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boney skull of a catfish

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Very interesting

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 10:03am
vanessa's picture
vanessa says:

This a catfish's skull. As you can see the catfish's skull might look diffucilt to put it in h the catfishes head. But it does fit!!!

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 11:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This may look like a random pile of fall leaves but each is delicately hinged to the next and in happier days supported an animated 7 pound catfish from our very own Mississippi River!

Where do you think its whiskers attached?

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 1:40pm
Quincy's picture
Quincy says:

That seems too big to fit in a catfish's head. But it does!

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 7:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It was once one with a catfish, but now it is just a skull. It wasn't always like this.

posted on Sat, 06/02/2007 - 3:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think cat fish is good for human being thanks very much.

posted on Sat, 06/02/2007 - 4:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It looks so weird!!!!

posted on Sun, 06/03/2007 - 12:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it doesn't look like a skull at all actually. very cool.

posted on Sun, 06/03/2007 - 2:40pm
Rebecka Yaeger's picture
Rebecka Yaeger says:

this catfish is COOL!

posted on Sun, 06/03/2007 - 3:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Do catfish swim in milk?

posted on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 2:38pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Well not in the natural environment. And I doubt they would be able to survive for very long in a bucket of milk. I wonder why you ask??

posted on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 3:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what do catfish eat?


posted on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 10:07am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Pretty much anything.

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 3:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

gross and nasty

posted on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 12:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the cat fish bone is awsome.

posted on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 12:11pm
Billy Bob Joe Bob George's picture
Billy Bob Joe Bob George says:

I think you should have more dead animals

posted on Thu, 06/07/2007 - 12:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yey cat fish. woo

posted on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 9:28am
Heather's picture
Heather says:

It has a very large head for a fish. There are some people who like to eat them.

posted on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 11:38am
ivy hansen's picture
ivy hansen says:

I realy liked how it looks like. The teeth are so fascinating! They look like a Brillo brush. I'd like to know more about the function of the teeth. I so want to learn more about the inside of it. The bone is very light. I can't believe how you found that fish together.

posted on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 12:18pm
Tammy's picture
Tammy says:

This catfish skull is really old. It has lots of pokey edges. The skin has rotten away. It has been dead for a long time.

posted on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 12:50pm
science n' dude's picture
science n' dude says:

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posted on Sat, 06/09/2007 - 10:04am
007's picture
007 says:

eeeeeeeeeeeew a fish skull! but i like land animal skulls...

posted on Sat, 06/09/2007 - 12:19pm
swurley's picture
swurley says:

this is a skull. im eating a cookie. its oatmeal and chocolate chip. skulls cant eat cookies. we are the hottest people here. have a great day.

posted on Sat, 06/09/2007 - 1:44pm
james's picture
james says:

its cool!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 06/09/2007 - 4:29pm
mrs.burns's picture
mrs.burns says:

the catfish skull is awsome however, i would not have thought in a million years that this skull before me is the actual size of a carfish skull. well i guess we learn something new every day!!!!!

posted on Sun, 06/10/2007 - 2:20pm
brandon's picture
brandon says:

hi there! i was wondering if there was a hurricane in new york in 1930???????

posted on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 10:02am
Gracie's picture
Gracie says:

We went to Wisconsin to see my grandparents. When we were there we found a catfish, a dead catfish. That is what the skull is and it smelled bad.

posted on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 2:45pm
Ashley94's picture
Ashley94 says:

I found a catfish corpse by the lake at my cabin. I buried it in the sand. Was that the right thing to do?

posted on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 2:50pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

It probably didn't hurt. Whether it ends up on the shore or stays in the water, a dead catfish will decompose. Burying it may have slowed that process a little bit -- but, at the same time, probably hid the stink.

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 3:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

catfish skulls have been around for millions of years along with catfish

posted on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 3:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

soooper dooooper!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 9:46am
Doug's picture
Doug says:

It's a big fish!

posted on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 11:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

sad very very sad!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 12:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

catfish was a baseball player

posted on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 2:16pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

And threw a perfect game against the Twins in '68.

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 3:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It looks dangerous

posted on Wed, 06/13/2007 - 2:23pm
shagbah and shagmah's picture
shagbah and shagmah says:

the skull looks like a dinosaur skull

posted on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 12:35pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Lie here in this box
with no big whiskers or tail.
How'd'you like me now?

posted on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 2:50pm
J Olson's picture
J Olson says:

From looking at a catfish, it's hard to picture that it has a skull. They have such rubbery skin that they look like they are all rubber.

The skull looks like a part of a pine cone.

posted on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 5:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Fish noggin and pencil at odds in rocky relationship

posted on Fri, 06/15/2007 - 10:25am
mariah's picture
mariah says:

the catffish skull awsome

posted on Fri, 06/15/2007 - 1:16pm
carolyn's picture
carolyn says:

Bones are really interesting.

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 9:01am
zeke's picture
zeke says:

nice catfish skull!

