Meet Kevin the King of Herrings!

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K is for King of Herrings
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Hi! I’m Kevin the King of Herrings! I’m also known as an Oarfish or Ribbonfish. 

I’m one of the longest bony fish in the world! Members of my family can reach up to 35 feet long and we have an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Isn’t that cool? I’m also very thin from side to side. The first few elements of my dorsal fin look like a crown, which is why I’m sometimes called the King of Herrings. 

I like to live in the deep parts of the open ocean, so my eyes are really large to help me see. Since we don’t come up to the surface very much - mostly right after large storms - we’ve sometimes been mistaken for sea serpents by sailors! But don’t worry, I’m harmless. I’ve got a tiny mouth and no teeth.

Because of that, I like to eat small creatures by filtering them through the water. I swim with my mouth open and catch them with modified bones that support my gills. Isn’t that weird? 

I like to challenge my family to Twister contests. What are some of your favorite games?

You can take Kevin home with you!


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