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Saigon Aquarium, Corydoras (2/5)

Saigon Aquarium’s ‘small farm’ raises about 100,000 Corydoras catfish per year. Green, albino (both C. aeneus I presume), panda, and sterbai. There was a bit of a language gap between me and the tour guide (mostly due to my being … Continue reading

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Saigon Aquarium (1/5)

On a whim while on the train ride to Ho Chi Minh City I wrote to the ‘contact us’ address at Saigon Aquarium asking if I could visit their breeding facilities. Much to my surprise I got a speedy ‘yes’ … Continue reading

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Boraras

Recent reading about axlotls plunged me down a rabbit hole of developmental biology regarding the preservation of juvenile or larval traits into adulthood. The wiki page about this contains a lot of questionable claims about how this applies to human … Continue reading

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Dragonfly

These photos are framed so it looks like the paddies go on for ever. In reality this is just a little zone of rice fields surrounded on all sides by tourist businesses. I’m not sure if there are other areas … Continue reading

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Nothing happened in the Ordovician

Having spent my entire life living atop Ordovician fossil beds (and a fair bit of my childhood digging in them), this diagram is deeply disappointing. The story always seems to go “Cambrian Explosion! Yada yada yada… bony fishes in the … Continue reading

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manta

This, the world’s largest fish tank, was originally built for a whale shark.  The developers (under pressure from whale shark advocates, who apparently exist) eventually conceded that even this tank was a bit small for a 40′ long fish, so … Continue reading

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Siesta key

I’m spending a week or so on Siesta Key, Florida with Mary and Jared and kids.  Mostly I’m lurking in the condo working while they putter around on the adjacent beach.  I’m also reading Killing Mister Watson which is set … Continue reading

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Mai Po

A few weeks ago, Brooke signed us up for a ‘Mangrove Walk’ at Mai Po nature reserve through the WWF.  It was only the night before that we figured out the scope of what we were in for… a four … Continue reading

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goldfish market

Believe it or not, this was not my idea.  I’ve been spending a fair bit of time with Quebecois coworker Marc and his boyfriend, and they turn out to be aspiring fishkeepers and wanted to visit Tung Choi Street (which … Continue reading

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Jelly shots

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