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Fish Learn in Schools, Too! (Part 2 of 2)
When a school of fish is attacked or startled, why don’t the fish run into each other? Find out on today’s Creation Moments Minute.
Fish radiate away from a threat like exploding fireworks because they can all see each other; they know where the fish next to them are going. But schooling fish also have special organs, called lateral lines, running along the length of their bodies just under the skin. These organs are filled with sensitive hairs which sense the movement of water around the fish so that each fish has a better sense of the speed and direction of its neighbor from subtle movements in the water.
The advantages of schooling, plus the special organs that schooling fish have to help them school, are not the products of genetic accidents and chance. They are testimony to a Creator Who cares for all the creatures He has made
For Creation Moments Minute dot com, I’m Darren Marlar.
Ref: Lemonick, Michael D., 1985, “Who do fish fraternize in formation?” Science Digest, Apr., p. 88.