Magpie and the fishes of the sea….Well! A bird had to talk about fish……sadly I am a vegetarian and even in the days that I used to eat non-vegetarian food, many many decades ago, I never liked fish. I am going to focus on the visual impact of fish on my mind!
However I love watching fish. I vaguely remember having a fish tank at home and a few angel fish, black mollies and guppies floating around. We had a public aquarium near the beach in both Madras (Chennai today) and Bombay (Mumbai–Taraporevala Aquarium) where I had my first experience with fish in a large scale. It was a cold, damp experience alright but did make an impact on a young mind.
Next was fish in Mauritius—seen through a glass bottom boat. In fact in this island I was introduced to Cousteau and his wonderful films about the sea, underwater adventures. Mauritius is also the home of Blue Marlin fishing and we did see these monstrous fish strung up in photos, TV or mounted for sale in shops.
The next time that I really enjoyed watching fish was in the US. First it was in the beautiful Japanese Tea gardens in San Francisco—huge golden carp in exquisitely landscaped garden that were truly a Zen experience. Next again in Palo Alto, in the home of Deepak and Radha Basu where they have an aquarium wall What a glorious experience with live coral in it. Sadly, I heard that they had to completely redo their aquarium due to some fungal infection.
In the US we also drove upto Monterey Bay Aquarium…where we spent a super day watching sea horses and translucent fish, kelp forests and shoals of different fish and watched divers in the tanks feeding the inmates…..that was a WOW factor.
The most recent experience was at Sentosa island in Singapore..the aquarium was surreal as we walked through glass tunnels that placed us right amidst the fish including sharks and barracudas…this aquarium was closed down and is all set to reopen this year.
Hope you enjoyed my fish trail!
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