Jelena sent me the link to a page of photographs of animals in the deap sea commenting that I’d find those freaky-yet-cute creatures inspirational. I guess I would.
Officially, I urge you all to go to The Deep, but I don’t think I’d have had the patience to look at that site if I hadn’t first seen the photos presented in a normal web page on the presumed-to-be-thieves’ site.
By the way, the oldest book I own that I still use on a regular basis is a Dutch edition of the book Fishes of the World by Danish author Hans Hvass. My aunt, a librarian, took it home from the writeoff pile and gave it to me when I was, er, eight? Can’t quite remember. I was fascinated by it and would often spend idle hours just browsing through it looking for freaky-looking fish. These days, I use the battered volume as a reference work in case Kel and Krakatoa get into one of their regular fish-slapping fights. I don’t want them to assault one another with the same species of fish every time.
Unfortunately, some of the coolest fish are tiny, inedible or just not available in a setting based on Western Europe, ca. 1000, so they I can’t make them fight with angler fish or spookfish. Though I guess I’ll cheat, one day.