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In which he wasn’t floating


Last night, right before bedtime, I went into my office to plug in my iPad.  I glanced over at the fish tank and it was so beautiful because I had just changed the water.  I could see Gilgamesh swimming all around but I didn’t see Hercules.


I went closer and Herc was just there in the water, on the bottom.  He was completely parked, not moving, and not blinking.  (Do fish blink? I have no clue) I looked at him and even his fins were perfectly still.


“Is he dead?” I thought.  “If he’s dead wouldn’t he be floating?”  I then realized that all I knew about fish I learned from Ruthless People, the movie.  In Ruthless people the two fish, named Crockett and Tubbs were “floating” therefore indicating that they were dead.


I said “Herc” loudly and still he didn’t move.  “Uh oh” I thought but then I did what any normal person would do in this circumstance, I fed them.  Sure enough, within moments Herc had come back to life and was eating.


I went into the bedroom and told Kevin who was practically asleep:


Me:      do you think fish sleep?

Kevin: I’m trying to

Me:      I wonder if they blink

Kevin: why do you ask?

Me:      I thought Herc was dead because he was just so still

Kevin: I suppose it depends if there’s air in their lungs?

Me:      do fish have lungs? I know they have gills

Kevin: I’m trying to sleep

Me:      do you realize that all I know about dying fish is from the movies?

Kevin: movies?

Me:      yeah, like Crockett and Tubbs (best names ever) were floating in Ruthless People

Kevin: leave me alone

Me:      also in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen they were floating

Kevin: I’m seriously trying to sleep

Me:      I wonder if they exhaled first if they would sink

Kevin: good grief

Me:      well, I will have to check this all out now

Kevin: can you do that another time and leave me alone

So now I have to figure all this out or how will I ever know if my fish die? Also, I don’t want to feed them if they’re sleeping because do fish sleep? I have no idea.  What do you guys think?

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  1. Jester Queen
    September 23, 2013

    I’m afraid of landing in your spam comments if I drop in a bunch of links, but just head to Amazon and put “do fish sleep” in the search bar. The first two hits are really cool books that have saved my ass from my son’s rather ruthless questions, which go about like yours do, and which require ANSWERS MOMMY before sleep/breakfast/car rides can be achieved.

    • Lynn
      September 23, 2013

      i actually DID google it and fish don’t sleep per se but go into a sort of fugue state which is on the bottom of the tank just chilling. But thanks

  2. Julie
    September 23, 2013

    I predict a Fish Fact Friday in the near future . . .

    • Lynn
      September 23, 2013

      Hahaha… Maybe

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