“And they shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I
make up MY JEWELS.”
To my dear grandchildren
Angelfish Are Beauties
“Thy way is in the sea, and Thy path in the great waters,
and Thy footsteps are not known."
The Creator has made homes in the seas for more varieties of fish than we can count, both small and large. Some are very unusual looking, and many of them are beautiful creatures.
Several varieties of small, colourful fishes are named angelfish and are very pretty. They live mainly in the warm waters along the Atlantic Coast from Florida to Brazil. Some from the Amazon River in South America are highly prized in many North American aquariums. There are also varieties of large angelfish that are fished commercially and sold to fish markets, since most are good to eat.
Florida's blue angelfish, for instance, is one of the outstanding beauties. It is deep blue on its entire back, with two blue ribbons surrounding its head, separated by a dark brown ribbon. The bottom part of its body is as an even more brilliant blue, and a blue and amber snout adds a little more to its beauty, as well as a brilliant, fan-shaped, yellow tail. Its not difficult to see how it got its name.
One of the more striking ones is the clown angelfish. One variety of these has a light-pink head and shoulders, but the rest of its body, all the way to its tail, is a dark orange marked with wide bands and a central, bright-green stripe that turns deep blue towards it tail. In addition to this, a huge fin on its back is deep blue, but a similar fin below is light orange with narrow blue stripes. Getting a close look at one of these would convince you that with such a combination of colours, it is well named.
Another very attractive variety is the queen angelfish. A typical one is a soft speckled green all over, except for an outstanding yellow tail and fins. It is also decorated with a thin but bright-red line all along its narrow top and underside. There are about a dozen varieties in this group, most of them living off the shores of Florida, but with some venturing as far north as the New England coastline. When fully grown, they are about two feet long and are a good catch for anyone fishing.
The Bible tells us that on the fifth day of God’s creation He said, “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life. . . .And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters [oceans, lakes and rivers] brought forth abundantly. . . . And God saw that it was good" (Genesis 1:20-21). When we see these and other wonders, how good it is to know the One who created it all and who still watches over them. He watches over you and me.
Love you all - Grandpa