‘SHNAUZENORGAN’

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Welcome - Nathan Hill, As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

MAY well be my new favourite word. I never even knew it ex­isted un­til I read about it this month, and then it made me re­alise how this hobby is rid­dled with cool facts – cool facts and cooler-sound­ing words. Did you know, for ex­am­ple, that ele­phant­nose have the heav­i­est brain to body ra­tio of any an­i­mal on Earth? We used to think it was us hu­mans that packed the big­gest brains, but it turns out we got trumped by fish.

As for other awe­some words, I’m re­minded of ‘schreck­stoff’ which I came across a few years ago when re­search­ing pain and stress. It turns out that when some fish are hurt they re­lease a chem­i­cal that acts as a warn­ing to oth­ers not to get near, and that’s the name of the chem­i­cal.

Any­way, enough about me. What new words are you learn­ing this month? Let me know. Let­ters please!

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