LEAST KNOWN FACTS ABOUT FISH

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  • If a starfish is cut into chunks, each piece will grow into a completely whole starfish – and yet will be unable to carry the simplest tune.
  • Not all fish live only in the water. Many have summer residences in New Jersey.
  • The electric eel has an average discharge of 400 volts. After having sex, it has been heard to ask its partner, “Was it bright for you, too?”
  • The oyster is usually ambisexual. It begins life as a male, then becomes a female, then back to a male, then a female again. It has enormous therapy bills.
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restocks lakes by cascading newborn trout from an aircraft skimming the water at low speed. The trout can often be heard shouting, “Yeeeeee-haaaaaaah!!!”
  • Dolphins have never been known to attack humans. This is considered evidence of their intelligence – along with their preference for the works of John Updike.
  • A certain variety of European flounder can lie on a checkerboard and reproduce on its upper surface the same pattern of squares, for camouflage. It has, however, significantly more difficulty attempting the same with a Monopoly board.
  • One species of Antarctic fish is the only fish known to have white blood. It has no red pigment in its blood. Scientists refer to this rare breed as the Johnny Winter Fish.
  • There are fish that use sounds for defense. The Hawaiian Cuttlefish,for example, repels its enemies by playing Don Ho albums at high volume.

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