6 Things You Always Wanted To Know
Catfish are a common topic of curiosity for many people. However, they can be difficult to answer or too embarrassing to ask.
We’ve spent a lot of time researching common questions about cats.
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What is the average life expectancy of catfish?
Answer: 24 years (blue and flathead)
Although many wild catfish don’t live to their maximum age in the wild, you will find that most species live longer than you might imagine.
Catfish, unlike other animals, grow indefinitely and get larger as they age. The theoretical limit on catfish growth is age, which means they can’t live forever. They can live to reasonable ages, according to human standards.
Snopes has debunked the 736-pound Mekong Giant, which was rumored at 170 years of age. However, you’ll see it often promoted by lazy websites that attempt to answer this question. It was just an over-stretched flathead that was released on April 1.
The truth is even more impressive.
In 2005, a 646-pound Mekong Giant measuring almost nine feet in height was captured on a rod & reel in Thailand. It didn’t grow to these incredible proportions overnight, as you can see.
The current world record for Mekong Giants was probably more old than the angler who caught it.
National Geographic states that the Mekong Giant can live for approximately 60 years if it is healthy. This fish is believed to be about that age.
Ken Paulie’s 123-pound. Flathead was not a spring chicken.
The shorter-lived catfish species, like the channel, blue and flathead, are not as prolific as the Mekong Giant. For example, flathead catfish have a maximum age of 24. Blues and channels are similar in age, with them growing steadily until their death.
What is the maximum time that a catfish can live without water?
Answer: Several hours (blue channel, flathead, and channel catfish).
Catfish are truly survivors. One reason they thrive in places where other species fail, is their ability to tolerate low oxygen levels. This gives catfish an advantage in stagnant lakes and rivers, as well as slow-moving rivers. Any serious catfisherman will tell you that catfish will find a way to survive.
Some catfish species can actually breathe air and walk short distances to better habitats.
This catfish that breathes air can “walk” on its pectoral fins in order to find a better home.
It sounds like a joke, but it is true. This feat is possible because the Clariidae catfish family can do it, greatly increasing their survival rate.
Other species of catfish are able to draw oxygen through their skin, provided it is kept moist. This allows them to resist droughts and bury themselves in the mud.
Common American species such as the flathead, channel, and blue are tough. They lack the suprabranchial orifice that allows them to breathe on dry land and can’t absorb oxygen through skin.
They can still survive for hours without water, which is a testimony to their low oxygen requirements. They can sometimes survive for longer periods of time in some cases.
Are catfish fond of garlic?
The short answer is yes
It is a mistake to consider a catfish’s skin leather. Instead, think of a tongue and nose covering their body that allows them to smell and taste the water.
Louisiana State University’s Dr. John Caprio explains that catfish have swimming tongues. It’s impossible to touch a single spot on a catfish without touching thousands upon thousands of taste buds. It’s like your tongue was growing out of your body.
Catfish have around 250,000 chemo receptors that act like taste buds and an olfactory system so they can detect amino acids in concentrations as low as one part per 100,000,000
Although garlic is not something they encounter in the wild, its strong smell and flavor attracts catfish to it. Catfish can easily pick up garlic and, as anglers will tell you, they run!
Do catfish like soap?
The short answer is yes
This bait is almost unheard of by catfish.
Catfish bait is surprisingly effective with ivory soap.
Plain Ivory soap can be cut into small pieces and placed onto a hook to mimic garlic. Some anglers marinate their soap in garlic or other strong flavors to enhance its effectiveness.
The smell and taste of soap attracts attention, not catfish. Ivory soap has been used to catch large numbers of cats.
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Is it possible for catfish to live in brackish or salt water?
The short answer is yes for short periods
Ariopsis catfish is one of many species of catfish that prefer saltwater. You’ll find them in shallow, murky waters, including brackish estuaries, when you hunt the warm waters off Florida’s coast.
Blues, channels, flatheads and flatheads are freshwater animals that can be found more frequently in rivers, lakes and ponds. However, they’re just as tough as any other species.
Saltiness is an important factor in fish health. Too much salt can cause illness or death. However, “too much” can be relative as fish such as the bull shark can tolerate fresh water well enough for them to hunt freshwater rivers and brackish estuaries.
Catfish can be found in brackish areas, especially after heavy rains.
Although common species of catfish may not be as adaptable to high-salinity environments as the bull shark, their legendary durability makes them far more resilient than you might think.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has revealed that blue catfish, an invasive species in many Chesapeake Bay Tributaries, can tolerate higher salinities than most freshwater fishes. They may therefore be able expand their range downstream to mainstem Chesapeake water and then into new Bay tributaries, Delaware Bay, and beyond.
“The laboratory experiments revealed that blue cats can survive for up to three days in waters as high as 17 psu [closely related to the salinity in seawater].”
They can benefit from wet weather that lowers the salinity in local waters to increase their range. This allows them to swim to new areas through waters that have been closed to other species.
It is possible to find freshwater species both in saltwater and brackish water, but it is not common.
Why does catfish have whiskers
The short answer is to allow them to hunt prey under low-visibility conditions.
Barbels are a term for all catfish. However, the exact number of whiskers varies from species to species. These long appendages were the reason for their name. They are visually similar to cat whiskers.
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However, this is where the similarities end.
Catfish use their barbels for taste and search the bottom for any scents of prey. These organs, like their skin, are covered with a dense network if chemical taste buds that allows them to hunt at low visibility.
These barbels are completely harmless, despite the fact that they can sting.
The most dangerous part of a catfish is its spines. They are attached to venom sacks that can inflict severe injuries.