By David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle
This enticing memoir offers one man's lifelong love of the sea and provides a hugely own, behind-the-scenes examine California's impressive and cutting edge aquariums. David Powell, for a few years curator of the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, tells the tale of his existence as a pioneering aquarist. From dealing with nice white sharks to transporting tender fish on bumpy airplanes to nighttime diving for fish within the Indian Ocean, A Fascination for Fish describes the various mind-boggling demanding situations that make sleek aquariums attainable and gives an fascinating glimpse underneath the ocean's floor.
Powell's occupation in diving and aquarium improvement is going again to the start of recent equipment in either components. From the early options he devised to get fish into aquariums alive and fit to his later exploratory dive to a intensity of 11 hundred toes in a two-person submarine, Powell's action-packed narrative conjures up laughter, ask yourself, and philosophical mirrored image. A Fascination for Fish additionally contains many tales approximately Powell's diving adventures at the California coast, within the Sea of Cortez, and in lots of distant and unique destinations worldwide.
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Stealing a stainless steel bucket from the mammal trainers, I had a welder attach a pivot point to each side of the bucket just below its centerline. When the bucket was empty it hung there upright in normal bucket fashion, but when it was ﬁlled with water it became topheavy and ﬂipped over, dumping the water. Once empty, it righted itself and was ready to ﬁll again. All we needed now was to suspend the bucket securely over the tide pool exhibit near the front window and supply it with a continuous ﬂow of seawater.
But there’s something seriously lacking when all you see is the grotesque dead body of a pickled study specimen. Swimming with ﬁsh in their own world, collecting them, and keeping them in an aquarium environment are the ways to really understand these creatures. For example, the California scorpionﬁsh relies on potent venom in its spines for protection. Sedentary in their habits, these slow swimmers— when they do get up and move—are extremely easy to catch. Because of the ease with which they can be caught, there is a tendency to take them for granted.
The smaller Jewel Tanks at Marineland had rectangular weldedsteel frames with slate sides and bottoms and ﬂat, glass windows. Aquarists had to constantly scrape and paint the perpetually rusting tank frames and reseal the frequently leaking windows. I didn’t appreciate the management style of Ken Norris at the time, though I certainly do now. He gave me the responsibility, support, and freedom to create what I believed in. He said, in e¤ect, “Here are all the tanks; go to it. ” He left me alone unless I needed his advice.
A Fascination for Fish: Adventures of an Underwater Pioneer by David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle