Reactor Axe Man Posted December 22, 2022 Share Posted December 22, 2022 Today while browsing the Murphy Camera, I watched as the Aquarium Co-Op Crew fed Murphy a few clams along with two good sized live snails. Murphy eschewed the snails, instead horking the clams with the typical gusto and elan (once he located them) we are accustomed to. On several occasions he clearly spotted a snail slowly cruising about but continued to ignore them, at one point even catching one between his body and the tank wall before his flappy fins dislodged it and propelled the hapless mollusk over a foot from his point of origin. Still, no harm, no foul, and I was starting to wonder if he had gained two new tank mates. A couple hours later I was proven wrong. It was like an aquatic Mafia hit... Snail cruising along the top of the front face of the tank without a care in the world before this moon-faced puffer assassin struck. It was quick, without warning, even stunning in its alacrity, and yet there was a great deal of earnest chewing in the aftermath... I should have known something was up when the tetras started humming the theme from The Godfather... The other snail fled, probably to the Shellfish Protection Program. Sometimes I lie to myself and think of Murphy as a happy-go-lucky puffer, beguiled by the benevolence of his derpy bucktoothed smile. It's a lie. He's a stone cold killer, an apex predator, Murder Incorporated beneath the waves. The tetras, jurapari, and algae eaters that share his tank exist because he allows it, and they will end when he demands it. Here's a screengrab I took of him lying about his alibi: 13 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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