The Gods of Fish exist only on the surface of the water, being nothing more than the reflections of fish swimming below them. When you see a large-mouthed bass under water, you are seeing both the bass and its God. It does not matter how deep a fish descends into the water, its God will follow it in perfect mimicry on the surface above, casting a loving eye below. For many years it was thought impossible to capture a Fish God, though many still tried. Hunters tried projecting the image of a fishing lure onto the water’s surface in hopes that a creature made of pure reflection would be enticed by reflected food. They are not. Still other Hunters created floating cages made entirely of mirrors, trying to steal the God right off the top of the water. However, as we know now, you cannot capture a Fish God without also capturing the fish, because although the Fish Gods are nothing more than the reflections of the fish, the fish are also nothing more than the reflections of their Gods, and when one disappears, the other disappears with it.
-from Todd Seabrooks “Animal Gods” in PANK Magazine