But anyway...water is boring. How about those sawfish? We were having a rather uneventful morning. The tide was quite low, so our first set was in a deeper area. We had just checked the net when we received a phone call from another crew out on the water. They were pulling 600' seines, and guess what they caught? Yup, a little sawfish.
We hurriedly picked up the nets and motored a bit downriver to where the other crew was waiting. They transferred the sawfish into our loving care so we could work it up and they could finish their seine trip! The sawfish was just a little guy - less than a meter in total length. He was very well-behaved. We decided to name him Edwin. Not sure why, but that's his name. We measured him, tagged him, counted his teeth, admired him, and pulled a couple of leeches off of him, since there are people out there who want to study sawfish leeches. SCIENCE!
We finished working him up, and then sent him on his way (after taking a couple of photos).
|How cute is this little sawfish? The tag on his 2nd dorsal will help contribute to sawfish movement data.|
I ran home to grab a couple of things and print out an adoption contract, then I headed to the piggy pair's new forever home! It was a joy meeting their new family - they were so excited and immediately fell in love with the piggy girls! It's always so refreshing to meet people who are truly interested in giving the best care to their small pets!
My next mission was to visit Otis at Petco. I brought him some veggies and some love! I'm surprised he hasn't been snatched up by someone yet, because he is just the cutest little thing.
|How could anyone resist this little guy?|
|Meet Brienne. The million-dollar question: is she pregnant?|
The rest of the month shall continue with madness! I've got 3 water sampling trips next week, a scientific manuscript in pre-production stages, my good friend will be visiting from Orlando, and then I am helping out with our huge guinea pig adoption and rabbit awareness event at the Brandon Petco on April 1st! Uh oh, should I be worried that it's April Fool's Day?