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Trivia Tuesday Answer

The heaviest fish is the Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, with an average weight of 1000 kg (2200 lbs for those not used to metric).  That’s huge.

They tend to bask on their side, creating a broad platform in the ocean.

Mola mola basking

Funny story about that.  We got talking about Mola mola during Ecology of Fish.  Our professor had a suggestion… “Jump on a mola mola like a trampoline. Won’t hurt them.”  The way he said it makes me think he’s done it…

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Trivia Tuesday Answer

Remember this question from last week?

What family of fish (common name is fine) was the first recorded deep sea anglerfish discovered?

Hint: J. C. H. Reinhardt was the first one to describe the genus in 1837.

Himantolophus groenlandicus

Such a pretty fish, eh?  That’s a football fish, Himantolophus groenlandicus.  Wouldn’t that be a fun thing to pull up instead of a flounder?

Thanks to all those folks who responded.  New question should be up at noon.

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Trivia Tuesdays

Back for more Trivia Tuesdays!  The answer will be up next week, so you’ve got plenty of time to hit up your friendly neighborhood Google if you don’t know the answer.

What family of fish (common name is fine) was the first recorded deep sea anglerfish discovered?

Hint: J. C. H. Reinhardt was the first one to describe the genus in 1837.

Good luck.  And remember, its a great time to hit up our Ask Box and send us questions as well.  We can answer anything from critters to tanks to why did we do this?

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Oh, and remember this Trivia Tuesday question?

Off the coast of which country was the coelacanth rediscovered in 1938?

It never got answered.  

So, since we know you’ve all  been dying to know where the coelacanth was rediscovered off of the coast of South Africa.  In a fish market.  And all the local fisherman knew about them. They were junk fish ‘cause they just weren’t good eating.

On a semi-related note, I’m still hoping a dodo pops out of a bush somewhere and the last specimen wasn’t thrown out and burned with the morning trash.

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Hey all.

Sorry about the lack of posts the past few weeks.  With the end of summer (and the end of summer jobs or the start of school) things have been rather hectic.  We will return to our normal schedule of posting when things settle down into an actual schedule again.  In the meantime, check out some of the other awesome marine blogs out there or pop us a message with things you’d like to see on the site.

Oh, and here’s a distraction from our lack of posting…

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