SONORAN SEA SHELLS :: In just one-day’s beach-combing along a mile of coastline where the Sonoran Desert meets the Gulf of California between Kino Bay and Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Sonora, Mexico, I found this treasure trove of shells. Included are Pink-mouth Murex (Phyllonotus erythrostomus), Black Murex (Hexaplex nigritus), two species of conchs (Strombus granulatus and Strombus gracilior), Moon Snail (Polinices recluzianus), Chinese Hat Limpet (Calyptraea mamillaris), olive shell (Oliva incrassata), tower shells (Turritella anactor and Turritella gonostoma), Pacific Calico Scallop (Argopecten circularis), White Cockle (Trachycardium panamense), Bittersweet Clam (Glycymeris gigantea), Venus Clam (Dosinia dunkeri), California clam (Chione californiensis), other clams of the genus Chione, pink Tellen (Tellina simulans), Angelwing Clam (Pholas sp.), and sand dollar (Mellita longifissa), the skeletal remains of an echinoderm.
FANCY HONG KONG GOLDFISH :: In the Goldfish Pagoda – an exhibit within Ocean Park, Hong Kong, China – visitors will see the ornamental goldfish featured in this poster. You’d be lucky to find any of these fancy breeds in pet stores in the USA. Among these highly prized breeds are calico goldfish, pearlscale goldfish, ryukin goldfish, red lionhead goldfish, egg phoenix goldfish, tigerhead goldfish, white oranda goldfish, red ranchu goldfish, and celestial eye goldfish. All of these freshwater aquarium fish are the outcome of hundreds of years of crossbreeding in China. Some are so ornamental they have difficulty swimming.