Monday, 23 May 2016

What a River is.

 I have lived in The River for my whole life. I have swum against current and with it. I have sheltered beneath tree roots as water from the sky has pelted the surface water of the river churning it into froth. I have floated in the river as the sunshine warmed it.

Many humans often enjoy some kind of relaxation involving water, whether it is sitting beside a body of water, swimming in it or some other kind of activity on it. I have often heard it said by humans that the constant ebb and flow of water is relaxing.

But no human can really understand a river.

Water is one of the least peaceful things on earth. Something that is constantly moving is the complete opposite of peaceful and calm.

Of course there are peaceful moments in The River; I’m not denying that in some circumstances water can make you feel peaceful, only that as a substance, water is not peaceful. I defy anyone to be constantly around water and not be inspired to do something.

Sometimes if you take the time to just listen to the sound The River makes as it filters through your gills it almost sounds as if The River is telling stories of all the things it has seen and will see.

Relaxing? Bah! Never let them tell you that water is restful, listen to what I have to say, I, a fish who has never been out of The River! Anyone who says The River is peaceful must be deaf, or simply not able to understand how restless a river really is.

The River is always moving. The slightest breath of air and it trembles and ripples. Even the water atoms of The River pulsate, their opposite charges attracting, able to rise through a tree, float through the air, busy sustaining life. How can you call that peaceful? A river which never rests.

Perhaps a dry riverbed is peaceful, in a stagnate kind of way, deep murky puddles rest. But it is not very comfortable; give me the intensity and restlessness of a full river any day! A dry riverbed is nothing more than a promise that the river will flow again and until that promise is fulfilled all of us in The River are unhappy. In a dry riverbed you will find an underlying urgent expectation, waiting for the water. And over The River bugs and birds get impatient and the reeds are never still.

The happiest time at a river, is when it is late afternoon. Golden light sings and the river urgently tells its best stories, spinning tales you have never heard. Birds slow down to listen, and we fish that swim down below awaken and dart through the stories that the river tells, making sure not to miss a single word.

This is what a river is.

~ Sincerely Augustus The Fish.


Monday, 21 March 2016

What a Lot of Questions for a Fish!

Welcome once again to my informative blog, I hope you have been enjoying our journey together so far, there is much more to come!

Today I have some great questions that have been left in my questions box at the Age of Fishes Museum that I will share the answers to here and now. There is also one email.

Don't forget, if you want to ask me questions you can email me at send me a letter or post card at PO Box 360 Canowindra NSW 2804 or even put a question in my box on the front desk at the Museum. 

Here is a picture of my new Ask Augustus box, if you're in the neighbourhood, I would be overjoyed if you'd drop me a line, if you're not in the neighbourhood you can contact me as seen above.

The four questions I have received so far have been excellent, and they are from children and adults which is superb, keep the questions coming!

The first question is from Minus, who asks: 

"Hello Fish, is it cold in the water?"  

My answer: Dear Minus, 

it is becoming increasingly cold in my river as summer disappears, it wasn't too bad up until last Friday when it started to rain and now it is getting very cool.

Sincerely Augustus The Fish.

The next question comes from Minu:

"Hello Fishy, what do you eat?"

My answer: Dear Minu,  

I enjoy lots of different foods, such as shrimps and small yabbies. I enjoy the occasional soft aquatic insect larvae. However I would have to say that my absolute favourite food is frogs.

Sincerely Augustus The Fish.

Next we have a lovely question from Kim:

"Dear Augustus, Do you have al kinds of different fish friends or do you just play with your own species?" 

My answer: Dear Kim, 

interesting question. Unfortunately it has been an extremely long time since I have 'played'. However I still enjoy stimulating conversation with all my friends in and around The River, no matter what species. In fact I would say that a reluctance to associate with those who are not of your species or race seems to be isolated to humans, fish have never been so snobbish. Well, except to species such as some vulgar species of bird whose eating habits are disgraceful. But that is the exception to the rule and in general I will always talk to anybody. I have even managed to overcome my natural reluctance to talk to humans and now even enjoy it! 

Sincerely Augustus The Fish.

And the last question in my ask box is from John:

"Dear Augustus, Do fish see things in colour?"

My answer: Dear John, 

may I say how refreshing it is to get such a remarkable question, this is very thought-provoking! I have always thought of myself as thinking in colour but how do any of us know whether or not what I see in colour is the same as what you see? This is one of the great mysteries of the universe. However, as a direct answer to your question, yes I see in colour, as do most fish. Some fish can even see in ultraviolet and some are sensitive to polarized light.

Sincerely Augustus The Fish.

So thank you very much for all these great questions from visitors to the Age of Fishes Museum!

Lastly we have another email from Tilly who asks some questions that I am sure everyone will find interesting.

Dear Augustus,

In the holidays, are there any activities at the museum that I could participate in?
Also, I haven't received any newsletters since your first one, have you done a newsletter? If not, can you please do one?

Thank you,

My answer: Dear Tilly,

It is so good to hear about your interest in the museum, and thank you for your continued emails, keep them coming!

