Mahi-mahi on the wall – largest fish print of them all!

Making a fish print of mammoth proportions.

Making a fish print of mammoth proportions.

Erin Loury

Erin Loury

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab

It’s generally a good practice to get the most “bang for your buck” out of a rare opportunity – such as a giant mahi-mahi specimen.   After dissecting this impressive fish in our ichthyology class to study it’s feeding musculature and internal anatomy, we put it out on display for our April Open House (butchered side down, of course!).

Our giant mahi-mahi wowed the crowds during April's Open House.

Our giant mahi-mahi wowed the crowds during April's Open House.

If you were one of the many wowed by the chance to see such a large fish up close, you may be wondering what became of the specimen after all the crowds went home.

Perhaps you also made a fish print while here at Open House – with a fish you could easily hold in your hands. We didn’t think we had done justice to our massive mahi-mahi until it too had its impression preserved in paint.

Fun fact:  Mahi-mahi only live to be 4 or 5 years old, and are some of the fastest growing fish in the world!

And what next for this specimen of multiple lives?  Grad student Katie Schmidt is undertaking the task preserving the entire fish for posterity by cleaning its skeleton – one shining vertebrae at a time.  Stay tuned to see photos of the work in progress!

Free wall art for the starving grad student apartment is also a plus.

Free wall art for the starving grad student apartment is also a plus.

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6 Responses to Mahi-mahi on the wall – largest fish print of them all!

  1. 120mm fan : says:

    wall arts are nice addtion to a great home too. my kids love to see wall arts :

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  3. Doug Powell says:

    I would love to print that art on some tees. Will do it for free and send you some if you allow us permission to use the art. Thoughts?

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  4. erinloury says:

    Hey Doug, that sounds awesome! I forwarded your info to Katie, the student who spearheaded the fish printing. Hopefully she’ll get in touch with you!

    Thanks for dropping in,
    Erin

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  5. Doug Powell says:

    Sounds great! We can’t wait to take on the project.

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  6. Pingback: How Many Grad Students Does it Take to Dissect a Fish? « The Drop-In to Moss Landing Marine Labs

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