Fish are wonderful. They are amazing to behold in their natural habitat, when you are snorkeling or scuba diving, and they are wonderful to behold in a frying pan with appropriate amounts of salt, butter, paprika, and garlic. Is that being cruel? We don’t think so! It’s just a fact of life. People have been eating seafood and fish for thousands of years, and there’s no sign of us stopping either. As long as there are seafood restaurants in Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth like Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, there will be Floridians craving some of the best seafood around.
That’s right, Mulligan’s really is one of the best seafood restaurant chains in southeastern Florida. Whether you are interested in breakfast, happy hour, family night, sandwiches, appetizers, a great atmosphere, a smiling staff, a private party, or menu items that are more akin to “landfood” than seafood, we’ve got you covered. Since 1997, Mulligan’s has been serving up delicious fish and other flavorful menu items alongside the waterfront. Folks who are looking to take a load off while chomping down on authentic Florida seafood get the chance to do exactly that here at Mulligan’s. Whether you come see us at Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, Vero Beach, or any one of our other locations, you are sure to have an absolute blast while eating to your heart’s content!
Alright, we think we’ve made our point — we are proud of what we do and the quality of food we offer. Now it’s time to stop typing your ears off about being a top tropical restaurant, and start talking about what the title of this post claims we would. So read on if you are interested in gleaning some random facts about fish and seafood from your local seafood restaurant! They’ll come quick, they won’t be entirely organized, but if you are able to remember two or three of them, you’ll be able to impress everyone at the next cocktail party you attend by bringing up what you’ve learned in a most arbitrary and blunt fashion. We recommend waiting until everyone is quietly enjoying their dinner, and then blurting a few of these factoids out at the top of your lungs — as we have no doubt recommended in the past. Yelling fish facts is the best way to climb any social ladder. It’s just a fact of life.
Seafood And Fish Facts
- Did you know there are more than 30,000 identified species of fish on the planet? Who knows how many unidentified species there might be left to find!
- Fish have a unique organ that operates much like radar. The “lateral line” is a sense organ which helps them move around in the dark or in opaque water.
- The largest known fish on record is the great whale shark, which is able to reach up to fifty feet in length!
- Many kinds of fish have skeletons that are only made of cartilage.
- The smallest fish in the world is the Philippine goby. When full grown, it is measured at less than ⅓ of an inch in length!
- Fish have been on the earth for over 450 million years. That’s a while.
- One kind of fish, the mudskipper, can walk on land. Known as a sort of amphibious species, the adaptable fish uses its pectoral fins to skip across the land. It can even jump two feet in the air if it needs to! How does it do this? It keeps a chamber of water for storage in its gill chambers whenever it takes a land-trek. When it is wet, it’s able to breathe through its pores as well. All in all, sounds like a pretty neat fish if you ask us.
- If you thought the school you attended was too big, get a load of this: herrings roam in schools that are billions strong. It’s almost too much to believe, we know, but some schools have been estimated at boasting some three billion in number.
- Ready to get grossed out? No? We don’t care, sorry, because the Atlantic hagfish can secrete so much slime that it will fill your average-sized milk jug. The hagfish’s body is covered with glands that secrete a sticky slime, which is thought to be some kind of defense mechanism, although scientists aren’t entirely sure about the specifics.
- Ready for a slightly cute, if not surprising fact? Whales have belly buttons! That’s right, whales are mammals, just like us, and as such, they give birth to live young. This means there is an umbilical cord involved. Dolphins have belly buttons too, just so you know.
- The fastest moving fish in the world is the sailfish. They have been clocked at moving up to 68 mph, making them able to cover the length of a football field in less than five seconds!
- The slowest moving fish in the world is without a doubt the dwarf seahorse. It moves at .001 mph. For reference, it takes an hour to move five feet. That means it would take around 72 hours to move the length of a football field.
- Fish are one of the six identified groups of animals. The others are birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and amphibians. However, their unique composition, specifically regarding their fins and aquatic environment, make them a group unlike any other.
- Greenland sharks are known to be the oldest-living fish species. Researchers studied 28 Greenland sharks in a study published in 2016. Most of these sharks lived to be a minimum of 272 years, with some getting all the way up to 512 years old!
- The fish with the shortest lifespan is the pygmy goby, a reef-dwelling species of fish that only lives a couple of months, on average.
- The world’s deepest-living fish is the snailfish, which is native to the Pacific Ocean. This fish lives at a depth of 26,722 feet.
- There are more than a couple animals that are commonly referred to as “fish” which are not fish at all. Among them are jellyfish, crayfish, starfish, shellfish, and cuttlefish.
- Buddhism maintains that fish symbolizes contentment and happiness due to their complete freedom of movement.
- Only sharks are known to have eyelids.
- This one is a bit surprising, even to us — many fish have taste buds all over their body.
- Fish sleep, but they don’t sleep like humans do. They lower their response to stimuli, their metabolism, while slowing all physical activity. Unlike humans, they don’t change their brain waves (from alpha to delta, in case you were wondering).
- Regarding communication, fish use a wide variety of low-pitched noises to communicate with one another. They can hiss, creek, wail, grunt, croak, or even rattle their bones in order to interact. They even vibrate muscles against their swim bladder, if the mood should strike!
- Here’s the last fish fact of the day — the best place to get your fish fix is at Mulligan’s! Well, in southeastern Florida anyway. We’ve got a variety of delicious seafood menu items that will frankly blow your mind.
Come See Us Soon!
So there you have it! Some fish facts to spice up your day. Be sure to keep an eye out for our next post in which we’ll provide some seafood facts (well, facts about seafood that don’t have to do with fish). In the meantime, come get your seafood fix at one of the top fish restaurants in all of Florida! View our menu here.