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Fish - Including Sharks

Fish are a diverse group of animals that include bony fish and cartilaginous fish, such as sharks. Here you'll find facts about fish and marine life profiles of different fish species.
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Fish - Facts About Fish
Facts about fish, including information on characteristics of fish, types of fish and where fish live.

Fastest Fish
Learn about the world's fastest fish species.

10 Facts About Ocean Sunfish
Learn facts about ocean sunfish - mola mola - how big it is, where it lives, what it eats, and how it reproduces.

Ray-Finned Fishes, the Actinopterygii
Facts about fishes - the ray-finned fishes, or Actinopterygii. Includes information about fish classification, feeding, reproduction and examples of ray-finned fishes.

Fish Anatomy
Fish anatomy - learn about the basic parts of a fish, with a graphic showing fish external anatomy.

Cod and the Pilgrims
Learn about the Pilgrims and how they were saved by cod, one of the most important fish in the Atlantic.

Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans)
Facts about the red lionfish, including what the red lionfish looks like, where it lives, its classification, reproduction, feeding and conservation status.

Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua)
Facts about the Atlantic Cod, including a description of the Atlantic cod, and information about the cod's classification, habitat, distribution, reproduction, feeding and conservation status.

7 Tuna Species
Tunas are large, powerful fish that are distributed worldwide from tropical to temperate oceans. They are members of the family Scombridae, which includes both tunas and mackerels. Below you can learn about the several species of fish known as tuna, and their importance commercially and as gamefish.

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)
Profile of the ocean sunfish, the world's largest bony fish species. Learn where the ocean sunfish lives, what it looks like and how the ocean sunfish feeds and reproduces.

Learn about the type of marine life called skates. Where do skates live? How do they eat and reproduce? Find out more by reading this marine life profile of skates.

Giant Frogfish (Commerson's Frogfish)
Information and facts about the giant frogfish, also known as Commerson's frogfish. Learn about how to identify a frogfish, what frogfish eat, how frogfish reproduce and where they live.

What is the Biggest Fish in the World?
The whale shark is the world's biggest fish, maxing out at about 65 feet in length and weighing up to about 75,000 pounds.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
Atlantic bluefin tuna are a large, fast, streamlined fish that lives in the pelagic zone. They are a popular sportfish due to demand for tuna for sushi and other dishes. Atlantic bluefin tuna can swim at speeds up to 50 mph. Learn facts about bluefin tuna, including tuna classification, habitat, distribution and conservation.

Southern Stingray (Dasyatis americana)
Southern Stingray

Ray-Finned Fishes - Actinopterygii
Ray-finned fishes are a diverse group of animals, but have common characteristics. They live in a wide range of habitats and comprise over half of all living vertebrate species.

Pygmy Seahorse
Profile of pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti), including pygmy seahorse classification, what pygmy seahorses eat, how they reproduce, and where they live.

Learn about the sailfish, one of the fastest fish on the planet.

Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
Facts about swordfish,a popular seafood and one of the fastest fish in the world.

Spotted Eagle Ray
Learn about how to identify a spotted eagle ray, eagle ray feeding habits, and where to see eagle rays.

Sharks - Questions and Answers About Sharks
Have questions about sharks? Start here, where you'll find a round-up of shark questions and answers, including how fast can a shark swim, do sharks lay eggs, what is the largest shark, and more.

Bigeye Thresher Shark (Alopias superciliosus)
The white shark, commonly called the great white shark, is one of the most iconic and feared predators of the ocean. With its razor-sharp teeth and menacing appearance, it certainly looks dangerous. But the more we learn about this creature, the more we learn they are not indiscriminate predators, and definitely don't prefer humans as prey....

Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus)
While its name may be deceiving, the whale shark is actually a shark, and the largest fish in the world. Whale sharks can grow to 65 feet in length and up to about 75,000 pounds in weight. Females are generally larger than males

Basking Shark Migration - Where Do Basking Sharks Go in the Winter?
Basking shark migration has been question by scientists for decades. It has been speculated that these animals, the world's second-largest fish, hibernate on the ocean bottom during the winter. A tagging study released in 2009 revealed that basking sharks head south in the winter, further than scientists ever dreamed.

Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)
Facts about the garibaldi fish - a brightly-colored fish that lives off the coast of California and Mexico.

Stoplight Parrotfish
Learn about the midnight parrotfish, a dark-colored parrotfish with striking blue markings.

Stoplight Parrotfish
Learn about the stoplight parrotfish, a color- and sex-changing fish that is a found in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

Profile of parrotfish - approximately 80 species of tropical fish with a beak-like jaw and brilliant coloration.

Manta Ray
Learn about the giant manta ray - the largest living ray species.

The term flyingfish or flying fish includes more than 60 species of fish that can glide long distances over the water. These fish live in tropical salt water habitats.

The term flyingfish or flying fish includes more than 60 species of fish that can glide long distances over the water. These fish live in tropical salt water habitats.

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