IAAAM Conference, Koi Show & Fish of the Week: Garibaldi

So, it’s been a busy week! The International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine came to a close and we spent our Saturday morning at the Zen Nippon Arinikai NorCal Koi Show in San Jose, CA. As far as IAAAM went, the fish lectures were few and far between, however, we do have some new ideas in the world of fish anesthesia! Next year, we are looking to attend the Eastern Fish Health Workshop, instead of IAAAM.

Looking back at Cavallo point from our boat ride in the bay
Looking back at Cavallo point from our boat ride in the bay
Sea lions lounging on Pier 39 as we cruise by
Sea lions lounging on Pier 39 as we cruise by

The koi show on Saturday was a great event! It was awesome to meet with some many people who love their fish. All the fish looked to be in great health. Got to meet Dan Rutledge of the Monterey Bay Koi and Pond Club and discuss their group. We are looking forward to joining their community and will be attending their club meeting in May.

The fish for auction
The fish for auction
Dr. Sanders at the koi show meeting all the wonderful fellow koi enthusiasts
Dr. Sanders at the koi show meeting all the wonderful fellow koi enthusiasts
The fish up for judging - great variety of healthy fish!
The fish up for judging – great variety of healthy fish!
The booths at the koi show
The booths at the koi show

Now, onto our fish of the week!

Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)

Garibaldi (courtesy of Wikipedia)
Garibaldi (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Garibaldi is another fish that is common along the California coast. They are a member of the vast kelp forest community. They are actually the official marine state fish of California! As members of the damselfish family, the largest individuals of the group, they guard their territories and nests of eggs viciously. Damselfish have been known to charge divers’ masks when they see themselves reflected in the mask, thinking it’s another fish coming to destroy their nest! When disturbed underwater, these fish emit a thumping noise that can be heard by nearby divers. Usually, any aquarium with a kelp exhibit has a couple of these eye-catching, bright orange fish.

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