The Fish

Why is the scale, slimy, dim-witted beast we know as the fish one of the most common household pets in the world? Fish fascinate us because they live in an alien world. But we don’t just keep or eat fish. One Roman emperor used a tank of hungry moray eels to punish disobedient slaves, and wearing an electric fish proved an excellent cure for headache.

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Why would anyone want a pet fish? They just swim around… and around… and around their bowl, day after day. So why is this scaly, slimy, dim-witted beast one of the most common household pets in the world?

Fish fascinate us because they live in an alien world. We may not be comfortable in the cold and dark water, but 24,000 kinds of fish are. The only time most of us get to see them is on the dinner table, since each year some 100 million tons of fish are hauled out of the water. But we don’t just eat fish. One Roman emperor used a tank of hungry morays eels to punish disobedient slaves, and wearing an electric fish proved an excellent cure for a headache.

So perhaps it’s time to take another look at the humble fish. As we discover the beauty and wonder of fishes in their natural environment, perhaps we all may one day learn to love a “cold fish”.

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The Bee

30 mins / 2001

The Shark

30 mins / 2001

The Whale

30 mins / 2001

The Parrot

30 mins / 2001

The Fish

30 mins / 2001

The Butterfly

30 mins / 2001

The Ram

30 mins / 2001

The Dog

30 mins / 2001

The Cat

30 mins / 2001

The Worm

30 mins / 2001

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2 Minutes / 2007

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