Pupfish numbers up at Ash Meadows By B.L. MCLAUGHLIN
ASH MEADOWS -- On the clear, cool Saturday morning of April 5, at Devils Hole, a diver pulling on his wetsuit called out, "Thanks for warming the suits," as he prepared for the spring count of Nye's rarest residents, the Devils Hole Pupfish.
The suits had been frozen the night before, to prevent the introduction of any outside contaminants.
Devils Hole is the only place in the world this particular species of fish is known to exist. With the tiny blue fish numbering fewer than 100 at any count during recent years, and less than 40 in the spring counts of the last two years, no one is taking any chances.