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Fish #184 Atlantic Bonito Sarda sarda ~ Cathi Prince
Leaded stained glass with copper foiled and etched detailing, the main fish being of fused glass. 34 x 59 cm
The Atlantic Bonito is a large mackerel-like fish of the family Scombidae, commonly found in the shallower waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Black Seas, normally travelling in fairly large schools. It grows up to 12 pounds in weight and 30 inches in length. With a similar body shape to the tuna, it is mainly silver and blue/green with black stripes. To breathe it needs to be perpetually swimming with open mouth to maintain ventilation. They feed on smaller fish such as mackerel, squid and sea lance, and will often jump on the sea's surface to catch them. They, in turn, are predated by larger fish such as tuna and marlin. In America the Atlantic Bonito is treated as a game fish while in various Mediterranean countries it is eaten grilled or baked.
It was the striping of the Atlantic Bonito that attracted me as a fish to depict allowing me to play with the medium of glass. While working in my studio there is the constant sound of water from the pond just outside and the sounds of large fish slurping, leaping and splashing. Over the past ten years that I have been working with glass I have variously been depicting fish, often in fantasy tropical colours and patterns, so working on this bonito pushed the boundaries a bit further.
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