Happy Fun Science Friday!!



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So for a number of years I have been celebrating Fun Science Friday; a mini-holiday that originated years ago when I was in graduate school. Our professor would bring Smarties to class each Friday, and we students would have some fun science exercise before diving into the more intricate nuances of the course. I was thoroughly enamored with FSF,  and not just because of those delicious Smarties, and endeavored to spread FSF wherever I went (some places were more receptive than others). I have finally been convinced by the Southern Fried crew to move my rather informal celebration of FSF, where I normally post a fun science fact each Friday, to generating a short blog about what I would normally post. So to all the Southern Fried readers, welcome to Fun Science Friday!!

Each Friday I am going to bring you something science related that is hopefully fun and ridiculous, hence the moniker, Fun Science Friday (FSF).  Sit back, grab a pack of Smarties (they go quite well with FSF), and enjoy!

This week FSF brings you a relatively recently discovered species of fish, the Psychedelic frogfish (Histiophryne psychedelica) – image below. The funky coloration of this fish seems to come straight from the Beatles music video, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”  The fish was first discovered in 2008 in Indonesia, and the cool thing about this fish is that it is the only known fish to ‘hop’ rather than swim.  So it seems that it is not just the coloration of this fish that’s FUNKY!

I suspect John Lennon and/or Jerry Garcia would most definitely approve of this fish.


Psychedelic frog fish, side view. Image credit: Christopher J. Crowley 32 NH Route 10 Orford New Hampshire 03777 United States of America Tel: +1 (603) 353-9821 cjcphoto@cjcLandAndSeaPhoto.com http://www.cjcLandAndSeaPhoto.com

Psychedelic frog fish, side view.
Image credit:
Christopher J. Crowley