senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)
Sent by a coworker - these are a bunch of spear fishermen who happened across a swordfish off Monterey, right in the kelp! i.e. 40' of water.

Swordfish are normally found in open, very deep water. It'd be pretty crazy to see one while you're snorkeling.

You might want to turn speakers down - I haven't actually listened but I guess there's some cussin'. The fish shows up at the very end.

senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
Hope everyone had a Happy 4th (here in the States, that is). Pretty par for the course here. Parade, fireworks. We thought about going to Anime Expo on Sunday, but at least one fry decided they didn't want to go, [ profile] runsamuck pouted about possibly staying home from his friend Jerry's (they have a standing Sunday video game playdate), and most importantly, I neglected to buy tickets ahead of time, not to mention Angus is no longer in the child ticket range, and definitely won't pass for twelve anymore (I think he's as tall as me now, and starting to get acne and a peach fuzz mustache. Pretty sure he's outgrown the Sesshomaru costume I made for him few years ago). It would have been $170 at the door just to get in for one day, which I really can't justify right now. Maybe a smaller convention later, if we can find one nearby. Angus likes to remind me, "I kept telling you!" Yes, dear...

Also, on Saturday up there, there was a bomb scare, but people seem to be less freaked out by hordes of costumed fans descending on downtown Los Angeles. Although I find it a little odd that these articles were all in the OC Register, and I didn't come across any from the LA Times. Oh well.

Aquarium... )

7/4/2011 )
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)
Good grief, June is almost over. How did it fly by so fast?

The second week of June I had to go to a PFMC meeting in Spokane, WA. If you're wondering why a body having to do with mostly ocean-going fishing meets occasionally on the eastern side of Washington (and sometimes in Idaho), the answer is "salmon." Which I have nothing to do with, but salmon drags everything after it. My flight had a transfer in Seattle and I had a 2½ hour layover between planes. [ profile] tikistitch was kind enough to come down and meet me at the airport and chat between planes; we got some dinner and I hope I didn't babble at her too much - I really didn't expect that glass of wine to be so big, especially at an airport, and it turns out I'm really a lightweight lately. I brought her a little Stitch something from Downtown Disney she'd mentioned she couldn't find, just in gratitude for all the fun I've had reading her Mythklok stories. Really great to meet you, Pam, and thanks for putting up with me!

Boring fisheries shtufs... )

Geocaching, whee... )
senoritafish: (Jet - Power)
Now I'm amused. Half-heartedly hoping Google will find me some images of vintage early 1900's swordfish harpoon boats for the big boss's presentation so I don't have to dig through dusty filing cabinets or do a lot of scanning. I'm getting the odd picture of Spike Spiegel and Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop - probably because of Spike's craft, the Swordfish. Coincidentally, the Bebop of the title itself is supposed to be a converted spacegoing fishing boat, which, working with commercial fisheries like I do, I always thought was intriguing - just how did that work?


phbbbt. I crack myself up. Probably not anyone else tho'.

Also, MARLIN ARE NOT SWORDFISH! STOP LABELING THEM AS SUCH! They're in different families, jeez!

And whale harpoons. Do not want.
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)
Looking for depictions of Native Americans swordfishing for a presentation for work and came upon this story, which is based on the Chumash legend, namely that the swordfish speared whales and threw them on the beach, thus providing people with food.

Swordfish Story

Swordfish seem to be a bit cruel, but then so do a lot of large predators.

Speaking of predators, I see there's a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out - the mouse people just sent me an email alerting me to the fact, but a day or too ago while looking for something else, I stumbled across a year-old blog entry saying that it may or may not be based on one of my favorite Tim Powers books, On Stranger Tides - which is also the subtitle of the movie. Apparently he sold the movie rights to the book to Disney back in the 80's. While this is one of their franchises I've been pretty pleased with, I hope they've adapted the story adequately. While it has none of the same characters, I can see a lot of parallels between them.

Also, I know getting up and walking away too fast can give you a head rush. I just wish it would occur a little closer to my office chair rather than when I'm halfway down the hall to the bathroom...
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
[ profile] runsamuck decided to spend part of our tax refund for a new laptop (a fairly cheap one), and until I get the other one fixed, I was putting some programs I use fairly regularly on it. One was Apophysis which I haven't actually used since version 2.something, and it's now up to 7x. I was noodling around with it - I still need to go through some tutorials I've found - but I was surprised to find this rather spiny blue shark hiding within one of the original diffuse, cloud-like flames. Came up on the first mutation click and I liked the original color so I didn't change it. Also saved it with a transparent background so I can use it in something else, maybe.

