Archerfish : Bullseye

Archerfish (Toxotes spp.) are – how to put this politely? – small, kind of unremarkable- and certainly inoffensive-looking fish of tropical Asia. So why are they so (relatively) famous? Famous enough that the US Navy got into the habit of naming submarines after them. There can’t be that many people who don’t know exactly what makes archerfish special – the clue’s in the name, after all.

The trick these fish are pulling off looks kind of simple at first glance. But, as with everything in Nature, there’s more going on than meets the eye. Time to incorporate some (very gentle, very simple) physics into the Wild Episode, and enjoy the modest wonder that is the archerfish’s water-based machine gun …


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Coelacanth : The King of the Sea

The coelacanth(s) (Latimeria chalumnae and Latimeria menadoensis – yes, there are two different kinds of them) must be amongst the most famous fish in the entire world. And rightly so, since their discovery was one of the most astounding zoological moments of the 20th century.

But they’re not just famous. They’re also a bit misunderstood, and bit mysterious. They are not really living fossils, or missing links. They are fish that give birth to live young, hunt by doing a headstand and carry in their bodies a blueprint that in some ways connects them more closely to you and me than to all the other fish in the oceans …

Welcome to the world of the King of the Sea …

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