Hand of the Osprey

Bringing visions of fishes from my brain, pen, hook, etc. to you (also featuring the misanthropic drunkbeast, PBR walrus).

Newest “Ignition” remix edition by gaR. Kelly…..the freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens) is a hardy, underappreciated fish known colloquially as the Thunder Pumper. Presumably, this is due to the grunting noise it makes with gas bladder + otolith magic.
Humpback chub (Gila cypha) living up to its name. If only they could get back at the humans for raping the Colorado River Basin….
Minnow March kicks off with Gila robusta, the roundtail chub. A sleek western minnow that can exceed 20 inches in length, this omnivorous fish has lost much of its range, but not an ounce of awesomeness. Chub Clubbers enjoy.
Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) the cook trout. Pretty punny here….”charr” is the collective term applied to members of the genus Salvelinus. It can also be spelled “char” but to me, char is something that happens when cooking food and “charr” is something that makes a sweet suite of fishes sound piratey.
Killa Catostomus is a Flannelmouth Sucker (Catostomus latipinnis) sucking up some flannel-wearing guy (probably a fish biologist just trying to help those fish out). I doodled it during a department seminar….gradual school is not all it’s cracked up to be. But the more seminars I go to, the more doodles I doodle.
the chub club is dedicated to promoting the awareness of all the chubby fishes out there. It doesn’t matter if they are from the genus Gila or Semotilus or even Couesius and Macrhybopsis, they are most often underappreciated minnows that need sum luvin’. This is a roundtail chub, Gila robusta, from a San Juan River tributary. The chub club is open to everybody too so feel free to join.
Codzilla versus the Bur-Bot (aka Steelpout). The massive freshwater cod is using a blast of fecundity to counter the Steelpout’s iron barbel. If this brings up visions of Godzilla/Mechagodzilla or Ray Troll’s work, then you are probably cool and “with it”.
The illustration of the seminal 1985 study from Mary Power et al. featuring largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) and central stoneroller (Campostoma anomalum) and the cascading effects of predation, grazing, and interspecific interactions on the food webs of inland streams. 
mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) chasing a school of squid.
my doodle from my multivariate statistics course at Kansas State University. It is of an alien sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) attacking a lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) in the midst of notes regarding canonical correspondence analysis, shorebirds, and classmates’ presentations.

my doodle from my multivariate statistics course at Kansas State University. It is of an alien sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) attacking a lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) in the midst of notes regarding canonical correspondence analysis, shorebirds, and classmates’ presentations.