Fish Superpowers - Anatomy, Physiology, Evolution, Genetics, Koi Characteristics, Koi/Fish Welfare

Spike reviewed Professor Victoria Barithwaite's book - "Do Fish Feel Pain?" and you can find that post earlier in this blog.   The University of Sydney recently recorded a lecture by the author, and the link to the audio is available by clicking on the title or picture...

Around 400 million years ago, fish left the water and started to evolve into land-loving creatures. But how did the transition happen? A new and unusual experiment could shed some light on the kinds of changes that enabled fins to become limbs. Researchers took a fish species known to be able to walk on its fins from time to time, and raised it on land. Watch the fish promenade in this Nature Video by clicking on the title or picture...

A new fish counting method has revealed there are ten times more fish in the sea than we previously thought. Click on the title or picture to get the link to the short video.

When we drink salt water, it can kill us, yet our oceans are teaming with life.  Why can some species survive in salt water while others can't?  Get the link for the short video by clicking on the title or picture...

Scientists have found that tooth enamel may have evolved from ancient fish scales and bones.  How did that happen?  Get the link to the short video by clicking on the picture or title.

Scientist recently used 350 million-years-old fish fossils to find new insights on human evolution and the origins of tails. In this video from Minute Earth, get some further insight on the fish predecessors we bony land creatures evolved from.  Get the link for the short video by clicking on the title or picture...

Fish are unique in their ability to absorb minerals not only from their diets but also from water!  Read the abstract for this study by clicking on the title or picture...

Koi have many adaptations that allow them to survive not just in ponds, but also in wild areas where people don't want them!  What is a nuisance to Tasmania provides excellent insight as to why Koi Keeping should be so easy!  And also why Koi should NEVER be released into the wild!  Read the article by clicking on the picture or title.

Here's a an excellent primer on fish genetics, including a discussion of PCR testing.  Read the paper which specifically discusses carp by clicking on the title or picture...

This is an excellent article on the part that minerals play in Koi health.  While it ends with by recommending a product that is not available in the USA, the rest of the article is very worthwhile.  Read the text by clicking on the title or picture...

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