Rick Harbo – “Tails of the midshipman”

Rick Harbo – “Tails of the midshipman”
by Andrew Bryant, 17 May 2018.

After 36 years with Fisheries and Oceans Canada…well the word “retired” doesn’t seem to describe Rick very well at all!

Author of numerous books including  Shells and Shellfish of the Pacific NorthwestWhales to Whelks and Nudibranchs of the Pacific Northwest, Rick also served as a member of the abalone recovery team, sea otter recovery team and Mollusc subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).  He’s now a “citizen scientist” and volunteer Research Associate at the Royal B.C. Museum.

After a delightful introduction concerning early explorers, taxonomists and why you might not want to have a species named after you, Rick focussed upon those really cool fish that biologists know as Plainfin Midshipmen (Porichthys notatus).

A fish that sings?  Really?
A fish that sings so loud that it can scare people?

Yup.  You heard that right.