It’s hard to believe, but 2016 is almost halfway over now. I guess time flies when you’re having fun or eating fish – we hope you’ve been doing plenty of both! Anyway, today we’re going to share with you sixty more interesting facts about fish and other marine animals. We’ll be focusing on facts about lobsters, facts about jellyfish, facts about rays, facts about cod, facts about sponges, facts about mussels, facts about eels & more.
1. Times have really changed for lobsters. Now considered a high delicacy, they were once the food of paupers and referred to as “the poor man’s chicken”1.
2. Due to a naturally occurring pigment, all lobsters appear red when cooked. However, they can sport many different colors beforehand. Most are brown, but rare other examples include blue, green, yellow and even white.
3. Lobster eggs are referred to as roe.
4. The Spicy Caribbean lobster has no claws.
5. Conversely, Maine lobsters are known for having especially large claws, filled with tasty meat.
6. Many lobsters can live to be more than 100 years old and as long as they’re living, they never stop growing.
7. Humans aren’t the only animals who like to dine on lobsters. These delicious creatures also make up a big part of the diet of octopuses.
8. A typical mussel will yield 16mg of cholesterol when eaten.
9. Mussels have been a food source for humans for over 20,000 years2.
10. Mussels produce thick, strong fibrous threads called beards which they use to latch on to rocks and other stationary objects.
11. As is the case with clams, mussels are bivalves.
12. The meatiest mussels are usually caught in the month of October.
13. Mussels are a great source of brain power-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids.
14. Mussels dine almost exclusively on plankton.
15. Eels have very poor eyesight and will often mistakenly bite the hand of a person who is trying to feed them rather than biting the food itself.
16. The largest eels are over 13 feet in length- that’s taller than two Michael Jordans!
17. Eels live very long lives. A typical eel who dies of natural causes will usually do so around the age of 85 years3.
18. Eels can swim both forward and backward, in addition to being able to move for short distances on land.
19. There are more than 800 different eel species.
20. Most eels live in shallow waters and burrow themselves into the sandy ocean floor.
21. While rare, some eels will venture into water as deep as 13,000 feet below sea level.
22. Contrary to what many people think, sea sponges are animals and not plants.
23. There are more than 5,000 sponge species living in the world today
24. All sponges are omnivores
25. Sea turtles are among the heaviest predators of sponges.
26. All sponges are hermaphrodites.
27. It is believed that the bright color of sea sponges is an evolutionary mechanism designed to protect them from harmful UV rays.
28. If a sponge is cut or broken up, it can regenerate nearly any detached body part.
29. Jellyfish clone themselves. If one is cut in half, both halves can potentially regenerate to create a new jellyfish.
30. Jellyfish have been known to congregate inside of underwater intake pipes of nuclear reactors. On several occasions they have jammed them up and temporarily shut the reactors down.
31. A jellyfish has a neural network, but no true brain.
32. Jellyfish are such an ancient species that they even predate dinosaurs.
33. A group of jellyfish isn’t called a school; it’s called a smack.
34. The Box jellyfish is one of the most poisonous animals in the world.
35. Jellyfish live short lives. Very few of them even live long enough to celebrate their first birthday.
36. The Tampa Bay Rays baseball team is now named for rays of light. However, they were originally named for the sea-dwelling Devil ray.
37. Even though they don’t look much like them sometimes, rays are very closely related to sharks.
38. Rays possess plenty of cartilage but no actual bones.
39. Most rays live in shallow water, preferring to bury themselves beneath the sand.
40. A ray’s mouth is on the underside of its body.
41. Rays move through the water by flapping their sides in a wing-like motion.
42. A stingray’s sharp, venomous, and deadly spine is stationed on its tail.
43. At the first Thanksgiving, cod was the centerpiece of the meal and not turkey.
44. The three main varieties of cod are Atlantic, Pacific, and Greenlandic.
45. Most cod weigh between 50 and 75 lbs at maturity, but can sometimes weigh in excess of 200 lbs.
46. Cod are some of the slowest swimmers in the ocean.
47. Aside from humans, very few animal species eat cod.
48. A typical cod fillet will only contain 1.6 grams of fat.
49. Cod is sometimes used in English fish and chips platters, though haddock is normally the fish of choice.
50. Most sushi served in restaurants has been frozen prior to final preparation.
51. Nearly all fish lay eggs, but the Great White shark gives birth to live young.
52. Many brands of lipstick contain fish scales.
53. A school of fish can contain as few as a dozen members and as many as over a million.
54. A flying fish can easily glide for distances longer than 150 feet above the surface of the water.
55. Most fish have taste buds all over the outside of their bodies rather than in their mouths.
56. Sharks do not possess scales, but rather a sandpaper-like skin.
57. Nearly 40% of all fish species live in freshwater environments.
58. The vast majority of tropical fish deaths among those kept in aquariums as pets are a result of errors in maintenance4.
59. The average fish has better senses of smell and touch than the average human does.
60. Seahorses are the only fish that can swim upright.
We hope you enjoyed this most recent version of our fun marine animal facts. Stay tuned for another, which will be making an appearance in this blog later this year.
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