- Scallops swim with jet-propelled speed by clapping its shell open and shut.
- A scallop has thirty-five eyes, all of which are blue.
- One way to tell the age of a fish is by looking at its scales. They have growth rings just like trees. These are called circuli. Clusters of them are called annuli. Each annuli show one year.
- Salmon can live in fresh water and salt water
- Fish have gel-slime on their bodies that protects them from parasites.
- Fish swimming at depths of 15,000 feet (almost 3 miles down!) can withstand a pressure of 7,000 pounds per square inch. They are able to live in these crushing depths by pumping gas into their swim bladder.
- Fish have been on the earth for more than 450 million years.
- Fish were well established long before dinosaurs roamed the earth.
- There are more species of fish than all the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined.
- Fish have a specialized sense organ called the lateral line which works much like radar and helps them navigate in dark or murky water.
- The largest fish is the great whale shark which can reach fifty feet in length.
- The most poisonous fish in the world is the Stone fish
- Fish do not have eyelids and therefore cannot blink. This is because the purpose of blinking is to hydrate the eyes; tear ducts produce moisture, and blinking spreads that moisture over the surface of the eye. Since fish live in water they have no need for this.
- All the sturgeon (the fish from which we get caviar) caught in British waters are property of the Queen
- Clams start out as males. At some point, they decide to become female and switch. Oysters are also capable of changing sexes, sometimes doing so multiple times during its lifetime.
Fish and shellfish are amazing hence the reason at Alaskan Harvest Seafood we strive to get sustainable products to protect these precious organisms.
Fun Fish Facts