Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Culture clash at Garden City Park Pond.

A year ago schools of juvenile Brown Bullhead, Ameiurus nebulosus, a fish native to eastern North America, appeared in the pond at Garden City Park. A year later, the pond has deteriorated in terms of water quality, possibly because of the removal of cattails by muskrats, yet the catfish remain; this year's schools are plentiful. A further development--look who's swimming with the catfish young:


Five or six small goldfish were doing their best to keep up with a tumbling mass of catfish. Perhaps recently dumped into the pond, they were doing their best to fit in--but failing. They were bumpkins at the disco.

The catfish party rolls along, leaving the puzzled carp behind. They swim to catch up, line up parallel to each other, obviously schooled in the art of schooling, but the catfish have no such discipline. They're there to rumble!

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