Seeing as it is school holidays back home, I thought I'd better blog. I haven't done much lately on this side except sit in a lot of airports waiting! So instead of me sending you pics of the airports and me asleep, I thought I'd tell you a story or two about the animals that you may come across at your aquarium.
This same sort of thing has most likely happened at other aquariums so feel free to let me know (by commenting at the end of this blog) if you've had the same response from the public or if you were the public member who thought/said this. (Don't feel embarrassed, nothing is a stupid question or comment.)
- They're fascinating eel lookalikes that produce (make) a slime that earned them the Afrikaans name of "Snotvis" ("vis" means fish and I'm sure you can figure the rest out :))
- They eat all sorts of marine animals...dead or alive... and when they do, they make pigs of themselves by burying their faces deep into the carcass/body, forming a tunnel.
- They can tie themselves into knots to get out of sticky situations.
- They don't have any bones!! Their skulls are made of cartilage.
- They sit very still and don't do very much unless there is food. This is why many aquarium visitors think that the hagfish are dead when they get to the exhibit. They mostly lie motionless on the bottom of the exhibit...not overly exciting, but cool animals if you know what they can do!
|Green sea turtle. Photo: Alexander Vasenin|
These are just two examples of what people think they see and what's actually happening. There are so many stories like this, but if the public don't ask, then how will they know?! Next time you're visiting your local aquarium, don't be shy, ASK!!! We'd rather have a concerned person asking about an animal than visitors who don't care and just walk by. You never know, maybe there IS something wrong. Fish jump, fight, eat each other and do some strange things, so your observations (what you see) may just help us to look after our animals.
Have a great week Sea Fans and those of you that are in South Africa: enjoy the school holidays and visiting your aquarium!