When people think about catfish, they generally assume it is safe to eat. However, this may not always be the case. Catfish can actually hurt humans and here’s why:
The first reason is because of parasites. Parasites such as worms and flukes can live inside the flesh of a catfish. If you consume any of these parasites, it could lead to some health problems. Generally, it’s not an issue as long as you cook the fish properly, but it’s something to be aware of.
Another reason why catfish may not always be safe is that they are bottom feeders. Bottom feeders eat anything and everything that sinks down below the surface of the water including dead animals with diseases.
Catfish Have A Bad Reputation:
They’re often considered as bottom-dwelling, creepy-crawly, ugly creatures. However, our own ‘little’ catfish isn’t as scary as to how it is portrayed. Wonder why?
Because catfish aren’t as bad as they’re made out to be, although their looks may not necessarily say the same thing. Catfish are fun and interesting creature. Lots of people have misconceptions about catfish that’s why we’ll shed some light on what these things actually are. So you can learn more about catfish and possibly change your perspective on them, whether it be for the good or for worse.
So how are catfish different from regular fish? Well, first of all, there are several types of catfish. They vary in size, shape, and even how they swim. Catfish are also different from regular fish because of their whisker-like sensory organs called barbels. They use these to find food at the bottom of the water.
They Can Be Pretty Tasty If You Know How To Cook:
Because catfish are a very common fish, the price of their meat is pretty affordable. It’s not too expensive but you can never really tell what fish might taste good to you. And honestly, catfish meat is pretty good if you cook it right.
Good thing there are lots of opportunities where you can try out these fish. In the Philippines, one type of local catfish delicacy is called Tulingan or Milkfish. You have to be careful with this dish though since the meat of the fish might get stuck between your teeth.
And in Singapore, catfish can be found in some local dishes like Fish Head Bee Hoon. This dish will definitely make you feel like you’re really eating catfish (with its bones and all) but it’s okay since they serve it with lots of noodles. Catfish is also commonly used to make sambal – a type of chili paste that goes great with seafood.
Catfish Don’t Typically Bite Humans Unless Provoked:
However, catfish usually aren’t that scary and they will leave you alone if you don’t bother them. And even if something does happen and a catfish were to bite you, it wouldn’t be anything too serious.
There are some interesting facts about these fish that might make you think twice before getting rid of them from your local waterways. Catfish have been said to help prevent algal bloom by eating up decaying plant materials at the bottom of rivers and ponds. And if their meat is eaten, it can provide lots of protein
Most catfish are bottom-feeders, preying on invertebrates in the mud. They are nocturnal, feeding when the sun has set. Catfish have a wide range of habitats, from ponds to rivers. Since they are nocturnal and hide in holes during the day where the water is warmer, catfish do not fare well in cold weather. Some species can live in very warm climates, but most prefer moderate conditions.
Catfish have an average lifespan of 20 years, but some species can live up to 50 years old in captivity while others only last for 6 months in the wild. That is quite a large gap between life expectancy depending on where the fish lives.
They are also carnivores. Being opportunistic feeders who will eat what is readily available. Catfish have many methods of feeding including scavenging, bottom-feeding, and hunting. Although they are opportunistic feeders, they prefer to hunt for prey that is easily visible.
In order to hold their position for long periods of time, catfish use their pectoral and pelvic fins to anchor themselves in one place. This is why you will often see catfish that seem as if they are stuck to a rock or other objects.