Sunday, March 05, 2006

Historical pop culture and a reef fish

Historical pop culture and a reef fish
Originally uploaded by snailsone.

Originally uploaded by snailsone

I was doing a bit of research on the Korean War for some paintings that I am working on with yellow grunt fish, Haemulon sciurus...It's an experiment. says fishes of the grunt family (Haenulidae) are noted for the rasping or grunting sounds they make in their throat when captured on a hook or otherwise disturbed. This is accomplished by means of a pair of movable muscles in the throat covered with small recurved teeth. By rubbing together these pharyngeal teeth, a clearly audible sound is produced. The reasons for noise-making in fish is not known.

I have this theory about getting hooked on stuff...A grunt is just the sound of frustration...So therefore I identify with grunts.

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