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Paph. Satchel Paige 'Brennan's Orchids'

This is a discussion on Paph. Satchel Paige 'Brennan's Orchids' within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; silver eel is just another name for a large american eel--these take on a silvery-gray ...

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    silver eel is just another name for a large american eel--these take on a silvery-gray appearance and get up to 10+ pounds. the ones this size are female, and they seem to bite occasionally although I think they're supposed to be en route to the sargasso sea to spawn. the true "conger" eel is very similar to the american eel but differs from the take-off of the dorsal, and some other small differences. on the south shore at least, the unrelated ocean pout has been called "conger eel" by most people, albeit incorrectly. i don't like eating the ocean pout, which is quite a striking picture with huge mouths, big teeth, and a distinctive (unpleasant) smell, although it does have white meat. the silver/american eel is a perfect substrate for homemade unagi, imo.

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    Ah...now I know. I had also thought that female eels stop feeding when they enter the ocean...enjoy it! (While I like eaing eel, I hate cleaning them...I'm also afraid of any eels in the NYC area..all that fat holds lots of PCB's...but I love smoked eel, and barbequed is fantastic!) Ocean pout....is that the fish I sometimes see sold live in the Asian markets? Sort of silvery yellow, looks like a cross between a cod and an eel? Doesn't look very tasty to me...Meanwhile, just got back from fishing (I'm at my summer place...) got 15 blues and 2 stripers, all small, but loads of fun on light tackle! Take care, Eric

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    yeah I caught an eel from the east river but wasn't adventurous enough to eat it. the eel at the sushi restaurants is often pre-packaged from china, and who knows what's in that. the party boats from SHB fish off the NJ shores so the water is pretty clean...stripers and blues will of course have low levels of mercury/PCBs as they may wander thru the polluted newark bay area, but in reality that's more of an issue for the pregnant women out there.

    ocean pout is a wild looking fish. let me attach a photo. they get much bigger, I've seen 10-pounders caught. they fight like skates--dead weight, no fight at all. silver eels though put up a good fight.

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    Mean looking eel. Nice looking paph, though, and I enjoyed the history/info that you put with the pic too. My husband is looking over my shoulder and giving me a sports history lesson. He says that Satchel Paige was a pitcher and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Maybe if all orchids were named after sports players it would be easier to get our husbands to share our passion for these amazing plants.

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    In all fairness, though, I should add that my husband IS very good at helping me care for my orchids.

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    Jason- that's exactly the fish i was thinking of! Got only 9 blues tonight, had to leave early because the kids wanted to go to the movies...I should be discussing paphs, but not much blooms in the summer...I just have Berenice and Maelstrom blooming now...Take care, Eric

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    love the blues! nothing fights harder, pound for pound! (where is your summer place?)

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