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fishwatching in the wild
I just returned from a vacation on Prince Edward Island, on the Gulf of
St Lawrence. I've stayed in the same cabin before, and always admired
the lake/pond behind the house. It ends about twenty feet from the ocean
surf, and I admit, it's the ocean that usually gets my attention.
This year, I waded into the pond, and found myself in an outstanding
killifish habitat. Imagine - shallow, crystal clear brackish water with
about twenty feet of visibility from the surface, huge banks of the kind
of hair algae I grow so well in my tanks, and thousands of Fundulus
heroclitus (and three spined stickleback) schooling, sparring and
feeding. It was quite something watching the behavior of these
creatures, especially in the evening when I could sit on the verandah
drinking a beer and watching the killies leap after insects. Clearly,
mother nature had left the glass cover off the pond - wild killies jump
too, prodigiously. It was a treat to watch.
What's my point? If anyone on the list has native species around them,
take the time to seek them out and take a look. They are something to
watch when they have room to move.
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