Fish are aquatic, vertebrate, mostly cold-blooded animals that have scales, fins and gills and they inhabit seas, oceans, lakes and rivers. They need to spend all of their time in the water and although they can breathe air, they use their gills to get oxygen from the water. Most fish lay eggs but some fish, like great white sharks, give birth to live young called pups.

Fun Facts:

  • Fish don't have vocal cords but can make a variety of sounds to communicate by using other parts of their body to make noises.
  • Sharks are the only fish that have eyelids.
  • Most brands of lipstick contain fish scales.
  • Most fish can see in color and can see you looking at them in a fish tank.
  • The fastest fish is a sailfish and the slowest is a seahorse.
  • The most poisonous fish in the world is the stone fish.
  • There are approximately 32,000 different kinds of fish and new species are being discovered all the time.

Fish that might be found locally in lakes, rivers and streams are large and smallmouth bass, trout, walleyes, pike, chain pickerel, crappie, sunfish, white perch, catfish, gar, carp, spot, croaker, black sea bass, sand perch and bluegill.