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Can you tell us the age of a fish?

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. Like the picture … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 1

Bluefin Tuna Perhaps the most iconic of endangered fish, the bluefin tuna occupies most of the northern Atlantic Ocean. One of the fastest fish in the sea, this species can grow to a length of 10 feet and weigh more … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 2

Maltese Ray Historically, the Maltese ray populated the Mediterranean Sea in the coastal waters of Italy, Algeria, Malta and Tunisia. Today, its range is limited to the heavily-fished Strait of Sicily, a 90-mile-wide channel between Italy and Tunisia. Though little … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 3

Goliath Grouper All species of grouper are endangered to some extent, but the Goliath Grouper is particularly threatened. Also known as the jewfish, it lives in the subtropical areas of the eastern Pacific (from Baja California to Peru) and the … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 4

European Eel Found primarily in the North Atlantic and the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas, European eel face a unique set of survival challenges. They have a fascinating development cycle, which begins with their birth out at sea and continues in … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 5

Bocaccio Rockfish Of the more than 70 species of rockfish living off the United States’ west coast, the bocaccio rockfish is one of the most endangered. While this 3-foot fish reaches reproductive age sooner than many overfished species — as … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 6

Winter Skate The winter skate is a fascinating species known to deter predators and stun prey with a quick jolt of electricity. Most are found in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada to North … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 7

Orange Roughy Also known as the “slimehead,” the orange roughy has a wide-ranging habitat that includes the coasts of New Zealand, Australia, Namibia and the northeast Atlantic Ocean. Its life expectancy is up to 149 years, and it reaches sexual … Continue reading

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Top 10 MOst Endangered Fish: Number 8

Acadian Redfish This species of North Atlantic fish grows to about 20 inches in length and can live as long as 50 years. Like other overfished species, the Acadian redfish is slow-growing and reaches reproductive age late — at about … Continue reading

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Smallest fish in the world

Scientists have discovered a fish living in forest swamps on the Indonesian island of Sumatra that is only 7.9mm long. The species of fish belongs to the carp family and is called Paedocypris progenetica . It is the world’s smallest … Continue reading

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