Discofish

Fish Guts - Bathing the Fish



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You would think that washing a giant fish would be as easy as applying an industrial sized quantity of FishWashâ„¢ and a fire hose, but it is not. We are not located in Costa Rica which means that electronics and water do not mix here, so the various parts of the fish must be disassembled, washed, and then reassembled. As the newest crew member and swabbie, this fell to my jurisdiction.


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Here are some of the items needed to wash a fish:

  • A scissors or knife
  • A truck, or vehicle with a load space
  • XL garbage bags
  • A large front-loading washing machine
  • 2 gallons of white vinegar
  • A Costco-sized container of oxyclean
  • LOTS of metal pants hangers
  • Male strippers
  • Trees (preferably Sequoia sempervirens)
  • Patience


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Luckily there is no shortage of willing strippers on the DiscoFish crew willing to work in whatever capacity needed. [Insert photo to the right with caption: Two male strippers, stripping the fabric off of the fin/tail blades]


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When the fish is not swimming in the dusty waters of Lake Lahontan, she returns to her winter hibernation grounds in the cement-covered paradise known as Silicon Valley where some generous landscaper has provided her with a few trees to rest under.


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After the male strippers did their job and packaged all the covers into XL garbage bags, batches of the the fins and tail pieces were piled into the front-loading washer where they were first rinsed with vinegar to make sure the playa dust did not corrode the inside of the machine. Next a full wash cycle was run. [Insert photo here: Washing machine with caption: "Fish parts get a bath"]


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Hoisting the sails... For drying the really long tail pieces, a rope was thrown over a branch of the Sequoia sempervirens which was more than 15 feet off the ground, and the other end of the rope was tied into a loop which slipped onto the hook end of the pants hanger. The pieces were then hoisted up into the air until they could hang freely in the breeze, and the rope was tied off at the bottom of the tree. Note: Metal pants hangers work best.


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The shorter pieces were doubled and hung from a willing Prunus salicina 'Santa Rosa' with Rosa 'Bonica 82' providing a show. [Insert photo here of fins hanging from plum tree].


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All together, there were 15 loads of laundry each run twice. Luckily, this fish only gets dressed once a year, and remains a nudist the rest of the time!

--Swabbie



Posted 2016/04/29, 8:30PM

by Swabbie

TLDR

  • probably water and soap.
  • ???
  • Beer