Fish represent one of the largest and most diverse collections of species on the planet. But are you better off as a goldfish or a catfish? A flying fish or a flounder? TierZoo looks at handful of these popular underwater vertebrates, and how they’ve had to adapt to survive in the marine meta.
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“He lives on the floor of the sea, not on the roof like a duck do.” If there’s one thing you can count on at the bottom of the ocean, its weird looking stuff. ZeFrank introduces us to a funky fish that scurries about with fins that resemble stubby little legs, munching on shellfish, and grumping about other fish that have the same name.
We already know that it’s possible to survive a swimming pool filled with sharks, but do you stand the same chance when facing a vat filled with bloodthirsty, carnivorous fish? What If is here with their thoughts on what really might happen. If this video didn’t answer your question, watch this.
Each year, millions of grey mullets make their way along the coast of Florida, remaining close to the beach to steer clear of deep water predators. But in this clip from BBC Earth’s Seven Worlds, One Planet, you’ll witness just what happens when tarpons, pelicans, and sharks get near the massive school of fish.
When young, the striped eel catfish likes to stick close to its siblings. In fact, they travel so close together that they look like some kind of larger creature made up of smaller creatures. The Abyss Diving School Bali shared this incredible footage of a school of the fish as they made their way across the ocean floor in Jelemuk Bay.
Everything we knew about mudskippers before today, we learned from The Ren and Stimpy Show. Now ZeFrank is here to set us straight on these unusual fishes that can live both in the water and out. If there’s any creature that shows how evolution works, it’s this funky little dude.
Artist Young-Sung Kim captured time-lapse footage over the course of ten months, as he painstakingly created a hyper-real oil painting of a fish. Everything looks so incredibly shiny, we just want to reach out and touch it. The painting is currently for sale from Saatchi Art.
In this fascinating and beautifully shot footage from BBC Earth’s Blue Planet II, we get an up-close look at the interaction between a Portuguese man O’ war and two fish – one who has built up a resistance to its deadly stinging tentacles, and another which isn’t so lucky.
A self-contained tank that provides a safe habitat for jellyfish. It’s got no sharp edges, filter and pump systems, and a color-changing LED lamp to show off these incredible sea creatures. Kits available with or without jellies. Super early birds can get the tank and jellyfish for $200.
WIRED looks one of nature’s stranger creations – the mudskipper, an odd little dude who’s somewhere between fish and reptile, able to crawl out of the water and walk on land, while still breathing through water it stores in its cheeks. Also, they remind us of Ren & Stimpy.
We’re guessing that YouTuber Eli F doesn’t live near a public aquarium, so maybe that’s why he decided to build a massive reef aquarium into his living room. The water’s surface can be exposed to the sun to help nourish the living coral. See Eli swim and feed his fish here.
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