Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Cut Throat

Pronunciation: \ˈkət-ˌthrōt\
Function: noun
: killer, murderer
2: a cruel unprincipled person

Based on these definitions, one might understand why I'd want to hunt and catch such a beast (although, most would say "leave this to the authorities.) But you might also be perplexed as to why - after a long fight that left the above mentioned near death - why, oh why would I carefully revive him and let him go on his way to continue his merciless destruction of those smaller and weaker than he?

Well, I did it because it's illegal NOT to let them go. That's right - taking this beast to the local authorities would have earned me a huge fine, and perhaps some jail time! That's because the Cutthroat I was pursuing was this one...

3: a large spotted trout (Oncohynchus Clarki, or Salmo Clarki) chiefly of northwestern North American that has reddish streaks on the integument of the lower jaw.

It was a good day.