New for this year is the Strange but True feature where visitors meet some of the watery world's craziest inhabitants, from prehistoric horseshoe crabs and sharp-shooting archer fish to the incredible mudskipper
, a fish that spends most of its life out of water
At least both Mudskipper
and Cousteau are possessed of an inherent creative integrity.
The nine chapters in the sections on General Biology and Ecology review an array of topics for which gobies are already well-known, such as the mutualistic association between gobies and alpheid shrimps, the cleaning behavior of Elacatinus species, and the excavation of burrows by mudskippers
, and those for which they are less so, such as their life as predator and prey.
Now the range of beasts at the Ruthin college is expanding rapidly, with recent additions including Mudskippers
, Rosa Bourke Parakeets and a Yemen Chameleon.
Their topics include molecular systematics of Gobioid fishes, Gobiiformes of the Americas, amphidromy as a life cycle among tropical freshwater gobies, gobies as predator and prey, early development, planktonic and paedomorphic gobioids, and mudskippers
as front runners in the modern invasion of land.
This year's line up includes We Are Animal, Dirty Revolution, The Mudskippers
, Weird Naked Indian and Jets To Zurich.
By the river, you can ride in a dugout canoe, encounter spectacular waterbirds and look out for the crocodiles, and even mudskippers
in the shallows.
Where are the crabs, periwinkles, mudskippers
, cockles, shrimps and all which found sanctuary in mudbanks, under the protective roots of mangrove trees?
In addition to the story, Lamit has included factual information about mushrooms, beavers, flying fish, mudskippers
, and walking catfish, to educate as well as entertain.
Other displays feature everything from mudskippers
and piranhas to lionfish and moray eels.
The swamps, slightly inland, are calm and we had a relaxing few hours observing frigate birds and the unusual mudskippers
, a species of fish that spends most of its time out of water, resting on mangrove roots that protrude from the sea water.
Finally they end up as mudskippers
, reluctantly slurping muddy water from a puddle.