A Jawfish and Cat Tale


by: Bill Winterholer

One story I would like to share is that of my cat Oreo and his Yellow Headed Jawfish friend.

I have had several fish since I started my marine interest, Damsels, Seahorses, Shrimps, etc., but of all the fish I have had, and unfortunately have lost, the one that always sparks Oreo’s interest is the Yellow Headed Jawfish. Any other fish in the tank gains only a passing interest for Oreo, but put a jawfish in the tank and that darn cat suddenly is absorbed in it. He would hang off the hood of the tank peering for a glimpse of the creature. I finally ended up putting a chair in front of the tank just for him, and I am not joking when I say that he would sit there for hours watching this fish.

Sadly the first Jawfish we had jumped to his death from the tank one night and Oreo whined for days, as if grieving for the loss of his fish friend. We obtained a second jawfish months later and once again Oreo was mesmerized. Oreo was in joy to have the fish back, and again the chair was placed in front of the tank.

Unfortunately, this fish followed the same fate as the first, and again Oreo was at a loss. I haven’t bothered to buy another Jawfish until I can figure a way to prevent the fish from jumping out of the tank, but I can imagine Oreo will love it when we do.

Bill Winterholer
1998

 

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