Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Case of the Vermillion Rockfish


Last week I visited the Vancouver Aquarium.  I can't say I'm a big fan of aquariums.  Usually, it's just nasty dirty fishtanks and some seriously freaked out (or heavily medicated) fish.  Let the poor things go, you know? Come on.

But while wandering in the Vancouver Aquarium, I came across this guy.



This is a vermillion rockfish. And while I don't know this specific fish's age, vermillion rockfish can live to be up to 60 years old.

When you go to a seafood place and see "rock cod" on the menu, this is what you're eating. 

Is it me, or is the idea of consuming a lifeform that might have had 60 years of life and experience way disturbing? 

1 comment:

kmbrco said...

I think some people carry on thinking fish don't suffer when they are captured. I beg to differ. They suffocate. I'd call that suffering.

More and more the idea of becoming vegan sounds quite appealing. Especially to my conscious. Though I'm still a bit weak in my resistance.