Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fish Names

Slimehead (southernfriedscience.com)
While clicking around the WWW, I got distracted by fish names.

The Slimehead (aka orange roughy) got its name from mucus-filled canals on its head. Scientists believe that this feature allows slimeheads to sense predators (but not fishing trawlers, unfortunately), and is the reason that they can live more than 100 years.

Assfish (nationalgeographic.com)
The assfish is "actually a type of cusk-eel, an eel-like fish that resembles a 'glorified tadpole, with a bulbous head and a tapering tail.'" Assfish bodies are “soft and flabby, and their skeleton is light and reduced."

Slippery dick (mirror.co.uk)
The slippery dick "wrasse is a small sized fish that can reach a maximum length of 35 cm." It is a protogynous hermaphrodite; in other words slippery dicks are born female and become males later in life.

No matter how old I get, there will always be an 8-year-old boy crying to get out.

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