biology.html

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Fish-ID/Sportfish/Flatfishes#pachalibut

 

Image 1: http://www.divebums.com/week/Aug22-2005/index.html

Image 2: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/alaskan-halibut-bigger-guy-caught-pics/

Image 3: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_halibut

 

Hello! My name is Channa argus, but my friends call me the northern Snakehead!

Scientific Name: Channa Argus

Common Name: Northern Snakehead

Origin: Native to parts of Africa and Asia. Was introduced to the United States in 2002 by fisherman and the fish market.

Impacts: Listed as injurious wildlife under federal Lacey Act, which makes it illegal to import, export , or transport between states without a permit. The snakehead fish is an invasive species that competes with native species of Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. if fish is caught in Maryland or Virginia, people are instructed to kill it.

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Trophic Status:  The snakehead is a predator that feeds on other fish species, frogs, and crustacean.

Appearance: It had an elongated body with a wicked snake-like skin pattern ( tan, dark brown and or black).  It has a long dorsal fin, a large mouth with sharp teeth, and can grow 33 inches long. Young snakeheads are golden brown or pale gray.

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Habitats:  The Northern Snakehead enjoys spending time living in ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and other freshwater areas. it likes to spend its vacation time out of the water .  This normally last up to four days if It is kept hydrated/moist. It is able to get away with being out of water because It can breathe air from the atmosphere using an air bladder that is similar to a pair of lungs. This poses a problem because these fish can move to other bodies of water and competing with native species.

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Reproductive Life cycle:  Females can lay more than 15,000 eggs 1 to 5 times per year. Fish spawn in June-July. larvae nest is gaurded by both male and female snakeheads.

Sexual Maturity: 2 years of age.

 

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Movies about Snakehead fish: ” Night of the Snakehead ” ( released in 2004), ” Snakehead Terror” ( released in 2004), and “Swarm of the Snakehead” ( released in 2006)

Sources:

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/snakeheadfactsheetedited.pdf  ( A Must Read)

http://www.fishandboat.com/ais.htm

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/news/2012/snakeheads.html

http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/Snakehead_circ_1251/html/channa_argus.html

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/snakehead.shtml

https://sites.google.com/a/rsu5.org/invasive/message/northern-snakehead-channa-argus

Chums for life!

Name: Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta)

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AKA: dog salmon, keta salmon, calico salmon

Taxonomy:  Kingdom: Animalia   Phylum: Chordata                          Class: Osteichtheyes   Order: Salmoniformes   Family: Salmonidae   Genus: Oncorhyncus   Species: keta

Length: up to 3.6 feet

Weight: up to 45 lbs!!  (typically 8-15 lbs)

Average Lifespan: 4 years  – “Life is short, just go with the flow!”

Friends: I’ve been known to school around with my other salmon buddies:  Chinook (aka “The King”), Sockeye (we call him “Red”),  Pink (“Pinky” or “Humpy”), and Coho (the infamous “Silver”)

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Foes:  Nemesis: The Bear.  Black, brown, whatever… I despise you all.   C’mon man, I’m just trying to get my spawn on!

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Other Archenemies: many marine mammals like seals and sea lions, large birds…why can’t you all just leave me alone!  Oh and let’s not forget humans!   Not all of you of course, but definitely the commercial fishermen and recreational anglers.  What am I to you, just a piece of meat?

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Favorite Foods: insect larvae, copepods, tunicates, mollusks, squid, and a variety of small fishes.

Reproduction:  Semalparous.  One and done.  As an adult (3-4 years old) I travel upstream and spawn one time in my life, before perishing.  Spawn ’til you die!

Appearance:  While at sea, I have a silvery blue-green color.  Upon entering freshwater, my body changes dramatically.  I turn to a dark, olive green color and develop purple, blotchy streaks on my sides.  Males develop a very pronounced hooked snout with enlarged teeth.  Females also develop these “kypes” and enlarged teeth, but usually not as pronounced.

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Where I live:  I have the widest distribution of the Pacific salmon.  I range from Alaska down to the Oregon coast, all the way over to Japan and north into Russia.

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Feeding Behavior: As a juvenile, I feed on things like insect larvae while I migrate towards the sea.  Once I reach the sea, I stay close to shore for awhile and feed on crustaceans, insects, and small fish.  After this I head to the open ocean and feed on copepods, tunicates, mollusks, and fishes.  When I return to freshwater to spawn, I cease feeding altogether.  At this point I use the energy stored in my body tissue to complete my migration and spawn.

