- Fish Grows New Tail February 25, 2012
Bonaire – I needed video of schools of fish to illustrate a teaching point for a REEF fish identification class so we headed to a site with known schools of Smallmouth Grunts, Haemulon chrysargyreum. The grunts normally drift sedately in small schools but today there seemed to be a troublemaker in the group. Every time I approached, one fish would panic and send the whole school fleeing. When I looked up from my viewfinder, I realized the culprit was a poor fish with an injured tail. It appeared to be growing a new one – something I have seen in small aquarium fish, but never in the wild! It finally decided I was no threat and settled down enough for me to get a little video that you can watch by clicking here: Grunt regenerating tail.
- N.E.D. Certification February 25, 2012
From the Sort of Diver Archives: The N.E.D. (Non-Educated Diver) Certification, circa 1988. If you want to read the details, click on the image to upload a bigger copy. To read more about Sort of Diver, A Scuba Diving Lampoon, check out my earlier post, Humann Turns Fishh.
- Ghosts of Indonesia March 14, 2012
From the Archives: Anyone who has attended one of Ned’s talks about Indonesia has heard the tale of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is today considered one of the most renowned field biologists of all time and the father of biogeography. In 1858, after weathering a bout of malaria while on Ternate, he wrote, “On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type.” Wallace’s story and the chain of events set into place by his paper are chronicled in our Summer 2001 Ocean Realm article, “Ghosts of Indonesia” which is scanned in here, if you want to read it. A visit to Ternate has been high on our list ever since we started traveling to Indonesia over twelve years ago and we finally made it in 2009. As our liveaboard dive boat passed the island, we all rushed up to the bow to get a photo of Ned, proudly posing with Wallace’s book, The Malay Archipelago, as Ternate’s volcano, Mt. Gamalama, steamed in the background.