- "I caught a pike! Oh, yes, I like!"
Museum[edit | edit source]
An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.
"Pikes are only found in cold water, so they cannot live in warmer parts of the world. They can grow over three feet long and as such are a very popular fish with anglers. Pike have a slightly protruding jaw and large mouths with sharp teeth, making them powerful predators. They use these teeth for tearing apart not only other fish but also birds and other aquatic creatures."
In real life[edit | edit source]
The Northern Pike is a carnivorous fish that resides in sluggish streams and shallow weedy places in lakes, as well as in cold, clear, rocky waters in the northern hemisphere — more specifically, Russia, Europe, and North America. It has also been introduced to Morocco and the Baltic Sea. Pike grow to a relatively large size, growing as big as 59 inches and 55lbs.
The pike have a very typical hunting behavior, they are able to remain stationary in the water, by just moving the last fin rays of the dorsal fins and the breast fins. Before striking they bend their body and dash out to the prey using the large surface of their tail fin, dorsal fin and anal fin to propel themselves. The fish has a distinctive habit of catching its prey sideways in the mouth, immobilising it with its sharp backward pointing teeth, and then turning the prey headfirst to swallow it. It eats mainly fish, but on occasion water voles and ducklings have also been known to fall prey to pike.
The northern pike gets its name from its resemblance to the pole-weapon known as the pike (from the Middle English for pointed). The genus name, Esox, comes from the Greek and Celtic for “big fish” and “salmon”.