After the marine science field trip last week, we returned with a few representatives of what we had captured out at Cedar Key.
I had set up a large (50 gallon) aquarium just for this purpose and it has been a constant classroom distractor since we added the critters.
( I know I should pay more attention to my students, but this aquarium full of sea life distracts the hell out of me ... at least the kids are working.)
I took these shots yesterday after school to share with you.
(Yes, Dani and Doug, I know these are not hairstreaks ...)
The star of these photos is the searobin lying on the bottom in the top photo. He's being eyed by a file fish who feels it is his duty to test everything for edibility by nipping at it. The pinfish in the background has pretty much the same philosophy.
Searobins are neat little fish that creep around the bottom on clawlike fin rays. A pair of large pectoral fins add to the avian aspect, hence the name Sea Robin. Any small invertebrate or fish that swims near the searobin gets slurped up into what amounts to a pretty large mouth for such a small body.
Wikipedia says they have firm delicate flesh ... who doesn't?
I never considered eating one partly because they are usually a small fish around here ... plus they have a certain cute factor that protects them like the Enterprise's shields ... at least from me.
The googly-eyed blur in the foreground is a puffer fish who just had to check out the camera lens.
Puffers are a very endearing fish and deserve their own pesca post.
Don't let me fuguet to do that.