Uncommon Knowledge: Is your dad a cold fish?

You know, being a cold fish doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t a warm father. Take, for instance, the hardhead catfish (and whose dad couldn’t be a little hard-headed now and then!). These salt water swimmers live in the balmy waters of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. In spawning season, once their eggs are fertilized, the male catfish gathers them up in his mouth and holds them there for safekeeping until the little ones hatch and swim away a month later. How does he keep from accidentally swallowing one of his little ones? He simply doesn’t eat for the whole month. Now, that’s some committed fathering.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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