ONE BIG FISH!

ONE BIG FISH!

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We had to head back to the University for a few days last week to honor one of our dear students who we lost. We’re back in the Amazon Rainforest today to meet a large fresh water fish- the arapaima.

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Date: 9/19

Location: Amazon Rainforest

Arapaima Facts:

  • Arapaima have long torpedo shaped bodies.
  • Arapaima scales are hard, heavy and are covered in minerals. These help protect them.
  • They are the largest fresh water fish on earth.

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  • They do have gills, but use a specialized organ to breathe air from the surface too.
  • They come to the surface every 5 to 15 minutes to breathe.
  • Male arapaima protect the babies in their mouths until they are big enough to protect themselves.
  • Arapaima have bony tongues.
  • While they are listed as data deficient by the IUCN, they are listed as endangered by CITES and are protected from over fishing.

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Arapaima are amazingly cool fish! Did you know there were fish that breathed air too? Isn’t that neat? It’s a great adaptation to have when you live in water that may not be very oxygen rich. We’re off to meet some new friends tomorrow!

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