Sunday, May 17, 2009

Catching it at Cabrillo Beach Pier - San Pedro, CA

The shadows tell who has the goods.
Shovelnose guitarfish -Identification: the nose is long and pointed and the disk is longer than it is wide. The tail is long and thin. Color is sandy brown above, white below. (They also have the “most soulful, woebegone eyes you have ever seen.” quote from Probably More Than You Want To Know About The Fishes Of The Pacific Coast by the eminent marine biologist Dr. Robin Milton Love).
Ref. www.pierfishing.com-shovelnose_guitarfish
And the sad story is that most of what is caught should not be eaten.

17 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

"Wind mild, with the energy of the rays of the sun ... the thought of emotions that loaded fly on Sunday morning!"

Hello dear Tash!
Wonderful pictures! The first one is outstanding!Great post and very informative as well!
Thanks for the link!
Have a nice week with joy and good energy inside your heart!
Léia

Bibi said...

Oh, I would throw back a fish with "soulful, woebegone eyes..."

Never heard of this one.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Even sadder is most of us don't know how we're killing our oceans & its life each day.

Babooshka said...

Cafe Pasedena made an excellent point. Great photography especially those birds.

Maya said...

Awww, the poor fishies!

Jacob said...

Why is it "that most of what is caught should not be eaten"? It is the fish themselves that are inedible, or has junk in the water made them so?

Clueless in Boston said...

I like the photos of the seagulls and their shadows.

Lee Spangler said...

I know that scene well. I spent many childhood days on the Redondo Bch pier at King Harbor and graduated So Torrance High in 1963 I will always have such fondness for P.V and the South Bay but I wish the guy would have thrown the shark back.

spacedlaw said...

Poor guitar fish. Why the "should not be eaten"? Is the water so polluted?

Hilda said...

Sounds like the fish caught in the Manila Bay. Unfortunately, the poor who fish there don't really have much of a choice :(

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I liked the shadows of the gulls. I also enjoyed catching up on your photos! Excellent as always.

Vogon Poet said...

I hope the poor guitarfish was thrown back in the water...
The 'should not be eaten' thing is clearly explained (in two languages) in the third image.

Linda said...

What a sad commentary that the fish can't be eaten. Makes me wonder what the point of the 'sport' of catching it is.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Feeling bad for the Sand Shark with the soulful eyes. On the other hand I'm enjoying the cranky birds

Virginia said...

I think that gull snagged himself a hot dog bun!
V

Keith said...

Love the first photo. Perfectly captures a beach moment!

Kim said...

These shots are really great. While in the Huntington Beach pier in January we watched a guy reel in (what I've always called) a sand shark and it took quite a bit of explaining to him that everyone throws them back and that he didn't want to take it home, as his kids were begging him to do. I remember being scared to death by one of these during a scuba diving class when I was swimming along the bottom and one started flapping between my stomach and the sandy bottom. Powerful little swimmers when startled! :-) I'm glad to learn their real name from your post!
-Kim