Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year: Evolve

Photo: Diane Edwardson, December 22, 2009. Dead catfish near the Hyperion Bridge. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

There was something unusual about the mummified catfish we found just south of the Hyperion Bridge. It looked as if it crawled a few feet out of the river and just died there, as if it were trying to evolve into a land based-animal. The front fins appeared to give out under its weight.

There were none of the usual signs that it was killed by an animal, although the eyes had been eaten. Since the weather was so dry, it seemed to have zapped all the moisture out of the fish and it had no fish smell. Who knew we had catfish in the LA River?
Photo: Diane Edwardson, December 22, 2009. Watch out for that catfish bite. (Click on photo to enlarge.)