The Original Eyewear For The Flats

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The Eye Glass Photo by Louis Cahill

Bonefish are just cool. They never cease to amaze me.

Like all fish, they are perfectly adapted to their environment and in their environment you need a competitive edge. Right in the middle of the food chain, the bonefish has to get in, get fed, and get out in a hurry, before he becomes somebody else’s lunch. To do that, he needs keen eyesight, a hard nose, a turbo charged tail stroke and some high-tech eye wear. I handled hundreds of bones before I ever noticed the eye glass, and a few more before I captured a good photo of it. It’s so clear and flawless that the light and the angle you look at the fish need to be just right to see it. It is a slick outer lens that covers a good portion of the bonefishes face and encapsulates it’s eye. If you study it’s profile you will see that it turns the bonefish’s already sleek profile into a perfectly hydrodynamic projectile. The equivalent of cycle racers shaving their legs.

No doubt, this aids in the bone’s remarkable speed, but that’s just part of the story. The eyeglass serves a much larger purpose. The bonefish has a fairly unique style of feeding. When he spots a crab or a shrimp and makes his charge his prey seeks cover in the coral, or deep in the mud or sand bottom. The bonefish gives chase by sucking in water and ramming it’s head into the bottom, sometimes up to it’s pectoral fins and then, blowing the water out of it’s mouth exposing it’s prey for the taking. The eyeglass protects the fishes eyes from damage, saving it’s precious eyesight for spotting predators, and fishermen. It’s a remarkable adaptation and just one of the things that makes bonefish one of my favorite species of fish. If you’ve never noticed the eyeglass, take a minute next time you catch a bonefish to check it out.

 
Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
www.ginkandgasoline.com
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