Thursday, June 29, 2006

IGFA Museum - Part 2

In the beginning of the hallway that has the beautiful artwork on the walls lies this large tank exhibit of young snook and red fish swimming around. The ones with the lines and yellow fins are snook. The plain silver is the baby red drum/fish before it gets it infamous spot on the tail.

They were featuring a certain artist's work down the hallway. Forgive me, being somewhat an artist myself, I didn't catch the name other than Jason. To the right are Pompano on the Flats.

I took several photos of his works incase I wanted to recreate some of the ideas onto the walls of our homes. I promised Capt Jack that once we moved, I would make him a fish room and I will probably paint some pictures for his walls.

This is a gorgeous Goliath Grouper amongst a wreck awaiting an opportunity to ambush some dinner. The picture was stunning in person and I could not capture it that way on digital.

They also had mount after mount of replicas on the walls. Near the end of this hallway, they had the tail of a record Thrasher Shark mounted on the wall. Jack is nearly 6 ft and it was taller than him. Next to it were a few different turtle mounts. I have never seen a Loggerhead turtle in person so it was telling of its size and majesty to see the one on the wall.

My final picture is one of Jack and the boys in front of the Green Sea Turtle exhibit where you can read about their nesting, life cycle and eating habits. We have actually caught one of these on the hook and safely released it inspite of all the hissing it did.

1 comment:

Tolson Dwiggins said...

That fish that weighed 1560 lbs. that you referred to as a "swordfish" was not a swordfish at all, it was the IGFA All Tackle World Record Black Marlin caught in Cabo Blanco Peru in 1953 during it's heyday as the world's premier Black Marlin fishery. The fish was caught by an American angler named Alfred Glassell Jr. The women's world record for giant Black Marlin was caught that same year, also in Cabo Blanco and that fish weighed in at 1523 lbs. Swordfish are relatives of Marlin and are also members of the Billfish family but do not grow nearly as big as the Black Marlin does. The world record Swordfish weighed in at 1182 lbs. and to date is the only "grander" (fish weighing at least 1000 lbs.) Swordfish ever caught.