A German scientist has been putting his funding to good use by placing a tank full of goldfish into a plane and then having the plane free fall to simulate zero gravity conditions in order to determine once and for all whether fish are susceptible to seasickness. A) They are. B) What the &%#@?
What is it with Germans and their experiments?
Dr. Reinhold Hilbig, a zoologist from Stutgart, tested 49 fish in the experiment. Eight of them, apparently, began turning in circles.
“The fish lost their orientation, they became completely confused and looked as if they were about to vomit. In the wild such a ‘seasick’ fish would become prey for others because they are incapable of fleeing from danger,” Dr. Hilbig told the Telegraph.
Ok, let’s see if we have this straight. If you put a fish into a plane and send the plane into a free fall and that fish is in the 16.326% of fish that are susceptible to free fall-induced seasickness and then you release the fish– looking like it’s going to puke and swimming around in uncontrollable circles– back into the wild, it may be in danger of being eaten by a predator?
The answer is yes. It’s called science.