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Basil: What are you looking at me like that for?

 

Sybil: Basil, there’s a kipper sticking out of your jumper.  Fawlty Towers s2e4: The Kipper and the Corpse

 

 

I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan.  Simply because I don’t like eating fish.  Britney Spears

 

 

Pufferfish: its internal organs contain one of the most potent neurotoxins ever discovered: it is the TTX in the pufferfish which induces a total body flaccid paralysis, almost indistinguishable from death.  Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia: Investigating the Haitian Zombie, Vice 2012

 

 

A ray of compounds that alter consciousness … This is the story of the dream fish.  Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia: Fish n Trips

 

I’m off the coast of Miami Florida … the sponge … host to a fascinating compound … the only known psychedelic to have been isolated from the ocean and only the ocean.  ibid.

 

Reported cases around the world of fish causing vivid hallucinations.  ibid.

 

 

A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.  William Shakespeare, Hamlet IV iii 27-28

 

 

What have we here, a man or a fish?  Dead or alive? – A fish, he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fish-like smell … There would this monster make a man.  Any strange beast there makes a man.  William Shakespeare, The Tempest II ii @24, Trinculo

 

 

Third Fisherman: Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.

 

First Fisherman: Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.  William Shakespeare, Perecles II i 26

 

 

The sensory world of the catfish is a remarkable one.  Its map of the universe is built from the thousands of chemicals it can detect in the water.  Brian Cox, Wonders of Life II: Expanding Universe, BBC 2013

 

 

I promised that I would tell you why I never eat fish.  The King of Marvin Gardens 1972 starring Jack Nicholson & Bruce Dern & Ellen Burstyn & Julia Anne Robinson & Scatman Crothers & Charles Lavine et al, director Bob Rafelson, opening monologue

 

The breadcrumbs only helped to conceal bones.  When the inevitable coughing began, my brother and I just sat and looked at each other not moving.  Grandfather’s eyes got wide.  His face became contorted and red, his arms flailing about.  ibid.

 

 

The message was this: so long and thanks for all the fish.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 2005 starring Martin Freeman & Sam Rockwell & Mos Def & Zooey Deschanel & Bill Nighy & Warwick Davis & Anna Chanccellor & John Malkovich & Kelly Macdonald et al, director Garth Jennings; see also novel Douglas Adams, commentary

 

 

You see, Baldrick, when I was a baby I was savaged by a turbot.  Blackadder II: Potato, Percy, BBC 1986

 

 

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.  George W Bush

 

 

This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish.  Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.  Aneurin Bevan

 

 

They keep saying that sea levels are rising an all this.  It’s nowt to do with the icebergs melting; it’s because there’s too many fish in it.  Get rid of some of the fish and the water will drop.  Simple.  Basic science.  Karl Pilkington

 

 

Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains.  You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow.  They smelled of moss in your hand.  Polished and muscular and torsional.  On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming.  Maps and mazes.  Of a thing which could not be put back.  Not be made right again.  In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.  Cormac McCarthy, The Road

 

 

Life began in the sea.  David Attenborough, Life on Earth V: Conquest of the Waters, BBC 1979  

 

A number of different ways of propelling themselves through the water.  ibid.

 

The Ray has flattened its body to an extreme degree.  ibid.

 

Open water fish often form vast shoals.  ibid.

 

Many species have never been filmed.  ibid.

 

Salmon … a paragon among fish.  ibid.

 

 

350 million years ago … the fish began to haul themselves on to the land.  David Attenborough, Life on Earth VI: Invasion of the Land

 

 

They developed originally from simple sea creatures, perhaps not unlike these – sea squirts.  David Attenborough, Life on Earth (revised series): Fish, Birds & Reptiles

 

Bony fish now live in almost all parts of the ocean as well as in fresh water.  ibid.

 

Water is eight hundred times more dense than air.  ibid.

 

Some of them did regularly get out on to land.  Whatever the reason for this move they evolved into the first amphibians.  ibid.

 

 

The shrimp and the gobi [fish] .. The blind landlord provides the accommodation and the tenant provides a guidance service.  David Attenborough, The Trials of Life VII: Living Together, BBC 1990

 

 

Sardines: common dolphins are coming in from the open ocean to join in the feast.  David Attenborough, The Blue Planet I: Introduction, BBC 2001

 

 

A journey to the very bottom of the deep sea, to an alien world never revealed before.  It’s home to some of the strangest animals on Earth.  David Attenborough, The Blue Planet II: The Deep

 

A twilight zone, a weird world of gloom where many animals have become transparent.  ibid.

 

There’s a rich variety that live nowhere else but in the deep sea.  ibid.

 

Deep sea jellies ... a spectacular firework display of colour.  ibid.

 

The gulper eel ... can swallow prey as big as themselves.  ibid.

 

Some fish in the dark zone have developed headlights.  ibid.

 

The sun’s rays only have a direct effect on the top one hundred metres or so of the ocean.  ibid.

 

Over half a mile down at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico they came to what appeared to be an underwater lake ... Hundreds of thousands of mussels ... Rich oasis of life totally independent of the sun’s energy.  ibid.

 

 

These seas thousands of miles from nearest land are the most sterile on our planet.  David Attenborough, The Blue Planet III: Open Ocean

 

Striped Marlin – voracious predators that can grow to three metres long.  They hunt mainly in daylight.  ibid.

 

Juvenile tuna join in the feeding frenzy.  ibid.

 

Manta Ray – immense – five metres across.  ibid.

 

When sail-fish become excited they change colour.  ibid.

 

Predators and prey are locked in a deadly three-dimensional contest of hide and seek played out over immense distances.  ibid.

 

The oceans are full of such wanderers riding the currents and doing their best to avoid enemies.  ibid.

 

The heaviest bony fish in the sea: sun-fish.  ibid.

 

 

Jellyfish: they may appear to be delicate as well as beautiful but they are deadly hunters.  David Attenborough, The Blue Planet V: Seasonal Seas

 

A male leafy sea dragon ... He is carrying his partner’s eggs around with him.  ibid.

 

 

Coral reefs can be home to astounding numbers of fish.  David Attenborough: The Blue Planet VI: Coral Seas

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