Science Art: Callorynchus antarctica, 1858.


An image that introduces Fishes and fishing : artificial breeding of fish, anatomy of their senses, their loves, passions, and intellects. With illustrative facts by William Wright.

One wouldn’t expect the 19th century researcher to be so concerned with the passions of those creatures outside Mammalia, but here you are. A loving, passionate, intellectual fish.

Technically, this is a kind of chimera called an elephantfish – a cousin of sharks and stingrays. But no doubt just as caring as it is ancient.

Happy 2018. May ours be filled with illustrative facts.