Ask the Aquarium — “Why do small fish matter?”

Ask the Aquarium  — “Why do small fish matter?”


I’m standing in front of River Giants, and
these have our big fish. That’s what everyone seems to be attracted
to and notice, but our rivers and creeks are full of small, little fish that are really
important. What are these big fish going to eat? They’ve got to eat smaller fish. What do these smaller fish eat? They eat little aquatic insects. The aquatic insects have to eat even smaller
animals. All of this is part of our aquatic ecosystem. When we have a healthy aquatic ecosystem,
we not only have big fish, we have little fish and a whole lot of other cool, aquatic
animals. Not only does this help us have a healthy
aquatic ecosystem, it helps humans. This ecosystem pretty much cleans our water. Having a healthy ecosystem helps all
of us, from humans to big fish to those tiny, but mighty important fishes.

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