By Patrick Cooney
A drop of salty sweat slips into my eye and clouds my vision, but not before I catch a glimpse of what I trekked so far to witness. Like being hauled up by a rod wielding angler, a turquoise and tangerine infused sirajo (“si-rah-ho”) goby defies gravity as it nears the crest of the waterfall from below. This jewel of the river strains against the current, tenuously gripping the slick bedrock with a single suction-cup-like fin. One wrong move and this sojourner will surely plunge into hungry mouths of predators in the distant pool below. Little by little, the long distance traveler lunges forward, each a victorious step not only in the struggle to escape hungry mouths, but also to perpetuate the species in the face of drastic declines.
|The sirajo goby! (Patrick Cooney)|
|Puerto Rico rising from the Caribbean Sea. (Patrick Cooney)|
|Dry dams block fish migration. (Patrick Cooney)|
See the video below of an almost identical fish in Hawaii that was featured on a BBC special!
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