can mudskippers breathe underwater|walking fish|

can mudskippers breathe underwater|walking fish|

 can mudskippers breathe underwater

can mudskippers breathe underwater
can mudskippers breathe underwater

Here’s one of those strange animals with no shortage of peculiar features. The mudskipper is a walking fish that has the ability to operate out of the water as long as it keeps itself moist at all times. It cannot stay underwater indefinitely and is able to breathe through its skin in a similar fashion as amphibians do. It also has water pockets in its gills that allows it to function over land the same way a scuba diver does when underwater and breathes from its air tanks – it just happens in a reverse way for the mudskipper.


Strange animals can do tricks and should join the circus

These strange sea animals are very active even when out of the sea. They are not merely able to skip around on land but when they do so they can flip themselves up to 60 centimeters in the air! Not bad! Their bodies are very muscular and they seem to make good use of them. When hopping around, their movements are coordinated by muscles that would be the equivalent of our pectorals. They keep the whole of their bodies rigid and create a forward motion using their pectorals and the tiny elbows they have on their fins. They can also move up and stick to objects in vertical positions.


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These strange animals are actively interacting with each other and are defending their territories when the need be. They like to swim sideways and with their heads above water where they use their frog-like eyes as periscopes. They will dig intricate burrows with their mouths deep into the mud when breeding children. These hiding places can have more than one entrance and be deeper than a meter. Air pockets allow the mudskipper to breathe inside is underground network. It is all quite effective to hide from predators.

can mudskippers breathe underwater
can mudskippers breathe underwater


They can survive on land but not in a bowl of soup

It is mostly in hot and humid tropical and subtropical areas of the world that these strange animals found a place to stay. Look for them on coastal seashores of the Indian and Pacific oceans. As is the case for most creatures in the world, their natural habitat has been greatly compromised by the actions of man. Unfortunately for the little hoppers, Chinese, Koreans and Japanese like to eat them in soups. Think of it as the Asian equivalent of the European snail dish or the African grilled grasshopper snack. They are also taken as pets but you know this is a bad idea.

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