Blue Shark Flame...
by *senoritafish on deviantART
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)

Sackboy visiting the Aquarium, and was trying to tell species of rockfish from one another (there are about 50 different species on the West Coast). In this pic are, a boccacio (brown), about three black & yellow rockfish, and a couple of canary rockfish (orange stripy), possibly some blue rockfish in the background. Also a strawberry anemone and a couple of sun stars.

Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
27 June 2010

moar )
senoritafish: (Heart fish)

My work made me start carrying a work-issued cell phone (so I have to carry around two now :p ). It does have a slightly nicer camera than my own, and I pulled in out while collecting fish receipts. This is the wall outside the door to the reception area of one of the fish receivers we sample from. Left to right, an opah, Pacific pomfret, louvar, and the bill of a small swordfish on the right.

Fish Company
San Pedro CA
LG VX8350 phone camera
20 April 2010

90° to the left... )

28. wall ☺
29. ice ☺
senoritafish: (Heart fish)

Trip to AOP today; this was a new resident I had not seen before. This is a ribbon seadragon.

Ribbon seadragon
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
12 July 2009
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
I am so far behind on these - good thing I'm not doing it every day right now...from back in June...


Had the day off since I worked over the weekend, so went to the Aquarium on a Monday! Found another couple of geocaches and took this pic from one of them; messed about in Picnik with it a bit.

Queen Mary
Long Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
15 June 2009

here be dragons... )
senoritafish: (That's Ms. señoritafish to you!)

Talked my brother into coming down and trying to go grunion watching, as it was an early 10 pm run, and the kids didn't have school the next day. We went to Seal Beach because it's one of hte few that doesn't close at 10 pm. He brought a bunch of friends with him, including new beau from Sweden, and his dog Luna, an Italian greyhound who's completely blind now. Unfortunately, we got skunked; nary a scout even showed up. I felt a little bad because one friend had come before and we hadn't seen any - he's going to believe they don't actually exist. I'm a little floored at how international Doug's friends are; the other two were from France and South America.

Seal Beach Pier and no grunion
Seal Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
24 May 2009

+2 )
senoritafish: (Heart fish)

Cesar Chavez Day here in CA - it's a state holiday, so it's one I get off work. The kids don't though, so they came home and said "Why are you home so early?" I pulled a few weeds while I was home, and then later, the Aquarium was having an Autism families night,where the aquarium was open late until 9:00. It was very quiet and relaxed, hardly anyone there, which I suppose was the point - although I also wonder if even the discounted price might have been a hardship for some people.

Spiny lobster
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
31 March 2009

Apparently, some fish like... )
senoritafish: (That's Ms. señoritafish to you!)

This is a kinetic sculpture by Reuben Margolin entitled "Square Wave" that hangs in the entrance of the Aquarium of the Pacific. [ profile] runsamuck has a subscription to Woodworking Magazine; recently they had a feature article on this artist - he started by watching caterpillars and went back to school to learn calculus in order to design some of his moving sculptures. This was installed when the AOP had an exhibit on waves in 2007 - the exhibit's been replaced but the sculputure stayed. If you'd like to see it in action, go here and click "Waves."

Square Wave, AOP
Long Beach CA
Sharp VE-CG30
25 January 2009

Just hanging around... )
senoritafish: (That's Ms. señoritafish to you!)
Nifty! Forwarded by a co-worker.

The brownsnout spookfish has been known for 120 years, but no live specimen had ever been captured.

Last year, one was caught off Tonga, by scientists from Tuebingen University, Germany.

Tests confirmed *the fish is the first vertebrate known to have developed mirrors to focus light into its eyes,* the team reports in Current Biology. "In nearly 500 million years of vertebrate evolution, and many thousands of vertebrate species living and dead, this is the only one known to have solved the fundamental optical problem faced by all eyes - how to make an image - using a mirror," said Professor Julian Partridge, of Bristol University, who conducted the tests.

See here for more:

Very cool - this is one of those fish that I've only been aware of as a line drawing in a Peterson's Field Guide and wondering what they were actually like. And to have seen one actually alive must have been something.
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)

Of course, most scientists are in term of their projects, which take on life as their children.

