Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Perch in our Trap?

Monday morning I thought that it would be another typical day at Boston Children's Museum... Little did I know that it would be the first day that we caught fish! Our first catch wasn't by a rod, nor was it by the net. The first catch was by one of our crab traps! The feeling that ran through me as I pulled the crab trap up out of the water was like someone realizing that it was your birthday tomorrow! I will run you through it as it happened.

So here I was pulling up the trap thinking "oh we'll just get some more crabs,". Pulling it up I saw that there were, in fact, some crabs. But I didn't realize it then, but I had just pulled up our first fish! After a few seconds of pulling it out of the water I hear "flop flop flop" and the trap wiggled. Now, this confused me so I try bringing it up faster. when I got the trap to the railing, I see it. Inside there was a HUUUUUUUUGE perch! I'm just kidding, it was probably about 3 inches from tail to nose. But at the time, nothing mattered to me. I yelled at the top of my lungs to Melissa "WE HAVE A FISH!!!!!!" Everyone ran over trying to see what I was on about. When they saw it, our entire team was in high spirits. This was the very first fish we had seen all summer! I don't think anyone could have guessed that our first fish would be in a crab trap of all things.

The BIG catch of the summer
However, I don't think anyone knew exactly how awesome our day after lunch would be. Not only did we get another perch, in the same trap if you could guess, but we had a kid that pulled a striped bass up all by himself! We approximate that he was about a 12 to 15 inches, what a catch! Sadly he was far to big for our tank to keep for the kids... So we let the kid take a picture with his fish, and our record holding fish for the summer. Sam put him in the touch tank to take out the hook, which most likely traumatized our poor perch. We let people see him for a few moments before we threw him back, it was a huge shame that we couldn't keep him longer, but we didn't have a big enough tank to.

Come touch a crab, see a perch, have some fun with us, and maybe catch us a big fish!

Hoping to see y'all out there,

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