The original Museum Fish feature was a very popular post, a lot of people liked it when this blog was simply known as ‘London Aspie’ on wordpress.com. It was published on 1st November 2013.
This is a follow up and features those terracotta fish seen in the main museum’s shop. These are far more difficult to photograph because of the different light levels and the many displays which obscure the pillars on which these low relief fish reside.
The staff in the museum’s store were surprised I was taking an interest in these fish, since barely anyone bothers to notice these excellent terracotta specimens!
The above fish is a coelocanth. Thanks to Alec Lathan for pointing this out.
I couldnt tell you what most of these fish were, one or two obviously look a lot like our common North Sea flat fish, eg the common dab or the flounder, as shown below:
Many of these fish are doing something, either eating another fish or a bit of seaweed, or gathering in shoals. They’re not always the sort of marine animals we are familar with for a start. Some of them are clearly excinct animals, like the Trilobite.
Alfred Waterhouse, the museum’s architect, designed these fine representations of marine life in the 1880’s.
Again, here’s a link to the Natural History Museum’s website.