Lotsa' Dots & Spots

Ken N Tx

MALE
Location
Texas
 

Lara

SF member
Location
Emerald Isle NC
"Early Snowfall" by Lucie Bilodeau

It's December 1st and we are transitioning from
Fall to Winter in North America on December 21st
Winter doesn't end until May of 2022

This is a painting...not a photo

early-snowfall-lucie-bilodeau.jpg
 
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Spotted handfish

The Spotted handfish is a small, slow-moving fish that ‘walks’ on its hand-like pectoral and pelvic fins.
Once common in the chilly waters of the lower Derwent estuary in Tasmania, this species has dramatically declined in distribution and abundance since the mid-1980s.
Presently, only a few populations are found in the mouth of the Derwent estuary.
The causes for Spotted handfish decline are yet to be accurately pinpointed, but it is thought that major threats include loss of natural sandy habitat, heavy metal contamination, and the presence of an exotic sea star pest species.
Spotted handfish are now protected under law by both Tasmania and the Commonwealth Government, with research currently directed to monitoring and identifying threats to Spotted handfish populations.
 
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