Sunday, July 10, 2011

News from the Beach

-This makes me feel a little better about not rushing into academia.

-July 6th was Malawian Independence Day. It has been a long walk to freedom for Malawians but in my short time here I have seen their determination to continue down the road as it were. Congratulations to them on their anniversary and best wishes for the future.

- The windy season continues here at the Lake but it has blown the usually shy catfish out of their rocky hiding places. Yesterday we saw lots of meter-long specimens of both the “African catfish” (Clarias gariepinus) and the locally named “Kampango” (Bagrus meridionalis). Lake Malawi is home to a group of catfish that belong to the Bathyclarias genus and which are the largest fish in the lake reaching up to 2 meters in length. Because they are usually nocturnal it was a real treat to see some many hanging around Kande Island on our afternoon dive.

-And on a completely different note congratulations to the South Korean town of Pyeongchang on being awarded hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics. My former home has been waiting and working hard for this chance for a long time. It is well deserved.


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