At Balmorhea State Park.
podría ser también Lobina endémica, pero no se han visto desde hace tiempo
Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus)
6 July 2014: This is the story of how a tiny Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) got caught by three young boys on a hot summer day in 2014. We were there to witness part of the unfolding drama. And this is how it went...
On a beautiful summer day walking around the perimeter of the park by way of its main trail we stopped at the fishing pier and there was a group of three young Humans (Homo sapiens) who happened to be brothers and their father, spending a Sunday afternoon fishing at the popular site. We asked permission of the father if we could photograph his children and he agreed. Albeit here we do not show their faces only the hands and partial face of one whose expression of awe at the small Blue Catfish that he's caught is still noticeable through the edited view. One could hear that sense of excitement at the wonder of it all that only young children who are totally immersed in the experience can express and do it quite sincerely without feigning one way or the other, they are who they are and this is their life, now, today. It was a beautiful moment and fortunately we were able to capture it as well by photographing it digitally. Of course we heard the story of how the fish came to be where it was, what fishing person wouldn't be able to tell you the story of the biggest fish they ever caught. The American writer Ernest Hemingway even wrote a novel about it. The lakes at the various and more public parks in the City of Denton are stocked once or twice annually with specific kinds of fish. The stocked and restocked fish at the man-made or Human-made lakes not only keep those who wish to fish coming back throughout the year but also keeps the aquatic birds and other wildlife like water snakes that also feed in part on fish coming back to the place in order to feed. So this is in a way an ode to the humble fish whose own lives are lived furiously fast under these circumstances and surely few get to live long and extended lives as they might otherwise were the conditions of their body of water different. Suffice to say that their presence is an important pivot point in the lives of many different species at these sites including North Lakes Park throughout the year during all four seasons such as they are. Two young boys and a fish is an apt title for our image. North Lakes Park is administered by the City of Denton, Texas. The park opens at 6 am everyday and closes at 10 pm, at least these are the posted hours. There are more than nine billion Humans in the world today and counting. Humans are authentic residents of the Western Hemisphere and globally.
How many Blue Catfish and other fish are there at the North Lakes Park's two lakes? Two thousand, ten, twenty, surely it's a number that dwindles rather than grows and hence the semi-annual restocking of their number. Consider this the proverbial bow as we acknowledge their sacrifice and the vital karma that they put in play by way of all the species, Humans included, who come to that place to interact with them in one way or another on any given day of the year. Blue Catfish is an authentic resident of the Western Hemisphere.
Decided to enter a fish observation. Do not observe too many on the place.
See observation of the great blue heron making dinner of this catfish:
Catfishes (order Siluriformes) are a diverse group of ray-finned fish. Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat's whiskers, catfish range in size and behavior from the heaviest and longest, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia and the second longest, the wels catfish of Eurasia, to detritivores (species that eat dead material on the bottom), and even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiru, Vandellia cirrhosa. There are armour-plated types and also...