Sunday Trivia – 15 August – Something fishy!

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      HassleCat
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      This is not the biggest fish in the world, but it’s the most interesting because my wife did genetic research on it for her master’s thesis. It’s found in the Great Lakes, and is delicious when smoked. Its scientific designation is coregonus hoyi and it’s a cousin to the lake whitefish. What is the common name of this fish? How did it get this name?

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      • #440457
        HassleCat
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        Or schmeldt, as they pronunce it up there. Looks similar, though.

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      ? That may be misspelled.

      • #440466
        HassleCat
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        The alewife is an invader, on the decline because it’s being gobbled up by Pacific salmon, which were introduced specifically to eat the alewives. This is allowing our trivia soecies to make a comeback, which is good because they are good to eat.

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      jbnw
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      perhaps

    • #440465
      NV Wino
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      As opposed to big fucking fish

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
      “Politicians and pro athletes: The only people who still get paid when they lose.” William Rivers Pitt

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        I see the younger people use that BFF abbreviation. Now I know what it means.

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          The coregonids make up a family commonly known as cisco. They include whitefish and four or five species of chub. This paticular chub may be the only one that survives, since the others are thought to be extinct or at least extremely rare. So it’s a (xxxxxxx)chub.

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      Not even any herring under a fur coat in the house . . .

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      NV Wino
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      .

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
      “Politicians and pro athletes: The only people who still get paid when they lose.” William Rivers Pitt

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        Some kind of chub. The common name might remind you of a pufferfish, which is no relation at all.

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        The common name is “bloater chub” because the swim bladder often puffs up when the fish is hauled out of deep water, giving the chub a bloated look. People also call them “cisco” but that is a designation that covers several varieties of coregonids, cousins to the bloater chub.

        Your prize today is a bunch of smoked chubs. I recommend picking them apart and mixing the flesh with a little mayo and horseradish to make a spread. It’s great on Ritz crackers.

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