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Interesting Animal Facts: Fish

In the deepest parts of the ocean and other bodies of water, a great deal of fascinating activities, habits, and traits emerge. From the Rainbow Trout to the Yellowtail Flounder, there are more than 28,000 different types of fish living in our global waters. In this article, you will learn how some fish species cope with their environment, as well as other fun facts concerning different kinds of fish, including the piranha, goldfish, and salmon.  

Deep in the ocean, many fish are known to engage in hermaphroditism, where some species actually change sex in response to hormonal cycles or changes in their environment. There are other kinds of fish that are simply equipped with both female and male sex organs.

With teeth sharp enough to bite through a steel fishing hook, the piranha is a carnivorous freshwater fish that dwells in the rivers of South America. If you’re worried whether or not you can meet up with this toothy fish, piranhas typically live in Amazonian, Guianas and Paraguayan river systems. Yet in still, some are occasionally found in warmer waters of North America (most likely a former resident of an aquarium), but usually do not survive very long.  Despite their reputation and appetite for meat and flesh, piranhas are not as much as a threat as humans would like to think. Locals who live close to piranhas swim in waters filled with the fish without any attacks or even a scratch on the skin.

If you are interested in learning more remarkable facts about different species of fish, consider the following facts:  

12 Facts About Fish

1.    Although salmon lays about 100 eggs, only one will make it to adulthood.

2.    It is estimated that there are more species of fish than all the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals put together.

3.    40% of all fish species can be found dwelling in fresh waters.

4.    If you think fish are only found in the water, think again. The spotted climbing perch has the ability to crawl on land by using its strong pectoral fins to get around.

5.    As one of the most popular pets in the United States, many tropical fish bought in North America come from the wild in locations found in Africa, Asia, as well as Central and South America.

6.    Fish have been on earth for more than 450 million years , long before dinosaurs existed.

7.    When classifying a fish, three classes are used: jawless, cartilaginous, and bony.

8.    Goldfish are unable to close their eyes. When it’s time to catch a little shuteye, they fall into a deep sleep that usually takes place at the bottom of the water.

9.    For more than 1,000 years, the goldfish has served as a household pet , a practice that dates back to the days of ancient China.

10.    The jellyfish is a creature that is comprised of 95%water. There is a species of jellyfish that possesses tentacles that can reach lengths of up to 100 feet.

11.    Starfish are absent of brains.

12.    Sharks are the only fish that are able to blink with both eyes. Also, keep in mind that they can pinpoint one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

Source: Life Science