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Show and Tell: Amphipods


Show and Tell: Sebastes
Redmond O'Hanlon Writer
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Now these, these are redfish, Sebastes, and you can see they've come up from a big depth. They have got big eyes, but the eyes have popped out. Now unlike those fish we saw, marlinspikes, huge median line receptors, so on and so on, these have gone for a speed and a bit of protection, defence. That's their strategy. Three different species, Norway haddock. They've got scales, for a start, so that's... it's a pain to eat scales, so that helps them. And they're fast. They're rigid. They really can move. But they pay a price for that, because on these scales, these terrible things, these copepods, can get a grip. And on some of these fish, the parasite streams out behind them. And the head is in the fish. Massive, fruiting bodies coming out. And you just get drained away. I mean, what can you do? You can't reach around with your hands and pluck the thing out. You've had it. So it's easy for parasites to get into scales, is what I'm saying. But you've got speed.

British author Redmond O’Hanlon writes about his journeys into some of the wildest places in the world. His travels have taken him into the jungles of the Congo and the Amazon, he has faced some of the toughest tribes alive today, and has sailed in the hurricane season on a trawler in the North Atlantic. In all of this, he explores the extremes of human existence with passion, wit and erudition.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: Wyville-Thomson Ridge, Northeast Atlantic

Duration: 1 minute, 33 seconds

Date story recorded: July - September 2008

Date story went live: 01 November 2017