Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Could fish be worse than snakes on a plane?
If you thought snakes were bad news on a plane then you obviously haven't read this article in the New York Times that says there are over 1200 species of venomous fish running loose in earth's waters. In addition to the Lionfish which been sighted in the waters of the Carolinas, the article also mentions several fish including Jacks as being venomous.
Although previous researchers estimated that there were about 200 species of venomous fish, Dr. Smith and Ward C. Wheeler, a curator at the museum, recently published a study suggesting at least 1,200. Many carry their venom in spines and barbs, some in fangs. Though the 1,200 species are not new, scientists did not know they were venomous. Now, biologists may need to rethink some of their old ideas, Dr. Smith said. "With very few exceptions, everything we thought was wrong," he said.