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13 September 2007

Something fishy here

This first picture is from Wall Springs. I'm sure I'll have more pics from there later. It's an awesomely beautiful park with a really interesting history.

The next 3 fishy pics are from Anclote Gulf Park in Pasco County.

I was aiming the camera at some mangroves and heard a splash right at the edge of the water. When I looked to see what it was, I saw a school of needlefish. One had grabbed something and was gulping it down. These guys are so cool! They came so close to the edge, I almost expected them to swim right out onto the shore.

I didn't forget the tiger pics. No really great takes, so these will have to do. They were, of course, every bit as adorable as we expected. I'm going to do my best to get back down there when it cools off and try for some better shots of the two of them rough-housing.

Don't forget, you can click on any pic for a larger view.


Peggy said...

Nice photos! I've never seen fish like that--they are aptly named. And of course the tiger is adorable. I like the last one where he looks like he is about to nap.

Cathy S. said...

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Meems said...

i will definitely have to go to the zoo to see those cute cubs. the needlefish are interesting too. thanks for sharing all your adventures.

SophieMae said...

Peggy, I've always been kinda fond of needlefish. We'd often see some of their bigger gar cousins down in S FL.

Cathy, watch God work in your life and bless you with an agent and a publisher in record time! I'm looking forward to reading your blog again!

Meems, the cubs were worth the trip, but you were sure right about waiting for cooler weather. WHEW!

Anonymous said...

The Wife always reminds me that those needlefish are delicious fried and served with ice cold beer. That's how they do it in Brazil.

SwampAngel65 said...

Those cubs are adorable. Baby anythings are adorable, but those guys are really cute. I could probably watch them for hours...

SophieMae said...

T-fish, I've always wondered how they'd be on a plate. Agulhas fritas, I presume. I'm pretty sure the Japanese eat them, as well.

SwampAngel, I spent way too much time watching those 2. DS gave up and went on without me for a while. LOL!

Floridacracker said...

Your top fish look like Gulf Killifish ... a superior flounder bait.

As for the needley guys, Dr. Bob Shipp's Guide To The Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico mentions the good flavor of the needlefish too.

Pretty clever to get clear fish pics without getting wet.

SophieMae said...

FC, you're probably right. You're way fishier than I. To me, the tails - and something else I can't quite put my finger on - don't look right. Then again, my fish are in water and the pics I Googled were mostly dry-docked. That gorgeously clear Gulf water was a big help in getting those shots. Technically, I did get my feet wet a few minutes before these pics. The water just covering the bottom step was irresistible. 8-]

Steve said...

Nice fish pictures, Sophie. I like the cat, too.

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