National Geographic : 1921 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE built and had charge of the aquarium at Bermuda and, after developing that to its full possibilities, was associated later with the work of the Boston and New York aquariums. Mr. Mowbray has had charge of the installation of the complicated tanks and interior equipment of the Miami Aqua rium and, with his assistants, already has obtained from every available nook and hiding place among the Florida Keys and the Bahamas more than 2,500 fish speci *mens for exhibition purposes. These range from the lordly tarpon to the gentle angel-fish. In the aquarium grounds are open tanks in which are sea-cows, otters, and alligators. FOOD VALUE OF WARM-WATER FISHES TO BE ESPECIALLY STUDIED The president of the Miami Aquarium Association is Mr. James Asbury Allison, whose great interest in sport fishing brought about a desire to make available a laboratory where investigations might be carried on concerning the food value of warm-sea fish, and thus enlarge the food supply of the country. One of Mr. Allison's desires is to de velop practical data concerning the food worth of certain fishes at different periods of the year. For example, it will be valuable to housewives to know that a mullet at six cents a pound may be, dur ing certain months, because of what it eats during that time, as valuable in food content as the halibut or sea bass, which cost four times as much, and can be prepared for the table in an equally appetizing manner. Not only will the aquarium seek information of this char acter through scientific study, but, having ascertained the facts, it will place them at the disposal of the public in popular, understandable form. FIRST OF THE AQUARIUM EXPEDITIONS FINDS A FLAMINGO COLONY Already the Miami Aquarium has achieved a success in sending an expedi tion to Andros, the largest, but least known, of the Bahama Islands, to re locate the most beautiful of the larger birds of the world, the glorious flamingo, once indigenous to Florida, but which no longer exists on the American conti nent-indeed, it is making its last stand in the New World on this island in the Bahama group. The party of naturalists, ornithologists, and artists, after weeks of effort in the tidal swamps and uncharted bayous, finally located the flamingo colony and collected valuable data. Upon the return of the expedition to Nassau, permission was given by the colonial government to bring back to Miami a sufficient number of the birds for propagation purposes, and they will be located in a giant aviary on the beauti ful shores of Flamingo Bay, only three miles from the aquarium buildings. It is hoped that in this natural habitat the birds will reacclimate themselves and multiply in large numbers, so that they may once more take their place in the natural history of the United States. A method by which the aquarium in tends to popularize the study of fish life will be by making motion pictures of the peculiar habits of fish, of their move ments in the water, and their ability to take on a protective coloration when frightened or otherwise disturbed. Mo tion pictures also will portray the hatch ing of eggs, the development of the spawn by its natural instincts, showing its efforts toward self-preservation and desire to escape the fate that constant warfare in the seas portends. EMINENT AUTHORITIES ON NATURAL-HIS TORY SUBJECTS AMONG ADVISERS Carl G. Fisher is Vice-President of the Association, John Oliver La Gorce, Secre tary and Treasurer. The advisory committee is composed of Alexander Graham Bell; Gilbert Grosve nor, President of the National Geographic Society; Dr. Barton W. Evermann, Presi dent of the California Museum of Sci ence; Henry Fairfield Osborn, President of the New York Zoological Society; Dr. Hugh M. Smith, U. S. Commissioner of Fisheries; Thomas R. Shipp; Dr. David Fairchild, agricultural explorer; Dr. Charles H. Townsend, Director of New York Aquarium; Dr. Charles D. Walcott, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Dr. Carl H. Eigenmann, of the Indiana University; Dr. E. Lester Jones, Director, Coast and Geodetic Survey, and other well-known naturalists.