• Basketball

    Swish: Bellis honoured

    Rhonda Lee McIsaac — “I am happy to accept this,” said Arnie Bellis, about being named to the All Native Basketball Tournament Hall of Fame for coaching. Bellis coached for thirty years, not just in [...]
  • Critters

    Skitters: The Black Oystercatcher

    Graham Richard — Gaaw Xaad Kil: Sgadaang HlGaagilda Xaayda Kil: sgaada.nga When Xaw’s North Wind son brought the daughter of Xyuu Southeaster to live at his father’s house, she found it covered in icicles. These [...]
  • Basketball

    I Love Basketball  

    Rhonda Lee McIsaac — The All Native Basketball Tournament Committee has picked the 2017 Hall of Famers. The committee will be honouring four players and one coach. Players Tracy Cochrane (Prince Rupert) and Deanna Smith [...]
  • MMIW

    MMIWG: Listening Up

    Rhonda Lee McIsaac — “With the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Interim Report, we are able to reflect on what we have learned after months of research and the living [...]
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An armoured-up cutie pie

by info@haidanation.com in Critters 0

HlGaagilda Xaayda Kil: chiina sk’aajuu English: Pacific spiny lumpsucker Latin: Eumicrotremus orbis (good-little-hole circle) A spherical body can make for a clumsy swimmer, but Spiny lumpsuckers take a break from the jostling by anchoring themselves to objects with a distinguishing suction-cup made from pelvic fins. Lumpsuckers don’t have scales and this accounts for part of their bumbling movements. Instead, they are covered in plates of spiny lumps. These features combined with a wide mouth, poufy lips and bloopy eyes render an endearing likeness. As long as there is something to cling to, the circular swimmers aren’t picky about their wide-ranging habitats. From Puget Sound through the Aleutian Islands to Hokkaido, Japan they lock their sucker down among the eelgrass, rocks, kelp beds, shallows and docks from the intertidal down to 146 metres depth. They are especially fond of hiding in eelgrass at night making it tough for predators to find these camouflaged cavorters, which are usually little more than an inch long. Lumpfish are solitary, only indulging briefly in companionship to mate and lay bright-orange eggs in late summer. After fertilizing, males hunker down close by and fan the eggs with their tails until they hatch. The feisty fathers ward [...]

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