Thursday, May 1, 2014


Anchored in Port Madison this morning, I was sipping my latte and watching the little fish jumping like water-borne popcorn, when a couple of thoughts came to me.

First, each one of these little 1" - 2" fish who manages to break free of the surface of the water is a little piscine astronaut.  He has entered an environment that, from his perspective, is a vacuum.  He can't breathe there, and there is nothing surrounding him that he can push against.  Brave little guys.

But that brings another thought:  If ever there was a behavior that Darwinian selection should have weeded out, it is this one.  What better way to advertise to gulls, loons, geese, and other predators that, "Here there be food"?


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