Did you know that scientists figure out the age of a fish by counting growth rings on its scales or ear bones?
Do you know how many 1-pound lobsters it takes to get a pound of lobster meat? (Hint: the one pictured to the right does NOT weigh a pound!)
Did you know that scientists think seals can use their whiskers to feel vibrations from swimming prey? Blind seals in the wild seem to be able to hunt and feed without sight.
Terrific Sea Turtles
Did you know that all six kinds of turtles found in U.S. waters — green, hawksbill, Kemp's ridley, leatherback, loggerhead and olive ridley — are protected by the Endangered Species Act?
Did you know that the right whale got its name because it was the "right" whale to hunt, because is slow moving and it floats after being killed? It is now the most endangered species of whale off of the U.S. coasts.
Edgar Kleindinst of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center created the original version of this site in 1993, based on the article "Being a bouillabaisse of fascinating facts about fish: the most-asked questions," in NOAA Magazine, April and July of 1973. The site was one of the very first Fisheries web pages and was recognized with agency-wide awards.