Category Archives: Natural and Wildlife History

What the Heck is a Sea Horse?

Philippine Seahorse                                    American Press Travel News–11/20/17–“The Seahorse is the name given to 54 species of small marine fishes in the genus Hippocampus. “Hippocampus” comes from the Ancient Greek word hippos (ἵπποςhíppos) meaning “horse” and kampos (κάμποςkámpos) meaning “sea monster”. “The word “seahorse” can also be written as two separate words (sea horse), or hyphenated (sea-horse). Having a head and neck suggestive of a horse, seahorses also feature segmented bony armor, an upright posture and a curled prehensile tail. The above was from Wikipedia, below is from me:  They really are a fish, but their characteristics are weird. A horse-like head, a monkey like prehensile tail, a pouch like a Kangaroo, a bony exo-skeleton like insects, independently moving eyes like a lizard, etc. They are carnivores and like their cousins the Pipe fish, are the only critters where the males exclusively care for their eggs after fertilization and they bear their young. They taste bad and although they move rather slowly and are specialists in camoflage they are not gone after as food from bigger sea animals and fishes. Frankly, I, as so many aquarium enthusiasts are intrigued by these amazing animals.  

Photos of the Week!

Nichole Ellis releases a bonefish with her dad Gary!
Learning about hawks in TN.
Curt Gowdy lft. and Stu Apte at a Redbone dinner!
Barb poses with a Kodiak Bear. It liked her (almost for lunch)
Flash back to VT. Barb and the “boys” David and Brian more than 40-years ago.
Scuba Diving! A fantastic experience! 

New Fascinating Book “The Quotable Darwin” Is Out As Of November 15th, 2017

 

American Press Travel News-Nov 7th, -PSL, FL–Book Review by Bob Epstein for Princeton University Press’s “The Quotable Darwin.”  When Janet Browne decided to find out about all things, Charles Darwin she imagined that this man would have much to offer thinking men and women in contemporary times. Darwin was and is most remembered for his book: “On The Origin of Species.” 

She collected and edited every written word she could find. In 348-pages his actual quotes on all aspects of life and disciplines- a fascinating look and read into the mind of one the worlds great thinkers. Darwin was a botanist, a geologist and a caring husband and father. As an active correspondent, he once told his cousin that he liked to play billiards because “it drives the horrid species out of my head.” Browne’s book offers and intimate look at Darwin at work, at home, as a public figure, and on his world travels. Feel his humor, frustrations, exultation’s and “the mans special genius. His travels on the ship; the Beagle made history, and changed knowledge on all living things great and small, for all times!

The book offers a chronology of Darwin’s life by Browne’s, THE QUOTABLE DARWIN. It provides an engagingly new perspective on a remarkable man who thought heavily about the natural world. Natural Selection and Evolution became hot topics due to Darwin!

The author is the Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her books include the acclaimed two-volume biography of Darwin, Charles Darwin: Voyaging and Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (both Princeton published) She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.    Again: The Quotable Darwin, Collected and edited by Janet Browne can be found at: ISBN; 9780691 the eBook/ 9781400888672