COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHETHER A RIVER IS PEACEFUL!
I was very flattered to receive some postcards from some children visiting the Age of Fishes Museum. Two were given to me by Warren when I interviewed him and the others came later.
The first is from Tiare:
Thank you Tiare for your lovely postcard, I am a Golden Perch fish. Some people call us Yellow Bellies or Goldens. It’s a good name for us because we are all a beautiful golden colour and I am the goldest of them all.
Here’s one from Hugo:
I am doing very well, thank you Hugo. I sincerely hope you are well too. Your question about ‘scientific pollution problems’ is very insightful. My river is generally very clean and pleasant, occasionally there is a little bit of rubbish in it, which is very annoying, but generally the humans are considerate. This may seem surprising, but it is true.
As I mentioned before I am a Golden Perch, there are many of us in the River and in other rivers around Australia.
I am a relatively young fish, 15 years old. Many Golden Perch live to be about 26 years old!
I am not sure exactly how long and wide I am because I have never measured myself, however I know that I am bigger in stature than most other fish my age.
Thank you for your message Hugo!
For these next ones I have included the original artwork on the front of the post cards by the children.
This first whimsical one is from Dhayne:
Dear Dhayne, thank you for taking the time to write to me.
Yours is altogether the most interesting question I have ever been asked.
I have never ridden a scooter. However sometimes I like to ride the current in the middle of the River for a while, but I don’t do that very often because although it is fun, it takes lots of effort to swim back home afterwards. So I suppose I would like riding a scooter, if I had legs.
Also I have never put a shirt on, fish don’t wear clothes, although I have a cousin who occasionally likes to wear flowers. She is very frivolous.
Preston sent in the next postcard and designed the great front artwork:
Thank you for your question Preston, I am not a tuna fish, I am a Golden Perch. I have met some tuna fish once or twice, they were tourists and needed directions.
I am not familiar with the fish and rods game, on your recommendation I may go up to the museum one day and try it for myself.
This next postcard and fantastic artwork comes from James:
Dear James, I am not sure if you are talking about the game Preston was talking about, or fishing rods used for fishing. If you mean the second one, I am not very fond of them. If you mean the first, I will have to let you know.
Thank you for your question. I am glad you enjoyed learning about the fossils at the museum, did you know they are all my ancestors?
Guurramali sends in the next great postcard:
Thank you Guurramali for your interesting message. I think you will be very surprised to learn just how many brothers and sisters I have. I was very surprised to learn how few children humans have in my interview with Warren earlier.
Golden Perch lay about half a million eggs at one time. Unfortunately not all of my siblings survived to adulthood, but a good many did. I don’t get to see them all as much as I would like, they are widely dispersed through the River. I would say I have at least 75 000 000 siblings. I also have many cousins.
The last amazing postcard is from Yiri:
Thank you for your question, Yiri. I enjoy lots of different foods, such as shrimps and small yabbies. I enjoy the occasional soft aquatic insect larvae. However I would have to say that my absolute favorite food is frogs.
I would like to heartily thank all the children for sending in their beautiful postcards and engaging questions. I must say I never expected it from humans, it is very nice to see that some humans at least, have an interest in fish. I know without a doubt that not all do, some even are supremely cruel towards us, but perhaps I was wrong in lumping all humans in the same boat together. It would seem that some even wish to swim in the river, inasmuch co-existing peacefully with fish. There is nothing I would wish for more.
For anyone else, of any age, who would like to send me a postcard please address it to:
PO Box 360
c/o Age of Fishes Museum
Canowindra NSW 2804
Once again, thank you very much for your kind postcards! Comment below with what you thought about this post and any postcard stories you may have!
~ Sincerely Augustus The Fish.
I am a humble fish.
I am willing to acknowledge when I do not know all the facts and recently I realized that I may not know all the facts about humans.
Indeed in the last few weeks my interactions with them and the Age of Fishes museum I have come to see that they may not be ruthless fish killing machines as I and many other fish have been taught to believe.
Because of this I invited Warren Keedle, the manager of the museum to come down to my river for an interview. We met by the swinging bridge over the Belubula river with Zoe Urquhart there as transcriber and photographer. Below is the transcript of our conversation.
|Receiving the postcards from Warren after the interview,
if I look surprised it’s because I am!
- Has the river changed much since your time?
- Have we always lived here or did some of our ancestors come from a different place?
- Do you remember the start of the tradition of meeting every fourth Monday night for a family gathering? Why did we start doing that? (Silly idea if you ask me, we’re splashing into each other all the time anyway.)
- What was your favourite food? Are the myths true about a certain kind of delicious insect that used to be here in the thousands, long since extinct?