No Bones About It
A paddlefish doesn’t have a single bone in its body. Its skeleton is made of cartilage, the same tissue found in the tip of your nose.
Big Fish, Tiny Food
Paddlefish pack on pounds by eating itty-bitty crustaceans, insects, and other animals that drift as plankton.
A paddlefish’s snout detects electrical signals put out by living creatures. This helps the fish zero in on clouds of plankton.
Paddlefish swim with their mouths wide open. As water flows in, comblike “teeth” in the gills trap plankton to eat.
Paddlefish eggs stick to whatever they touch. This keeps them from getting swept away by river currents.
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