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All About Fish

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Clownfish

Clownfish.
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What distinguishes fish from the other animal classes? 

Fish are a class of aquatic vertebrates.  The combination of gills, fins and the fact that they live only in the water make fish different from all other animals.


Beautiful FIsh

Some fish are beautiful...
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Not so beautiful fish.

And some...not so much.
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Fish spend all of their lives in the water and are cold-blooded with the exception of Tuna family and the Mackerel shark family.


Yes! A seahorse is a fish.

Yes!
A seahorse is a fish.
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Lion Fish or Scorpion Fish

Lion Fish or Scorpion Fish
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Scientists believe that there are more than 24,000 
different species of fish in the world.


The Whale Shark is the largest fish.

The Whale Shark is the largest 
member of the fish family.
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They range in size from the largest, Whale shark at 16 m (51 ft) long, to the smallest the 8 mm (1/4 in.) Stout Infantfish.


Shark skeletons are made of carilage not bone.

Shark skeletons are made 
of cartilage not bone.
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Most fish have a skeleton made of bone but some, like sharks, have a skeleton made of cartilage.

 

Take a Break!
On-Line Activity:   Fish Tic-Tac-Toe

 


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