Illustrations by Andrew Handley
Part of nature’s beauty is the uncanny consistency of her creations. But sometimes nature takes a detour from her blueprint. Sometimes abnormalities in body shape, scars, coloration, condition, or markings tell interesting stories about a dimension of bass or the bass’s world that we have never explored. Some are bellwethers of changing water or environmental conditions. Others hint at violent attacks and amazing tales of survival. Yet many remain mysteries for field, lab and even us armchair biologists to ponder and debate.