Thursday, May 25, 2006

Amazing New Species Discovered!

ichymus pichymus
It was one of those days every Marine Biologist dreams of. We had the submarine down to, oh, ten or fifteen miles below the surface. It sure felt like it! I was teaching my co-pilot, Max, a hyperactive twelve-year-old, to use the search-light and the on-board camera. And what was the first thing we spotted? A new species of striped finner fish! Yes, that's right: we took a snapshot of this never-before seen fish and then scooped it up with our specimin-vacuum-arm. After taking it back to the lab and dissecting it, we dubbed it ichymus pichymus, which is latin for "the smiling striped finner fish."


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