N1 offer the best quality meat in Cape Town and Johannesburg, but in addition to their wholesale meat range, they also offer a wide variety of Halaal fish and frozen food products. With Easter around the corner and everyone starting to think about picked fish and other fish dishes to serve on the long weekend, we thought we’d have a little fish fun and turn to our favourite source for trivia, FactRetriever.
Priding themselves on providing interesting facts for the curious mind, here are our favourite:
- Starfish don't have a brain or blood, and they’re actually not fish – neither are jellyfish.
- The oldest known age for a fish was an Australian lungfish – in 2003, it was still alive and well at 65 years old.
- The oldest fishhook ever found dates back to about 42,000 years ago.
- Electric eels and electric rays have enough electricity to kill a horse.
- Sharks are the only fish that have eyelids.
- Most fish can see in colour and use colours to camouflage themselves or defend themselves and their territory.
- On average, flying fish can glide 50m, but have been known to glide as far as 200m. And they can reach heights up to 6m.
- A fish can drown in water. Like humans, fish need oxygen, so if there isn’t enough oxygen in the water, they will suffocate.
- The fish in the middle of a school control the school. The fish on the outside are guided by those in the middle. Only bony fish can swim in highly coordinated groups.
- Most fish cannot swim backwards. Those that can are mainly members of one of the eel families.
- The biggest fish in the world is the giant whale shark, which can grow to the length of two school buses – it weighs over 25 tons and eats mainly plankton.
- The most poisonous fish in the world is the stone fish. Its sting can cause shock, paralysis, and even death if not treated within a few hours.
- The fastest fish is the sailfish. It can swim as fast as a car travels on the highway.
- Seahorses are the only fish that swim upright, they are the slowest swimmers and can also move their eyes separately – one eye can look forward while the other looks backward.
- The mudskipper is a fish that spends most of its time out of water and can ‘walk’ on its fins – it carries a portable water supply in its gill chambers when it leaves the water.
- There are approximately 32,000 different kinds of fish in the world today, which is more than all the other kinds of vertebrates combined.
Having said that, scientists have explored only 1% of our ocean depths; they believe millions of new kinds of animals and fish are down there, just waiting to be discovered – so who knows how many kinds of fish there actually are in the world. And then finally, here’s a fun fact especially for us grammar gurus: apparently in research circles the term ‘fish’ is used when referring to one species of fish (e.g., 10 salmon are 10 fish) – the term ‘fishes’ is used when referring to more than one species (e.g., 10 salmon, 3 trout, and 1 angel fish are 14 fishes).
And that concludes are trivia for the day, be sure to call N1 to stock up on all your Halaal fish needs in time for Easter, and don’t forget their range of wholesale frozen vegetables – great side dishes to deliciously complement any meal.