Since the launch of the Encyclopedia of Fish our dedicated team of volunteers has been working hard to bring the beauties of the oceans to you. How has this process been for the people diving into the wonders of the deep blue, to bring you the most exciting facts and unexpected stories? And what species and wonders can we expect in the future?
We launched the project during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we celebrate the addition of our fifteenth species, which is also the first non-fish species: the common octopus. A misleading term for such an amazing creature, as you’ll find out when reading our latest encyclopedia article. In this project, each volunteer found their own task and niche, allowing the fish encyclopedia to grow quickly. Sorsha, who has been coordinating this project describes how it has been for her to work on this:
“It has been inspiring, engaging and a whole lot of fun. We’d work together on the encyclopedia during Zoom sessions known as ‘fish parties’, which provided a much needed social break, especially during the covid lockdowns. For me, learning about the ocean and marine wildlife will always be fascinating, because of my background in marine biology. It’s very inspiring and refreshing to see the other team members enjoy it just as much, even though their background might be completely different. It truly was and still is a project that brings us together.”Sorsha
Navigating the encyclopedia is a beautiful adventure into the underwater world. There is still so much to learn, and with this, the encyclopedia keeps growing. Our volunteers are still working on new species to add to our ever-growing collection and the German artist Sarah Rot keeps providing us with the most beautiful illustrations.
By adding the first species that is not a fish, we expand the project. We wish to continue our work by adding molluscs and crustaceans too. New wonders are brought to you with every new addition.
- Did you know cockles can live in densities of 10.000 individuals per square meter?
- Or that a fish that goes by the charming name of Rosefish has 15 poisonous spines that can cause nasty infections. You know what they say, every Rosefish has its thorn.
Interested in joining our enthusiastic team and playing your part while learning all about the beauties below the waves? Contact us, you don’t need to be a marine biology expert. We’d love to get in touch with you!
A huge thank you to all our volunteers who have helped us, including but not limited to: Alice, Tom, Pia, Thijs, David, Benny, Valeska, Valentina and everybody else who gave their time for this good cause. We are so very grateful!