My Life History: I am born in a gravel bed in a freshwater stream.  When I hatch, I begin my migration to the sea after a few days or weeks.  I spend the next 3 to 4 years surviving in the open ocean, feeding and growing until I reach maturity.  Once I reach adulthood, I migrate all the way back to the exact same stream where I was born.  Here, I spawn once before my life ends.

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Quotes about me:

“It’s okay to eat fish ’cause they don’t have any feelings.” – Kurt Cobain  (really Kurt?)

COOL VIDEO LINK!!:  http://www.adn.com/video/video-chum-salmon-attacking-gopro-camera

Web Sources:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=ChumSalmon.main

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chum_salmon

http://www.luckysportfishing.com/ocean-fishing

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/fish/chumsalmon.htm

http://www.fishchoice.com/buying-guide/chum-salmon

Big Red

Hello my name is Big Red! Spawning sockeye salmon, Lake Aleknagik, Alaska, USA   

          I am a Sockeye salmon, my scientific name is Oncorhynchus nerka. My nick name is red or blueback salmon. I happen to be the third most abundant of the seven Pacific salmon species. My recitatives the pink and chum salmon are ranked number 1 and 2 above me. I am not the largest of the salmon species but I sure can be large. My average weight is about 8 pounds, but at my heaviest I can weigh 15 pounds. I can even grow up to 3 feet. I can live to be 5 years old. I sure do love the cold water of the Pacific Ocean.

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          When I am a juvenile in fresh water I will have dark, oval parr marks on my sides and usually does not extend below the lateral line. My sides are bright and shiny silver with a blue like colored back while swimming around in the ocean and starting my migration home. As I start my journey in fresh water to return to my spawning grounds I start to turn red, by the time I spawn I am a bright red with a green head.  The pretty color of my red meat comes from the orange krill I eat during my time at sea.Breeding-age males develop a humped back and hooked jaws filled with tiny, visible teeth. Juveniles, while in fresh water, have dark, oval parr marks on their sides. These parr marks are short-less than the diameter of the eye-and rarely extend below the lateral line.

I was born in the beautiful Klutina Lake in south-central Alaska. Klutina_River_nr_GlenallenI have an omnivore diet. I can spend two years eating aquatic insects and plankton in the lake. During my second or third summer I start my journey away from my fresh water habitat to the ocean where I eat “amphipods”, “copepods”, squid, and some smaller fish. Between 3 years of age and 5 years of age I will leave my salt water habitat to return home and to spawn. I will make a redd (nest) when I am ready to lay my eggs. It does not matter to me which male fertilizes my eggs. There will be many fighting to do so, once one is successful in fertilizing my eggs I will cover them with some grave. I will repeat this process three to five times. After I have spawned my life will have completed its cycle and I will die. My carcass will provide nutrients to the river and food for new born fish.

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One of my biggest enemies are humans. They eat me as small as an egg and as big as an adult male or female. Humans catch us in nests, baskets, and hooks as we are returning to our spawning ground. They will cut us open to eat our roe and fillet our meat. They are also the cause of our natural habitat lose, due to the building of things like dams. Another enemy of ours is the bears and the eagles. The bears and eagles love to wait for us at the sallow and narrow parts of the rivers as we are swimming home to spawn. While at sea I do have to deal with large marine mammals. The normal issues of having a larger predator than me.

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My favorite comic strip is “Tundra”. There has been several books published with nothing but these amazingly funny comics in them.

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My heroes are the small human fishermen/women. If I am going to be caught before my time is up I would like it to be by one of these little cuties.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=sockeyesalmon.main

http://www.idahoforests.org/salmonpn02.htm

http://tedmuller.us/Outdoor/AmericaTheBeautiful/AK/Klutina_River_nr_Glenallen.jpg

Fan o Fish, Cutty

Hello, my name is Cutty

That’s me on the up top and my Alaska home range below.

 

Common name: Coastal Cutthroat Trout

Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus clarkia

Other Nicknames: Blue Back, Harvest Trout, Sea Trout

Interested in: Any lady cutthroat trout that would like to meet upstream in some of the gravel beds of the smaller clearer streams around, I will be there around April till the start of June. I am also willing to meet up with a good looking Rainbow trout if you’re around.

