Science: Fish Story

As every ichthyologist knows, certain fish seem to possess an acutely developed weather sense: e.g., the loach, a species of carp (known in Germany as the "weather fish"), which becomes very lively when the barometer drops. From Cape Town last week came a whopping weather-fish story. Dr. Cecil von Bonde, South Africa's fisheries director, said he was testing a fish which seems able to forecast weather after death.

The fish is Ostracion diaphenus, known to South Africans as Seevarkie or "sea piggy," to the U.S. as the "trunk fish." This eight-inch creature is encased in a bony hide like armor. Dr. von...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!