Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Indestructible Creatures/Lungfish

Good afternoon everyone on this cool Wednesday afternoon, my Wednesday morning slipped away from me. I was up early enough at 6am read and commented on many blogs before going to my aqua class, after the class I came home got changed and went to get a fresh loaf of bread. I then came home and ate before going to feed Jessica's bunnies. As I had a headache I went and had a nap at 1.30pm.

I am going to do a few more indestructible creatures posts, why, well because I can or why not I ask.

Today I am talking about a Lungfish, have you heard of it, I had not.

Anyway a Lungfish has lungs and that means it can breathe air, some have gills as well, which they use to breathe underwater. Others only breathe air so they have to pop up to the surface to take a gulp every so often.

Of all fish the lungfish are the most closely related to humans an other land animals, as well as lungs the have strange, leg like fins that they can use to crawl around on.

Breathing air helps these fish to survive a drought, but some of them can drown underwater, now that is weird.

Lungfish mostly live in rivers and swamps that dry up at certain times of the year, to prepare for the dry season, a lungfish digs itself a burrow at the bottom of a river or pond, and covers itself in slimy mucus. This stops it from drying out, by breathing air and slowing its body down so that it doesn't need food, this means it can survive for months until the rains return and the river fills up.


Nancy Chan said...

Interesting! I have not heard of this fish.

CWMartin said...

Yep, lungfish is in my repertoire. I grew up watching Wild Kingdom and had an animal encyclopedia, so it takes a lot to stump me. And yet, you already have earlier in the series, so no Mr Big Shot for me...

Dee said...

Dear Jo-Anne, in the evolutionary chain that connects us all, is the lungfish one of our ancestors???? Peace.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Nancy........Glad you found the post interesting

Chris........At least some of us have heard of these creatures

Dee..........I had not heard of the Lungfish but found it interesting

Rita said...

Yes, I did know about lungfish. They are fascinating and quite adaptable, to say the least. :)

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