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 12:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is a cat fish skull. wow neatooreeally to the max

posted on Sun, 06/17/2007 - 1:01pm
crystal's picture
crystal says:

Catfish are fish thateat algae on the bottom of the floor and if you don't clean them well they taste like dirt when you fry them

posted on Sun, 06/17/2007 - 3:22pm
Neb92's picture
Neb92 says:

The catfish skull is very interesting. I didn't know that their skulls were shaped like that.

posted on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 11:10am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This guy is a mix between a cat and a fish
It real life he was quite a dish
But look at those teeth, ish!
Meeting one of these would be my wish!

posted on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 1:54pm
Puddles the Panda's picture
Puddles the Panda says:

Catfish smell funny... Wheres the beef!?!?

posted on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 1:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 9:57am
zack's picture
zack says:

cool fun

posted on Tue, 06/19/2007 - 11:36am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

as my grandmother would say "it's got a lotta bones I didn't know that it had so meny bones" however I thought it was a aligator or crocodile or someth'n

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 11:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This reminds me of a tree. It looks just like a little brancg from a tree.

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 12:54pm
Summer Strecher's picture
Summer Strecher says:

It is weird thinking of what this really was. Now it looks just like nothing. Think about what it really was.

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 12:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that they are really uguy!!! you should too yea you should

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 1:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 1:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is funky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is cool how you get all of these bone things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 1:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like fishs

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 1:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

umm.. w/e u say

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 6:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 2:31pm
mom is  loser!!!!!'s picture
mom is loser!!!!! says:

eeeew!this is sooo gross! looks like my moms cooking!!!!!!:P

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 3:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

awesome looks like chicken, probably tatses like it too.

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 3:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 3:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This catfish skull looks like it was crushed because it isnt in very good condition!

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 9:12am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

On the contrary!

A catfish skull is made up of many small, loosely connected pieces. Usually, when the catfish dies and the body decomposes, the skull falls apart. This one is actually in pretty great condition.

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 9:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This catfish skull is cool!

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 11:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hello, i am very curious about that object. How did you guys find that skull?

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 1:51pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

We found it inside a dead catfish. Our scientists saw a dead fish floating in the river and added it to our collection. That's pretty much the only way to get a complete skull.

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 3:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Awesome! A cat fish skull! I've never seen a catfish before, so it's weird to see a skull. It does seem a little gross, but oh well, I don't care. And luckily it's NOT like my mom's cooking (my mom's cooking is MUCH better)

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 3:25pm
anonymous's picture
anonymous says:

catfish skull are so awesome!!!

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 6:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This skull reminds me of the fall...beautiful brown fallen leaves.

posted on Sat, 06/23/2007 - 3:51pm
Beth's picture
Beth says:

This skull comes from the pet catfish owned by the first conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. The pet's name was Bass Drum and it liked to eat minnows.

posted on Sun, 06/24/2007 - 2:03pm
lauren's picture
lauren says:

Did you know that catfish have whiskers but no scales?

posted on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 11:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The catfish is often found in lakes and rivers of minnesota!

posted on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 12:38pm
SAB's picture
SAB says:

Catfish: A Haiku

lives in water
swims, eats, breathes
a very interesting topic
kittycat fish

posted on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 1:00pm
Anonynous's picture
Anonynous says:

This catfish skull looks cool! I have never seem one before

posted on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 1:04pm
Melissa's picture
Melissa says:

I think it is a bodem feeder

posted on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 1:24pm
Maisie's picture
Maisie says:

bones! helps things walk and do stuff.

posted on Fri, 06/29/2007 - 12:51pm
Diana Schleisman's picture
Diana Schleisman says:

What is this I see?
Could you please tell me?
Is it from the air?
Is it from the earth?
It could be from the sea.

posted on Sat, 06/30/2007 - 5:28pm
Kristin's picture
Kristin says:

mmm catfish skulls my favorite. =]

well i meen its not that discusting.

pretty cool if you ask meee.


posted on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 11:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Look fishy to me

posted on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 4:44pm
Aly's picture
Aly says:

A Catfish Haiku

Oh Old Catfish Skull
You once were an odd catfish
Slurping the algae

posted on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 8:21am
Gretchen's picture
Gretchen says:

Wow that's pretty amazing.

posted on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 9:18am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

funky looking!!

posted on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 9:29am
Margaret's picture
Margaret says:

Catfish skulls are awesome! I once found one in my backyard while I was helping my mom plant some flowers. As soon as I found it I knew it was a skull of something. After that I did a lot of research on it. It is Preeeety cool!

posted on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 12:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it doesnt realy look like a humans skull!!! it looks kind of stretchy

posted on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 1:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is a catfish scull-i guess it is part of a catfish but that's just a wild guess.

posted on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 3:49pm
Sloe's picture
Sloe says:

The catfish is the jesus fish if you look close at the skull it resembles jesus hanging on the cross and the back of the skull looks like the sheild of the roman soldiers.

posted on Wed, 07/11/2007 - 9:19pm