The Man-fish

i-bb9ec13d26d950cf3aa6eceed3fc81be-proteus_anguinus.jpgGrowing up, we (meaning: kids growing up in Yugoslavia) all learned about the strangest animal of our country - the cave-dwelling White Olm Proteus anguinus, that we called Man-fish (Covecja ribica).

But what do I know? Darren Naish knows much more about it - and after reading his post (an updated version of his older post) you will see for yourself what a cool and crazy animal this is.

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Fascinating! I've been interested in olms since I read Willy Ley's book as a kid.

Now to visit Darren (who originally led me here).

By Robert Jase (not verified) on 17 Nov 2008 #permalink