In the spotlight

Chinook fry in the spotlight

Our field work often finds us working late into night, which is sometimes when a creative impulse will strike. During a nightly check of a rotary screw trap on the Merced River, we decided to give some Chinook salmon fry their 15 minutes of fame before we released them. With the help of a flashlight, we turned this custom-built photo box into an illuminated stage. A photo box makes it easier to document some of the interesting fish and wildlife we encounter while letting them stay submerged in water (see Frogbio). It can also make for interesting viewing—maybe there’s a niche out there for the fish fry television channel.