Apr 2, 2009

Lots of Smiles

Fishermen (and fisherwomen), it would seem are a happy lot. At least, I see a lot of smiling in these photos. Of course, the pictures were probably only taken because a good haul was brought in, hence the smiles. Even the man with the LSU hat seems very pleased with the horrid beast he's holding.

Thanks to Peer Brauner for sending along the photos of the grenadiers (first two photos)

I imagine that the photo of the enormous stingray and its captors is an image taken from a catch-tag-and-release program in Thailand.

I threw in the last photo because its occupational in nature, and you'll see no smiles there (expect for maybe on the elephant, if he can surprise the woman).


Sabina E. said...

the 1st two pictures are crazy, those fish look to be straight out of a horror film!

Anonymous said...

Whenever I'm unhappy at work, all I'll have to do is look at that last photo to realize my job ain't that bad.

Wudas said...

I'm thinking I would have held that lobster and crab with the legs away from me. But I'm slightly more buxom than the person in that picture.

B said...

yep, thats gross.


Anonymous said...

Actually, the top two pictures are a bit distressing to me, as someone with an interest in marine biology. The grenadiers, or rattails, are slow-growing deep sea fish -- they live over 50 years, mature slowly, and may only breed once before they die -- and the increased fishing of them is leading to a population collapse. They are still listed as "numerous", but that is because they can still be caught in large numbers; the problem is, we believe that the vast majority caught have not bred yet, since they undergo physiological changes after spawning and some species die almost immediately after they spawn.

Basically, we are still fishing the generations hatched before heavy fishing of them started. Where is the next generation going to come from?

The pictures are ugly in more ways than one.