Candlefish

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  1. Jean

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    Has anyone seen or tried using a candlefish for lighting?

    Are those fish dried and sold anywhere?
     
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    Didn't even know there was such a thing until I just looked it up. That must be some seriously oily fish!
     
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    Fascinating, had no idea. Thanks for the post.
     
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    I've been lucky enough to see big schools of them coming up river from the sea, but haven't had the pleasure of reading by candlefish light or dipping dried berries into euchelon oil; I would like to do both someday.

    Here's a great photo from National Geographic.

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    Never heard of them either...
     
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    I've heard of smoked Haddock but that's ridiculous...:D :D
     
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    New to me! Super cool. I knew natives of the Arctic used to use seal/whale oils to provide light and heat but lighting up a whole fish takes it to another level lol.
     
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    Wow that is cool thanks for posting!
     
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    Are they hard to light?:54:

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    This is the coolest thing I've ever seen! Worthy of a second post!
     
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    how's the aroma?
     
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    I remember first reading about these fish in the Journals of Lewis and Clark,,, (Devoto I think),,, but I think the Corps of Discovery only ate them. I can imagine the fellas all got the "quick step" after a meal or two of these !
     
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    Just wait til they find out about these in the "hipster" areas...they'll be drinking small batch micro brewed craft beer and reading poetry by fish light.
    Seriously though I had never heard of this. What type of fish is it? I'm assuming it's very oily and sun dried in order to use as a light.
     
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    @highlander I can totally see this becoming a "hipster" thing. They'll all be saying "I was reading by fishlight BEFORE it was cool, way before most people even heard of it" lol!
     
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    So how long before we all start adding them to altoids psk's and what do we do about the smell? It's a flame extending snack, that's got psk written all over it. :D
     
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    A Candle Fish gives some light I agree, but I much prefer an Electric Eel to read by....;)
     
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    Get the spicy version and it'll give light and burn your butt.
     
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    Can you light them with a ferro rod or a flint and steel ? I had also never heard of them, thanks for posting
     
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    I don't know what those fish are doing to each other, but they seem to be getting hot and heavy. I'll bet the odor is pretty severe.
     
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    Whatta buncha Hooligans...
     
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    I checked my calendar when I first saws this. The world is a very interesting place indeed.
     
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    Never heard of candle/lamp fish either!..they must eat fatwood haha!



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    Wow, now I want some smoked mullet.
     
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    Candlefish (Eulachon) used to be abundant in my area. Now they are almost non-existent and heavily protected. I see the odd one wash up on the beach every year. I didn't know they could be used this way, but I did know they were incredibly oily.

    Next time I find one I may dry it out and try this if it's not in too bad condition.
     
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    Hmmm, me likes some smoked mullet! :dblthumb::7::32:
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