15 Interesting Facts About Fish

One of the most unique creatures, fishes comprises one of the largest and most diverse categories in vertebrates. Living in the depth of water bodies all across the earth, they truly are amazing, intriguing and fascinating animals. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes and are considered a good luck charm for having as pet. Here are some of the interesting facts about fish you never knew about.

jelly fish

1. The oldest inhibitors on Earth

nemoFishes have been present on Earth for the last 450 million years. They were present long before the Dinosaurs roamed the earth.
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2. Fish Scales make ladies lips look gorgeous

the painted fishWell ladies, your precious component of makeup, the lipsticks contain fish scale which contribute to your sassy look.
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3. Fishes have taste buds all over their body

gold fishDid you know that fishes have the ability to taste without even opening their mouth?
This truly is amazing.
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4. Fishes are counter shaded

electric blue fish
Electric blue fish

In order to be less visible in the waters, most fishes are counter shaded. They are darker on top, lighter or silver on their sides and brightest on their bellies.
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5. Lots of Fishy things!


marine creaturesFishes are found in more species than all the other species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined. There are approximately 32,000 different kinds of fishes.
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6. Special fish radar helps in navigation

marine lifeFishes have a special sense organ, the lateral line which is like radar and helps fishes to navigate in dark or murky water.
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7. Fishes can apparently change sex

beautiful fish in blue colorSome fishes are known to change their sex during the course of their life. That is purely strange, isn’t it?
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8. Some fishes need to swim continuously


Sharks and some other fishes do not possess air bladder which helps them to keep afloat. Therefore, they must keep swimming continuously or rest on the bottom.
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9. Fishes have great senses

Regal queen
Regal queen

Fishes are supposed to have excellent sense of touch, taste and sight. Some even have good sense of hearing and smell. And what is more intriguing is that fish can feel pain and experience stress just like other mammals and birds.
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10. Fishes can drown

longhorn cowfish
Longhorn cowfish

It would be weird to say that fishes can drown, but that can actually happen. If there is not enough oxygen dissolved in the water, they actually drown.
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11. Fishes cannot Chew

aquatic lifeFishes could suffocate and die if they tried to chew because chewing would interfere with their passing of water over their gills.
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12. Deadly Puffer Fish

The Puffer Fish
The Puffer Fish

A special kind of fish, Puffer fish contains enough poison to kill 30 people. The toxin found in this fish is 1200 times deadlier than cyanide.
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13. Fishes make lot of noises even without vocal cords

fishesFishes make lot of noises to convey their messages. Even though they don’t have vocal cords, they use other parts to moan, grunt, boom, hiss, croak, shriek and wail.
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14. Rain of Fish

rain of fish festival, Yora
Rain of fish festival, Yora

A curious event of “RAIN OF FISH” occurs every year in the city Yoro in Honduras where hundreds of fishes rain from the sky.
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15. Male Fishes in British sea are changing sex

cichlidIn a recent research, it was found out that about one third of male fishes in British rivers are changing sex due to sewage and pollution in the rivers.
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