But some biologists especially, share a commonality with parents of very young children. Pre-potty-training children. In that you develop a fascination with poop. My boss forwarded me and my coworkers the following article:

Whale Shark Poops on Camera - Scientists Rejoice!!!!

If you're not anywhere near mealtime, my coworker found the actual video:

Shark-cam captures ocean motion

I suppose if McCain/Palin had found any similar experiments funded with government money, you can imagine the brouhaha they would have raised. However, studies like this are quite legitimate in terms of fisheries management and looking at the health of entire ecosystems. As the scientist in the second articles says, "One way to work out what is going in one end is to look at what is coming out of the other."

I work on a project that studies what are called Coastal Pelagic Species, that is, species of small fish that form large schools near the coast and are thus a target of fairly large fisheries by humans. The major species in my area are Pacific mackerel, Pacific sardine, northern anchovy, and market squid. Another term for the these species is "Forage Fish," meaning that numerous other animals - larger fish, birds, and mammals - use them for food as well. My agency once did a study of sea lion poo, maybe not as extensive as the articles linked to, but looking through for the undigestible hard parts - squid beaks, otoliths (fish ear bones), scales - that could then be identified to species and the proportion of that species in their diet. This became one variable in a large mathematical model called a biomass assessment, that predicts how much of a particular species is out there swimming around this year, and how it should be divided up to a) keep enough adults out there to spawn for next year, 2) allow enough fish to be eaten by all the other animals that prey on them, 3) provide a percentage of the total to allocate to the people who fish for them for a living. Throw climate change into the mix - the reproduction of many of these species is heavily tied to water temperatures - and it begins to make things pretty complicated.

Something to think about the next time you enjoy a tin of sardines. Or not...* ;)


*Enjoying the sardines that definitely should be thought about...
senoritafish: (curlicue fish)

Went to the Aquarium late in the afternoon, and after it closed, spent a while walking around the "harbor." This is a little old tug that appears to be undergoing some renovation, but in the the meantime, I thought I'd snap it to post to the Flickr groups, Sad Boats and Workboats and Tugs (I love to go to those pages and just turn on the slideshow).

Rainbow Harbor
Long Beach CA
Sharp VE-CG30
05 October 2008

I think I took the majority of pics this month today... )
senoritafish: (That's Ms. señoritafish to you!)
Is that Futurama episode where anchovies went extinct (and Fry had the only remaining can) coming to pass?

I don't know that much about the situation in Europe, but here off California, anchovies are less abundant because of oceanic warming trends, not overfishing. They do better in cooler temperature regimes, which have been shown to oscillate over a period of about 40 years. Sardines are more abundant now for the same reason; studies of shed scales in seabed cores in the Santa Barbara Channel show this has been occurring for thousands of years. However, there's a lot of uncertainty as to what's going to be happening with oceanic conditions in the future. An entire CalCOFFI conference dealt with recent oceanic changes several years ago, and papers continue to be submitted on that topic every year since then.
senoritafish: (That's Ms. señoritafish to you!)
Our scientific aide brought in a couple of nifty fish Friday, taken in a purse seine. One of them was a sarcastic fringehead. I won't post the pic taken of it as it was pretty beaten up, but I did post about them once before about four years ago; I especially like Dr. Love's quote about them.

Here's little portrait I took of one at the Cabrillo Aquarium in San Pedro. He wasn't being particularly cantankerous, and behaved for having his picture taken. By the way, the orange thing in the background is a warty sea cucumber.


Worth redirecting your attention to is what they do with those enormous jaws (click to view video clips).

The other fish was a northern spearnose poacher. Poachers are a family of small fish whose scales are fused together into bony plates. They live on the bottom, sometimes in very deep water, and feed on small crustaceans and worms, pulling themselves around with their pectoral fins. I think you can tell where the name "spearnose" comes from, although "spear" is a bit of an exaggeration.

Northern spearnose poacher
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My username is one I've used since the first bulletin board I signed up at. I chose [ profile] senoritafish because 1)I am female, 2) it's a local marine fish that lives near where I'm located (although really its common name is just señorita, but I thought that might be confusing), 3) I like wrasses, the family of which this fish is a member, 4) I always liked watching señoritas when I used to dive, 5) and it's very rarely taken when I sign up anywhere - because I hate the "use my favorite name but add a bunch of numbers after it" because I can't remember numbers very well.

I'm señoritafish at nearly every website where I'm a member, so I'm pretty easy to find by Googling. Not so much by my real name.


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