Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Swarms of Sticklebacks

On the beach last weekend, there were TONS of these baby fish - big swarms and clowds of these minnows all over the Columbia River.
They look like sticklebacks when they swim - a tall and spiky dorsal fin that extends far forward on their back.
Our 10 year old was hoping they were squaw-fish (Pikeminnows), and had big plans to net them, raise them in a pool, then turn them in for the $4 bounty. Glad to see he had trouble catching them and saved us some headache.