NANFA-- Fish Folklore

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Tue, 6 Nov 2001 15:41:20 -0600

While reading a book on rattlesnakes the other night, I came across a
chapter of rattlesnake myths which got me to thinking...

I am considering putting together a program for the nature center to be
presented around April Fool's Day. The presentation will be nothing but
myths, old wives' tales, folklore, etc. but I hope to organize it in such a
manner that if someone didn't know better, it would appear to be a real
natural history program. In a nutshell, I'll start the program by saying
that everything that I say will be untrue and then lead the participants
through our various habitats (prairie, forest, and aquatic) discussing what
there is to see while telling one lie after another. My objective for this,
other than to have a little fun, is that I will probably be saying some
things that people will have always believed to be true but hearing it in
this program will tell them that it is not. There are lots of sources for
plant, reptile, mammal, etc. folklore but I don't know of any sources of
fish lore. Does anyone know of any books out there? Or even better for me,
send your favorite fish-related myths, tales and assorted other lore to me
or to the list. If I get enough, it might make an interesting AC article
even. Okay folks, it's time to tell your fish (and other favorite) tales.
Thanks for the help.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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