January 19, 2009

Bubble Eye Goldfish, United States

Photograph by Paul A. Zahl

Oriental apparition, the extraordinary bubble eye wears marble-size, fluid-filled eye sacs like water wings. The breed is only one in a gallery of bizarre variations of the common goldfish. Developed over ten centuries by Oriental breeders, this living art of the East today attracts growing numbers of Western aquarists.

(Photo shot on assignment for "Those Outlandish Goldfish!" April 1973, National Geographic magazine)

Kim Lakin
Kim Lakin

This sounds a bit snarky, but I grew up being taught that oriental is a word that describes an Asian style object not made in Asia and Asian is a race of people originating from the continent of Asia. I'm not 100% sure and words are just words. Does anyone know?

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