How Catalina Dives Into the Abyss for the First Time
Catalinas diving at the ocean’s edge is nothing new.
But this time, the catfish, a member of the order Catadromidae, are on the verge of becoming the first catfish to be born in the Atlantic.
The New York Times reports that the new catfish was born last week at a Catalino Aquarium in Connecticut, the first in the United States to be produced from a single mother.
The first female catfish ever to be successfully born was born in 2007, and the mother was named Catalynna after the Italian city where she was born.
The birth came as a surprise to some experts, who said it was unusual for a female to survive for more than a few weeks at sea without being fertilized.
“This is a pretty big step,” said Daniel Wurzelbacher, a researcher at the University of New Hampshire.
The Catalinos have a reputation for being cautious.
They are known for keeping their population in check by keeping their fish confined to a small area, and they are considered to be the world’s most secretive aquariums.