38 to go.
Day one of the Brazilian adventure (May 1) was amazing. Beautiful scenery, beautiful weather, lots of fish. We went to the Cagarras Islands, scenic landmarks just off Rio’s Ipanema Beach that end up in countless tourist photographs. And yes, there really is a “Girl from Ipanema” who inspired the song. Something of a minor local celebrity, she still lives in Ipanema, and is now a grandmother.
The good news – I caught about 30 different species. The bad news – I had caught most of them before. This is what happens when you’ve caught 962 species. But still, through hard work and pretty much dumb luck, I stumbled in to 5 critters to add to the list. These are –
Seaweed Blenny – No photo, Kisslinger would have a field day with this.
Hairy Blenny (and his orchestra) – sort of attractive.
Round Scad – not the most exciting fish, but hey, it’s a species.
Spotfin Hogfish – very interesting fish, photo included.
Sazimai’s Wrasse – also attractive if not enormous.
For my own edification, I have also included photos of some of the more reasonable species we caught –
Silver Trevally – well travelled little beast; I have also caught these in Australia.
Atlantic Bigeye – They are called this because they live in the Atlantic and they have a big eye.
Gray Triggerfish – I’ve caught these in Belize and Florida. They bite.
Flying Gurnard – it doesn’t really fly. It actually crawls on the bottom. But it looks like it should fly. Maybe if I threw it, it would fly, but that wouldn’t be very nice.
And there are a couple of assorted scenery shots. You can identify these because they will be the photos without me or a fish in them.