Evie’s Fish

After the whole rabbit debacle, Evelyn has set her sights a little lower. Meet the new family pet, Perry the betta fish:

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Evelyn paid for everything in the picture, from Perry himself, to the tank, heater, and little blue stones at the bottom. She feeds him twice a day, and she already has plans on how to improve his cage.

I have to say, that Perry does seem pretty happy. I’m used to seeing betta fish just kind of listlessly lying about on the bottom of teeny tiny, empty glass bowls. Perry swims around like crazy in his big tank, and honestly seems as happy as a betta fish could ever be.

We had a fish tank when I was little, and I do feel a sense of nostalgia about the whole thing. I remember going to 33 Aquarium and rifling through all the little aquarium accouterments, saving up to buy silk plants and treasure chests that opened and closed. We had a little house with a wheel that would spin around from air. I remember the way 33 Aquarium sounded, and the way it smelled. I remember cleaning the fish tank, and various fish that we bought over the years.

Anyway, hopefully Perry will bring Evelyn as many memories as our fish tank brought me (and also hopefully kill any desire for any more new pets!)

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Nature, isn’t it precious?

We just can’t stop getting enough horrific nature around here. One thing after another. Listen, why is it that every time we discover a new fish or insect or whatever, it is frightening? Why aren’t things evolving in the direction of cuteness? Well, that’s not the world we live in folks.

Let’s talk about fish.

Longhead Dreamer Anglerfish

Iceland Catshark

Football Fish

Portuguese Dogfish

Double Baited Anglerfish

Why are all these fish being discovered? It turns out, our old pal global warming causing these things to move into new territory, where they are not normally located. So now they’re coming into places where they have contact with humans. Where will they turn up next? Your back yard POOL?

As long as we’re on the topic of this, I saw this one a while ago:

Blob Fish

Turns out that beautiful mug is almost extinct. That’d be a shame, wouldn’t it?

Another crazy fish would be the Snakehead fish:

Snakehead Terror

Of course, anybody (like myself) who has seen Snakehead Terror, would not be surprised about this menace. This little thing can actually walk on land and, “may even climb trees”. That’s right, it not only eats you in the water, it can actually come on land to get you.

So finally, let me close with a new type of nose leach, with teeth 5 times larger than other leaches. I don’t have a good picture of this thing, but it is indeed a parasite which uses it’s giant teeth to attach to the inside of your nose. Don’t worry though, the article is quick to point out that its genitalia aren’t a lot bigger than a red blood cell. So take that, nose leach! I will certainly be gloating over that while you are eating my nose from the inside out.

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