How Guitarfish Adventures Was Born

I was sitting in a coffee shop reading a special report in National Geographic about the global fish crisis. One of the images was a guitarfish. The notion hit me to write a story about a guitarfish that would encourage music and marine education while getting the word out to kids about the dire fishstock situation. My wife Kerri began illustrating characters. We took a trip the Monterey Bay Aquarium where we saw an actual guitarfish. We were also invited as special guests aboard a sailboat where the captain preached conservation. I decided that I’d adopt the pseudonym Cap’n Less, and incorporate aquariums into the story to bridge the gap between the fish characters and people. Kerri became First Mate K, and we were on our way. We’d both dreamt of becoming marine biologists when we were kids watching our hero Jacques Cousteau. We hope with all our hearts that our work helps carry on his mission to keep planet Earth a vibrant blue environment for all creatures, and that legions from upcoming generations will join our school of Guitarfish.

Blue Is the New Green!
Jimmy Leslie, a.k.a. Cap’n Less


The Story inspired the Guitarfish Music Festival.