Sargassumfish (that's her at the bottom left) lay what's called an "egg veil", a jelly-like ribbon that may be an inch thick, four inches wide and more than 30 times the length of the mom. Embedded in this veil are roughly half a million eggs. Mine laid one this morning and it can be seen here as a swirl of gelatin floating above her.
Here's an essay I did on this incredible fish back in 2009. And a video of one of mine swimming (scroll to the bottom, but read the rest if you want). And another of the fish that laid the veil today:
Every October I take some of my dedicated fish collectors out for a final two day excursion to New Jersey, ending with a dinner at the great Mud City Crab House (as is our custom, the waitress who has to deal with this group of nuts gets a 40% tip). It's a blast, and a great way to end the specimen collecting year. Dan and Lea couldn't make it, but here are Jen, Lou, Nikki, me, John and Mike at the end of the trip.
The great failing of the Democratic party over the past three-and-a-half decades has been the party's failure to take political advantage of the obvious prion disease that has afflicted the Republican party since it first ate all the monkey-brains in the mid-1970's.
My reviews on Yelp are pretty positive, especially when you look at the ones after 2012 (we moved to our new place in January 2013). But a pizza place near me was brutalized by other pizza places in town by posing as Yelp users to hurt them. But this restaurant in San Francisco found an ingenious way to counteract Yelp. Encourage customers to slam their restaurant.