In answer to your question, this school holidays the visitor information center that is associated with the museum is helping with the Canowindra Balloon Festival, and everyone will be very busy with that. So no there will not be any official activities at the museum this school holidays, but there will be some in the next newsletter that is being sent out soon, which brings me to your next question!

The newsletter comes out every three months to coincide with the school holidays, so you should receive one in the next couple of weeks or so. On page 4 you will find some awesome activities for in the school holidays, so keep your eyes out for that! Once you have completed some of those activities you can email some of the completed ones and they may be featured on the blog.

Hope you enjoy the school holidays!

Sincerely yours,
Augustus The Fish

The newsletter for kids is lots of fun and great for any kids 4-14 years old. The cost is only $10 and is available world-wide. It is educational and features some activities and projects of my own so I would highly recommend anyone who wants their children to have this once in a life time opportunity to sign up for it! Just email for a form to sign up! 

Once again thanks so much for all the amazing questions, I look forward to answering more in the future!

~ Sincerely Augustus The Fish.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Email Augustus!

Recently I have had several emails from different people asking me questions. It is most enjoyable to be able to answer well thought out questions. If you would like to email me you can do so at Some of the emails I have replied to are below:

From Andy: Augustus what do you do to prepare for a flood coming down the river?

To which I replied: Dear Andy,

Thank you for your question, I enjoy answering questions immensely.

I had to think about this one for a little while because it has been so long since my River flooded. 

You see generally life in the river floats along in an easy sort of way, and a flood changes all that. As a fish I don't have access to all the warning systems that humans do, but to a certain extent I can tell in advance what The River is going to do. This mainly comes from living so long with The River. 

So in a few days before a flood, I feel the rhythm of the river shift slightly, it becomes fuller and stronger, until soon from the very beginning of the river it starts to roar. You can hear it thundering down the riverbed, feel the water ahead of the flood trembling because of the rush that's coming. The last few minutes before the flood reaches where we are, from in the river it seems like the whole world is shaking. At this point most fish will hide. Myself I like to wait, I will swim against the ever increasing current and right when I can see that huge frothing surge of floodwater heading down on me, then I will dart into my home among the tree roots and bunker down as the muddy brown water rushes past.

The last time it flooded The River was in August, last year, but that was only a baby flood, still it was fun to ride out. The most recent big one was in 2010, and that was a big one! I know floods can do a lot of damage, and I am always mindful of the dangers of a flood, but I do enjoy a good flood.

I really enjoyed answering your question Andy, please ask me any other questions you may want to, now or later. And I would like to ask you the same question, how do humans prepare for a flood coming? I must say I have never considered how it might affect you, and I am interested to know.

Yours sincerely,
Augustus The Fish

From Jennifer: Hi Augustus,

I would really like to come and visit you one day.  What days and times do you think would be the best. I have a two hour drive to reach you.

What type of fish are you?  Should I bring you anything? I’m not sure what a fish like you would enjoy.  I have a large outdoor goldfish pond and they like dry fish food and the occasional grass hopper.  They have had numerous offspring over some years now and I can no longer remember which one is which.  Names are impossible. You must be a special fish to have such an auspicious name.

Regards, Jennifer

My reply: Dear Jennifer,

I am most flattered that you would like to come and visit me. If you would like to visit me personally I live in The River and am available at any time. If you would like to visit the Age of Fishes Museum while you are there to talk to my colleagues they are open from 10 am to 4 pm every day!

I am a Golden Perch Fish, there is more about me on my blog,!

I do not need you to bring anything at all if you would be pleased to visit me, there is more than sufficient for me in my River. I have never actually received a present so I don't know what I would like. Thank you for asking however.

Your goldfish sound like they live a pleasant life, for a goldfish that is. They are not fish that are very well known for their mental abilities. I have never eaten this thing you call 'dry fish food' but I also enjoy the occasional grasshopper. My favourite food however is frogs.

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me, please feel free to email me at any time you like.

Also thank you for the lovely compliment about my auspicious name, I've always liked it.

Yours sincerely,
Augustus The Fish

From Emma and Katelyn: Dear Augustus
I didn't know you were an actor Augustus?? Very well played I could feel your fear! But I have to ask you... Did you really bite that poor man or was it just acting??

PS... Katelyn (my little sister that breathing down my neck right now) said to say it's nice to meet you Augustus!

Sincerely Emma J

My Reply: Dear Emma and Katelyn,

Thank you for your amusing message, I had not previously seen that video, but to that fish who made a stand for its rights I say "Well done!”

Thank you for contacting me, it's nice to meet you both as well. Please feel free to ask me any questions you want and I will be happy to answer.

Yours sincerely,
Augustus The Fish.

I really enjoyed receiving and replying to all these emails, I hope I will continue to receive many more emails and letters in the future.

Don’t forget you can email me at, write to me at:
PO Box 360
c/o Age of Fishes Museum
Canowindra NSW 2804

~Sincerely, Augustus The Fish.