Krill-fish

Tuesday 13.12.16 at 6.21pm

Translation by myself (and Google Translate)
Chat : “Collective” (Isak, Eskild, Linn, Noora)

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Noora: I had to run, how is it with Even now?

Isak: Basically the same. We watched a movie. Now he’s sleeping

Eskild: It’s my shift tomorrow morning, but I have to go sell krill* at Karl Johan**
Eskild: Can someone switch shift with me?

Noora: krill?

Eskild: Je suis krill***

Linn: I can take Even on wednesday
Linn: Do you think it’s possible that I’m bipolar as well?
Linn: I see myself a lot in Even.

Noora: Manic Linn

Eskild: If you’re bipolar I’m straight

Linn: It could be true though?

Eskild: That’s quite true Linn. You need to be activated. When we are done with the secure-Even-project we should start the activate-Linn-project. 2017 will be your year

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* krill are small fishes or crustaceans
** Karl Johan is the main street of Oslo
*** French for “I am krill“, a reference to “Je suis Charlie”

February 14, 2017 - Chatham Albatross, Chatham Mollymawk, or Chatham Islands Mollymawk (Thalassarche eremita)

These albatrosses are found in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and the west coast of South America. Their diet includes fish, krill, barnacles, and cephalopods. A pelagic species, they spend the majority of their time at sea, only returning to land to breed. They breed on an island known as the Pyramid, located at the southern end of the Chatham Islands. Nests are tightly packed on the steep cliffs of the island. These cliffs allow the nests to be accessed from the air and easily defended from predators. Like other albatross species, they are monogamous and share in incubation and care of the chicks. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN because of their small breeding range, despite their apparently stable population.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

NOORA: I had to run, how is Even now?

ISAK: Pretty much the same. We watched a movie. He’s sleeping right now.

ESKILD: It’s my turn to look after him tomorrow, but I have to go sell krill* at Carl Johan**. Can someone change their shift with mine?

NOORA: Krill?

ESKILD: Je suis krill***

LINN: I can look after Even on Thursday
Do you think I might be bipolar as well?
I really relate to Even

NOORA: Manic Linn

ESKILD: If you’re bipolar I’m heterosexual

LINN: I might be?

ESKILD: It’s true Linn. You need to be activated. When we’re done with Project-Look-After-Even we’re gonna start Project-activate-Linn. 2017 will be your year

*Krill: Tiny fish, sold as a health product.
**Carl Johan: main shopping street in Oslo
***je suis krill: french, meaning I am krill, referencing to Je suis Charlie.

New illustration in my Food Chain series. 

 Available in my shop at: Visit https://www.etsy.com/listing/239687784/ocean-chain-desert-art-print?ref=listing-shop-header-3

somebody at work today insisted that bettas eat flake food in the wild and don’t like pellets after I tried to get them to buy some omega one pellet food 

they were totally right 

I just spaced that 

man it’s been so long since I last did research on betta fish

I forgot that the wild habitat of bettas is surrounded by carnivorous flake trees 

the carnivorous flake tree has roots spreading miles long to the sea where they ensnare and consume many types of common ocean fish and sometimes even krill for nutrients 

the fish is then broken down inside of the tree and the protein that the tree cannot digest grows on the tree’s branches like leaves 

The leaves fall off in small pinches once or twice a day into the water in which the bettas feed and flourish off the nutrients within

there are many mysteries still unsolved about the carnivorous flake trees diet 

like where does the wheat content in the flakes come from? What part of the tree dyes the flakes red? When are preservatives added to the mix? 

These questions may forever be shrouded in mystery 

The carnivorous flake tree has yet to be grown captively due to its extensive root system and particular diet, so the flakes you buy in stores are harvested from wild flake trees 

this is problematic because they are harvested so extensively to keep the shelves full, causing the local fauna that rely on this tree for nourishment to starve 

and that is why I recommend feeding feeding other types of food like pellets instead, harvesting these flakes is devastating to the local ecosystems 

GO GREEN. DON’T BUY FLAKES. 

Adelie Penguin and Chick

I thought I would start putting up some of the artwork that I did while I was down in the Antarctic. 

To start with, here’s a penguin.  This is an Adelie - there was a large colony of them just across from Palmer Station, and I was down just as they were starting to hatch.  I got to watch as tiny grey fluffballs very rapidly grew into squawking hulks the size of their parents, and then fledged out into their adult penguin suits before taking off for the southern waters.

The chicks beg from the parents with a wild-eyed flurry of squawks and pecking at their bills.  As they get older, it’s not uncommon to see an adult penguin flat-out running in an attempt to get away from their demanding infants, and for good reason - the chicks want them to regurgitate a bolus of krill, shrimp, and fish that the adult has just expended a lot of energy to catch.

Today is International Whale Shark Day!

One of the most interesting “whales” isn’t a whale at all—it’s a fish called the whale shark! Unlike whales, sharks are not mammals but belong to a group of cartilaginous fishes. The whale shark (Rhinodon typus) earns the name “whale” solely because of its size.

Just as the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest living mammal*, the whale shark is the largest species of any fish; females have been known to reach 65 feet in length and up to 34 tons, although most whale sharks may never reach such record sizes. Besides sharing the title of biggest among their kind, the blue whale and whale shark have something else in common. They are both filter feeders. The blue whale lives mostly on small shrimp-like crustaceans called krill, which it strains from sea water through baleen, a fringe made of keratin, the same material that makes up human fingernails.

Whale sharks also consume krill, other zooplankton, fish eggs, and small fishes by bobbing up and down near the water surface to pump prey-filled water over their gills or swimming with their wide mouths agape.

Despite their other name—shark—these giants are so gentle that snorkelers and scuba divers seek them out to swim alongside them. The whale shark is listed as “Vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species due to threats from commercial fishing, but the growth of whale-shark tourism may lead some communities to see them as more valuable alive.

See the Museum’s whale shark in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life