Fish is new record holder

Another record holder: Sign touting Paris, Tennessee, as the 'Home of the World's Biggest Fish Fry
Another record holder: Sign touting Paris, Tennessee, as the 'Home of the World's Biggest Fish FryCourtesy Photo by Dieter C. Ullrich, for Worlds Biggest Fish Fry, a Tennessee Local Legacies project
Looks like the world of piscine superlatives has a new leader in the Deepest Living Fish category. The highly-pressurized Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis, has been videotaped feeding on shrimp at a depth of 4.8 miles. That’s a lot atmospheres crushing down on it, but it doesn’t seem to mind.

Scientists from the UK and Japan used remote controlled robots with cameras to film the feed-fest in the Japan Trench located around the Pacific Rim. Seventeen of the fish can be seen in the video scurrying about the ocean floor. You can see watch video of the new record holders here.

You notice the category is for Deepest LIVING Fish. The record for deepest of any fish is held by Abyssobrotula galatheae, a fish scooped up from the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench. Unfortunately, it was dead, so it was competing in an entirely different category.

Well, anyway, both fish join the ranks of other gilled record holders. And while we’re at it, we may as well review them. The title for smallest is held currently by Paedocypris progenetica, a bizarre little creature discovered living in highly acidic waters on the island of Sumatra. It’s about the length of your thumbnail, and also holds the record for smallest vertebrate. On the other hand, the world’s largest fish is the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). If any of you guessed it was the blue whale, you need to turn off your Xbox machines and bask in my pity. By the way, the whale shark can grow up to 40 feet long, so I guess it’s also the world’s longest.

The world’s slowest fish is the seahorse (Hippocampus sp.) which drags along at .001 per hour, and would take about an hour to move five feet. The sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus, which has been clocked at 68 miles per hour, is the fastest. Not bad for giant-finned brute that can weigh up to 200 pounds.

The winner of the World’s Ugliest Fish is as yet undecided, and probably has something to do with the fact there’s not even a category for Most Beautiful Fish. But I think the right choice was made for the Scariest Fish. You wouldn't want to meet him in a dark sewer.

I suppose the record holder of the Funniest Fish title could be the clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris), but the category seems too broad. Funniest how? Looking? Tasting? Ability to tell a joke? The Dumbest Fish in the World category is equally too broad? Again, it depends on the criteria. It certainly could be the spawning moronic salmon you always see on nature programs jumping right into the waiting jaws of a hungry grizzly bear. Or it could be all fish.

Since I’ve taken it this far, here are some lesser-known categories. I suppose the Fastest Fish Recipe could somehow involve a sailfish, but I doubt the World’s Biggest Fish Fry in Paris, Tennessee has anything to do with the whale shark.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

WA96HI's picture
WA96HI says:

I would like to know thw Worlds longest living fish! Because mine has lied 3 years!

posted on Fri, 11/28/2008 - 4:05pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

I don't know how good recordkeeping has been regarding your question, but a quick Google search showed domestic goldfish can live 20-25 years if fed and treated well. One goldfish is said to have lived for 41 years.

But some species of koi fish are known to have lived for about 200 years. Koi are ornamental fish (carp) you'll sometimes see in park and garden ponds. One site said some species of rockfish are some of the longest living fish and at least one has been documented to have lived for 205 years.

posted on Fri, 11/28/2008 - 5:29pm
The Koi Man's picture

Depends the quality of water. Remember, bad filtration means they live in their own pee and pooh-pooh. Can't live long like that.

posted on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 4:32pm
Madi Cardenas's picture
Madi Cardenas says:

i just love sharks. i want to save all endangered shark species. if i were able to save an animal, i would choose the shark. really any kind of shark.

posted on Wed, 04/01/2009 - 2:34pm
Heidi Cardenas's picture
Heidi Cardenas says:

Sharks are cool, but why are they endangered?? Which ones are endangered?

posted on Sat, 08/01/2009 - 7:48am

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