Not interested in (Predators): Fish, seals, otters, birds, humans.

**Note to Humans: Please let me go if you catch me, keep some of those Dollies or Pink salmon if you need to eat, Thanks!***

 

Family: (Salmonidae) I have many closely related cousins as well, who are also known as cutthroat trout. They live in the Rockies and the Great Basin. Some of their names are the Greenback, Yellowstone, Paiute, and Whitehorse among others.

Interests

Spending the winter in deep lakes full of food.

Snacking on Salmon fry and eggs, insects, and pretty much what ever meat I can get my mouth on.

Fighting hard against those fishermen that come into the streams after me.

Breeding once I turned 3, and every year or so afterwards.

After I turn 3 or 4 I like going out to the ocean every once in a while, but not too far or I may get eaten.

I now realize how hard it is to go to the sea and back and make it to spawning grounds on time. I only saw about 40% of the guys at the spawning grounds from last year. I think the next time I go (third time) will probably be my last time going up there. Hopefully none of those guys will fool me again with fake yummy looking fish just to bring out me of the water, take a picture of me and put me back in.

Details

Age: 5 years old. Not even at midlife yet hopefully, we can sometimes live longer than     12 years.

Marital Status: Single and ready to mingle

Hometown: Peterson Creek, in some of that real slow murky water up there is where I hung out as a Juvenile.

Sexual Orientation: Straight. We both look very similar though. But, you can tell when she is full of eggs.

Body Type: Slender, with just the right amount of meat.

Defining Marks/coloration: Red slashes under the jaw. Some of my cousins have a yellow slash. Do not confuse me with a Rainbow even though sometimes we might comingle.

Ethnicity: Coastal

Religion: Carnivorous

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Children: Hopefully many, I have spawned twice so far!

Education: 11 months in the Pacific.

Occupation: Philosopher. Conservationist.

Income: Not as much as those guys wearing all that Orvis gear.

Smoke/Drink: Salmon/ Tricaine Methanesulfonate, preferably nice cold clean water

 

 

Hi my name is Claude.

I am an Astacidea. We can be found on every continent except Africa and Antarctica. You might have heard them call me Crayfish in the north or Crawdad in the central region. But I am from New Orleans in the south where they call me Crawfish. Some of my female friends call me ClawDADDY!

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I love it down here in NOLA (that’s short for New Orleans Louisiana). I love the Zydeco music and the jazz on every corner. I am quiet Famous around these areas. So famous the KING (ELVIS) himself sang a song about me. Check it out

 I have been a few movies and even stared in a Horror film. Also Nike made me my own shoes.

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I could Brag all day but let me tell you where I came from. I started out in a small rice pond in south Louisiana where my mother gave birth to me. That’s my mom! Do you see me? (I am the good-looking egg on the left). I had a lot of brothers and sisters!!

 

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This is me a few weeks older (still looking handsome)

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Our life span is not very long. We can live up to 8 years but not a lot of us make it to that ripe old age. The average is about three years. We grow very rapidly to reach adult size in 3-4 months. We either mate and start the process over again, or we will die.lifecycleofacrawfish

We do most of our eating at night. We will almost eat anything even dead animals. We crawl and live on the bottom of areas .We also also need fresh water like ponds, rivers, lakes, and streams. We dig burrows in the mud for homes and also hide under rocks, logs, and lily pads.

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We have a body of a crustacean, such as a crab, lobster, or prawn, which is made up of twenty body segments grouped into two main body parts. We are a fast and tough animal and behave in many different ways like when I sense movement or danger; I raise my pincers and arch my back.  I can also curl my tail under and shoot backwards in the water.  The females also curl its tail to protect her eggs.  I can also defend my home by pinching intruders to show who’s the boss. crayfish_exrternal_with_labels

 

 

 

 

We like to be eating by fish, snakes, birds and a lot of other predators. But if I must say Humans eat us in the Best Way! You throw huge Festivals in our honor. And even dress like us!!

 

 

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I do loose a lot of relatives on these days!! But you do love a lot of us.

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I will have to leave you now I am late for a festival where I am being honored as the King of the festival!! I hope they are going to have food there I am hungry!

Oh before I leave there is a famous saying we say down here that I would like to pass on to you. It is   “Laissez les bon temps roulez”

which means: “Let the Good Times Roll”

And remember!

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