As one who has travelled widely around the world, I have in the course of my journeys discovered many places that I found beautiful, fascinating, relaxing, or pure and simply enjoyable; however of all the corners of the globe into which my adventures have taken me, none has lodged itself in my heart the way […]
Many of my fondest childhood memories involve the sea and its myriad fishes. My father was commercial fisherman. His father was a commercial fisherman. My mother worked in the offices of Bumble Bee Seafoods. Many of my aunts, uncles and cousins either caught fish or worked in fish canneries for their livings. We all lived […]
“Who was the first person to eat an avocado – and why?” It’s a fair question; after all, even if you like avocados (and I do) you have to admit that were they an unknown plant pod, their lumpy greenish-black exterior concealing their mushy, slippery, lighter green pulp doesn’t exactly give them them an appearance that most would consider appetizing. The same question could similarly be asked, “what went through the mind of the first explorer to see a penguin, or a pineapple, or for that matter a pangolin?”
As regular readers of The Well-read Naturalist well know, it all began long ago with a curious young boy and an old library copy of the Herbert Spencer Zim’s “Fishes: A Guide to Fresh and Salt-water Species.” Therefore, whenever a new field guide to fish is published (which doesn’t happen all that often) I immediately take notice.