I am not a recreational fisherman; neither in heart nor mind nor ability. I did do some fishing in my youth and probably caught no more fish than could fit into a MacDonald’s Fish Burger.
Yet, I have a strong interest in fish. I think that this is because this squirrel has a strong affinity to water. It comes naturally like cheese and wine, Laurel and Hardy or as a duck takes to water. Or as in this case, squirrel takes to water. You might think this strange but I should remind you that my cousin the rat were well known seafarers, stowing on board all types of maritime vessels and spreading the plague. I guess some of that seafaring spirit and watercraft rubbed off on me and that water ski-ing squirrel.
However, as any skittish squirrel knows, danger lurks everywhere and I had to start thinking about what lies beneath the waves. Some fish are just Weird and Wonderful, while the existence of some fish explain why I am Still Not Going Swimming Soon and recent discoveries give me More Reasons for Not Going Swimming Soon.
Recently, there has been a rash of fishy programmes on TV. I think the first was National Geographic‘s “Megafish”, then there was “Monster Fish” and lately “River Monsters“. All of these pandering to my peculiar obsession with Pisces oddities.
I personally had a run in with an unknown underwater denizen that shook me up while I was camped near a river in the rainforest of Endau Rompin National Park. The full story is related in More Reasons for Not Going Swimming Soon. This led me to wonder if there are creatures and dangers lurking in our waters that we are not yet aware of.
And so, I follow these documentaries with great interest. The most fascinating one yet was the one on the “killer” Goonch Catfish of the Kali River in Nepal. The photos below are from Animal Planet on Discovery Channel.
Mysterious disappearances of fishermen, ferry passengers, little boys and even buffaloes have occurred on the Kali River and some locals speak of the Devil Catfish as the cause. The Hindu funeral practice of casting half burned bodies into the river is said to have made the catfish larger and to have developed a taste for human flesh. Yah, I do not need any more encouragement to stay out of the water. Fortunately, I have close to zero chance of finding myself in exotic Nepal.
I hope this makes you hesitate before you plunge into unknown waters for a swim. Now, if you could excuse me, I’m off to see if I can get tickets for the recently released film, “Piranhas”. It’s in 3D!