Forty More Fun Fish Facts & Seafood Fun Facts

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Our last post about interesting seafood facts proved to be a winner, so here’s round 2 – 40 more fun fish facts!

1. The most severe allergic reaction one can have from seafood is anaphylaxis and can be treated with an Epi Pen, much like a bee sting allergy. This is an extremely rare situation.

2. Trout isn’t just a favorite fish for us humans. They’re also a popular prey target for eagles and brown bears.

3. The Megapiranha is the fish with the world’s strongest bite. Image couresty of media.theiapolis.com

4. The world’s rarest species of whale is the Spade-Toothed Beaked Whale.

5. If you’re going to share fish with your feline friends, it’s best to go with a whitefish such as Cod, Haddock, or Flounder. Too much tuna can deplete the levels of Vitamin E within a cat’s system.1

6. The fish currently holding the record for the longest time living in an aquarium is Granddad, an Australian Lungfish who has been living in Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium since 1933.

7. The Sea Sponge possesses neither a brain nor a central nervous system.

8. A typical octopus can swim between 12 and 14 miles per hour. That puts them at a speed nearly double that of the average motorized mobility scooter!more unusual is that the muscle fiber is still intact – something almost never seen in any fossil specimen.

9. The Hammerhead shark uses its unusually shaped head to trap and pin its prey to the ocean floor.

10. The oldest shrimp fossil on record is 360 million years old and was found in Oklahoma.2

11. Comet, a goldfish living in the UK, has been trained by his owner to play basketball, soccer, and even limbo!3

12. There are 6 teams in the “Big 4” major league sport associations in the United States who take the names of fish and marine birds. They are the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), San Jose Sharks (NHL), Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks (NFL), and the New Orleans Pelicans (NBA).

13. The largest oyster ever caught (on record at least) measured in at 13 inches long and 6 inches wide.

14. One of the key differences between sushi and sashimi is that all true sushi is made with vinegar soaked rice.

15. Speaking of sushi, the sweet and slightly pickled ginger that is often served with it is called “Gari” and is meant to be a cleanser of the palette.

16. As mentioned in our post about the most poisonous seafood creatures on Earth, the Stonefish is the most venomous and dangerous fish in the world.

17. Most fish don’t just have tastebuds in their mouths – many species are covered in tastebuds throughout their whole bodies! (We hope they like the taste of salt water)

18. The slowest moving species of fish is the Seahorse. The Dwarf Seahorse can take up to a full hour to travel 5 feet. 4

19. One of the most expensive fish in the world is the Golden Tigerfish, which is native to the coast of China. One recently was sold for the equivalent of $75,000 US Dollars.

20. 4. The Blobfish is considered to be the ugliest fish in the world and is also in great danger of extinction. They probably have more than a little trouble finding dates.

21. The cornea of some shark species are so similar to that of humans that they are sometimes used in cornea transplants for humans.

22. Troy McClure, a popular character on The Simpsons is known to have a special… romantic attraction for fish.

23. Crabmeat is one of the healthiest seafoods for human consumption. It is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, is relatively low in mercury content, and is a great source for Vitamin A and C, as well as several B vitamins.

24. Eel is a mainstay of many classic soup recipes throughout Europe.

25. The most commonly eaten seafood in the United States is shrimp, with the average American consuming 4lbs of the tasty little critters every year.

26. The Starfish is not actually a fish at all and is a member of the Echinoderm family.

27. If you ever remove the tail from the lobster you’re eating and take a look inside the body cavity, you can determine whether your lobster was male or female. If you see lots of red matter mixed within the green liver, it is roe which means that the lobster on your plate was female.

28. The longevity of mussels varies widely based on the particular species. Some have an average of lifespan of only 2 years while others frequently live to the ripe old age of 50.

29. The Colossal Squid is the largest invertebrate species on Earth.

30. Squid, along with Cuttlefish and the Octopus are all part of the Cephalopod group of Mollusks.

31. You don’t have to go to Russia to get excellent caviar. The Paddlefish, which is most commonly found in the lakes and rivers of Oklahoma, produces roe that is on par with some of the best tasting caviar Russia has to offer, at a fraction of the price.

32. The Narwhal is sometimes called “The Unicorn of the Sea” due to its large tusk-like tooth that protrude right through its upper lip.

33. The Mandarinfish is arguably the most colorful and beautiful fish in the world.

34. Krill are a tiny crustacean species that make up a large amount of the diet of all whales who feed through baleen.

35. The art of making jewelry and other handcrafts out of whale teeth is know as Scrimshaw. However, the term also applies to such creations made from walrus tusks as well.

36. The Orange Roughy is a fish of many names. Other commonly used names for this species include Red Roughy, Deep Sea Pearch, and the much-less-appetizing “Slimehead”.

37. The very first public aquarium was opened in London in 1853.

38. You can tell the approximate age of a salmon by counting the number of rings on its scales.

39. Fishing without a license anywhere aside from your own property is a crime in Connecticut and violators are met with heavy fines.

40. The first seafood-related song to reach the #1 spot on any country’s pop music charts was Rock Lobster which was a number 1 hit in Canada in 1979.

Works Cited

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5 Human Foods Cats Can Eat
http://animal.discovery.com/pets/5-human-foods-cats-can-eat.htm

2. Minogue, Kristen
World’s Oldest Shrimp is Still Strong
ScienceShot, November 10, 2010
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/11/scienceshot-worlds-oldest-shrimp.html

3. Author Unavailable
The world’s most intelligent fish – he plays football, basketball and even limbo dances
Daily Mail, May 6, 2008
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1018157/Pictured-The-worlds-intelligent-fish–plays-football-basketball-limbo-dances.html

4. Author Unavailable
60 Interesting Facts About Fish
Random Facts April 9, 2012
http://facts.randomhistory.com/fish-facts.html

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