Feel Good Friday: A Kiss With a Fish is Better Than None…
Fish can be found in virtually every aquatic environments, from high mountain streams (e.g., char and gudgeon) to the abyssal and even hadal depths of the deepest oceans (e.g., gulpers and anglerfish). Ranging in size from the tiny 8 millimetre (0.3in) stout infantfish to the huge 16 metre (52ft) whale shark and encompassing a whopping 32,400 known species, fish exhibit greater species diversity than any other group of vertebrates.
Human-created problems such as overfishing, habitat destruction and the introduction of exotic species to alien environments have wreaked havoc with population numbers across hundreds of species around the globe. Indeed, the 2006 IUCN Red List names 1,173 fish species that are threatened with extinction.
With World Oceans Day just a week ago, we all need to remember to show our aquatic second-cousins-thrice-removed a little more love. So go on, kiss a fish this weekend. Or if you can’t manage that, then at least remember to reduce, reuse, recycle - ‘cause every little helps!