Good morning bream

The early mornings here at Lake Tanganyika are very special to me and my favourite time of the day. That’s kind of funny because back at home I am not at all an early bird. Here, things are different. Year round the sun comes up at about six and wakes up nature…birds start singing, insects humming, mozzies stop being a pain. This morning I woke up from the rustling of leaves. A lazy cobra that spent the night in a dried out pool filled with thousands of leaves started moving slowly.

Sometimes, when I wake up before 6.30, I go for a little swim in the lake. I usually take my snorkelling stuff with me because otherwise I’d suffer from terrible fomo of not visiting my friend the bream.

A female Tanganyika bream (Oreochromis tanganicae) being released back into the lake after we recorded it’s swimming behaviour in one of our experimental ponds.

The massive fish lives in our little harbour between the jetties. Although it is a huge fish, I only discovered it recently. The stunning light blue fish is nicely camouflaged by the blue blurry water. I think the bream uses the harbour as a kindergarden as I always see it together with a swarm of little bream (at least 30!!!). They are not scared anymore. Maybe they know that the strange girl only comes to say hello in the mornings.

This fluffy tiger spent the night in my bed. She used to do that when she was a kitten during my field trip last year.

Published by caribiologist

Postdoc at the University of Basel, Switzerland

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