2021 AMI Online Salon

Adaptations of Small Oyster Reef Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Jiyu Kelly Lim
  • Client: Jack Cover, Tim Phelps, Jeff Day
  • Copyright: Jiyu Kelly Lim, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Final presentation format: Poster
  • Primary Audience: General lay audience visiting aquarium

Project Description

This poster illustrates how three species of oyster-reef resident fishes, the naked goby, skillet fish, and striped blenny, adapt to utilizing the three-dimensional structure of an oyster reef as their habitat. Main uses of the reef include predator avoidance, foraging, reproduction, and nursery habitat. Each of the above resident fishes is highlighted by a yellow-stroked inset that compares their adaptations and morphologies. The insets are placed adjacent to the depictions of the fish in a natural reef setting. The predatory juvenile striped bass grabs the viewer’s attention first, with its size and contrast against the blue water. It curls from the title to the reef, directing the viewer into the hidden world below. The viewer is first taken to the striped blenny as it hides from the bass. Then the viewer is invited to browse the rest of the reef in almost “Where’s Waldo” fashion, searching for sheltered fish and learning their adaptations.