Although Hanukkah is long gone and the lake is still frozen, a miracle happened at camp this weekend. Out of an ice-fishing hole, the Vimba Fish appeared. What is a Vimba Fish? The Vimba is a species of fish native to Europe. It is one of the members of the Cyprinidae family, which also includes barbs and minnows. The Vimba is commonly found in the waters draining into the Black, Caspian and Baltic Seas. Colors on the fish’s back range from a reddish-brown to a gray-blue tone. The flanks take on a silver tone, and the belly is yellowish in color.
So how did this fish wind up at Surprise Lake Camp? Well, it turns out that Vimba Van De Camp (that is her full name) first came to SLC a few years ago as a member of our international staff. She soon realized that SLC was full of SO MANY great fish, she never wanted to leave! (We all know how THAT feels!) So she stayed at camp with the other fish in the lake and now calls SLC her home.
But Vimba Van de Camp is a little homesick. It’s been years since she’s seen her friends and family back home! She heard through the “lakevine” that Celia (one of our full time staffers) is going on a trip to Eastern Europe to hire new staff. So she thought “why not stow away in Celia’s bags and make a visit back home?”
So Vimba will be traveling Eastern Eurpope with Celia and she will be posting photos in all the cities she visits. Now here comes the fun part…..We will be having a contest called “Where in the World is Vimba Van de Camp?” Check the Surprise Lake Camp facebook page and guess where she is!
Lucky for Celia, the average weight for Vimba is between 2-6.5 lbs (1-3 kilos), so she won’t have to worry about paying for overweight luggage, or additional baggage!
An interesting feature of Vimba and other fish in this family is that they have neither teeth nor stomachs. A vimba has a very well-developed sense of hearing. The swim bladder is a feature that is only found in ray-finned fish. It is made up of two sacs located in the dorsal area. The sacs are filled with gas, and help the fish to ascend and descend to various depths in the water. (We have not yet told Celia about the gas isssue, as she may rethink taking Vimba with her. Ssshhhh….quiet.)
I wonder if Vimba will return to SLC or if she will in fact stay in her native home of Eastern Europe…..Only time will tell!!!