By David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle
This enticing memoir provides one man's lifelong love of the sea and offers a hugely own, behind-the-scenes examine California's terrific 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 smooth fish on bumpy airplanes to nighttime diving for fish within the Indian Ocean, A Fascination for Fish describes some of the mind-boggling demanding situations that make smooth aquariums attainable and provides an interesting glimpse underneath the ocean's floor.
Powell's profession 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 all over the world.
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I can credit this hobby, my diving, and our little boat with landing me my ﬁrst job as an aquarist. And what a job it was! 14 u n d e rwat e r t h o u g h t s 2 m a r i n e l a n d o f t h e pa c i f i c A tip in 1958 from jerry fawcett , president of the ﬂedgling Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles, let me know that Marineland of the Paciﬁc was looking for an aquarist. Marineland, which opened in 1955, was the world’s second oceanarium, following on the success of the original Marineland in St.
That works out just ﬁne as long as the ﬁsh stays pretty much at the same depth, but the large swimbladder becomes a major problem for the aquarium collector. When captured on hook and line in deep water and brought rapidly a f i r s t l o o k at re a l i s m 35 to the surface, the ﬁsh can die. The gas in the swimbladder obeys the laws of physics and expands as it encounters the lower water pressure near the surface. Unfortunately, these ﬁsh are not able to release the rapidly expanding gas very quickly.
What was missing was a wave periodically crashing into it, just like real surf does in the pools at the shore. Manually dumping a bucket of water into the tank produced the right e¤ect, but I couldn’t keep doing that all day long. I needed an automatic bucket dumper. 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.
A Fascination for Fish: Adventures of an Underwater Pioneer by David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle