Cold Like Ice Fish
Episode:107Te Papa Collection:Natural Environment
Suggested curriculum levels:1 – 8
Description:All vertebrates need red blood cells, don't they? Yes, but there's one exception: a fish that lives in water so deep and so cold it has adapted for survival without any red cells at all.
Questions for students
- Why do we need red blood cells? What important function do they serve?
- The curator explains how the ice fish gets oxygen and how it can survive without red blood cells. Make a diagram that illustrates this, labelling the features that enable the fish to survive.
- Compare the features of the ice fish with those of a regular fish such as snapper. Use the 'Comparisons' response template to record the similarities and differences.
- What is it that the curator finds so exciting about his job?
- How does Te Papa store specimens like the ice fish? Why are they kept at the museum?