Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Fun: Fishy Facts

In honor of the publication of A Place for Fish, here are some fascinating fish facts. Enjoy!

• No one knows exactly how many kinds of fish live on Earth. So far, scientists have discovered more than 25,000 different species. Some researchers think there may 15,000 more species left to identify.

• Most fish swim in groups called schools, but a group of seahorses is called a herd.

• The stout infantfish is the smallest fish on Earth. It could easily sit on top of a pencil eraser. The great whale shark is the world’s largest fish. It is larger than a school bus.

• Fish don’t have eyelids, so they can’t close their eyes and fall asleep like we do. Most fish rest quietly during the night, but some fish are almost always on the move.

• Does the idea of kissing a fish make your skin crawl? Then consider this: Most brands of lipstick contain ground-up fish scales.

• Most young fish are called fingerlings, but young sharks and sawfish are called pups.

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