11 Sep 2016

Quiz 24- 10 Questions on commercially caught fish.

1 Considered to be the most healthiest among fish, this fish belonging to the Herring family got it's name from an island in the Mediterranean, where they were once abundant and also canned for the first time. Which fish ?

2.The very first 'Calvin and Hobbes'  strip. What bait does Calvin use in his trap ?

3. This is a Vincent Van Gogh painting, titled "Still Life with X, lemon and tomato". X is the name of the fish in the painting. Identify it.

4. John Dory is an odd looking fish with a odd sounding name- However it is pretty popular in the UK, especially to cook fish and chips. The fish is also popularly used in fine dining restaurants in Australia and New Zealand where it is popular with chefs because it goes well with a wide variety of ingredients and flavourings and the bones from its head make an excellent stock. The fish is also known by another name- since the dark spot is considered to be the fingerprint of this catholic saint. Whose fingerprints does the fish carry ?

5. What is the difference between Anadromous fish and Catadromous fish ?

6. There are 17 types in this family of fish. One of them, the Orange finned-humpback is found in the Cauvery river and has been known to anglers around the globe as ‘one of the largest and hardest fighting freshwater fish in the world’.  It was first mentioned as an angling challenge by the Oriental Sporting Magazine in 1833, soon becoming a favorite quarry of British anglers living in India and today many tourists come to Cauvery basin just for angling this fish. In the 1970's The Maharashtra Fisheries department noticed a declined in the population of this fish and they approached Tata Power to help save the endangered fish. Slowly millions of tiny fingerlings were released into the river to repopulate the fish. However a large number of blue finned variety too were released along with the humback and today the blue fin fish is replacing the endemic humpback kind. Many today believe the Orange finned-humpback, which is placed in the IUCN red list, will be extinct within a generation. What is the common, well known name of this fish?
Blue Finned variety
The endangered orange finned humpback

A fully grown fish- dream catch for anglers

7. Fugu (Pufferfish)  is the most celebrated and notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine. The restaurant preparation of fugu is strictly controlled by law in Japan since it can be lethally poisonous due to its tetrodotoxin. Although anyone in Japan can walk into a restaurant and  order a Fugu - who is the only Japanese who is forbidden from eating Fugu?

Fugu Sashimi

8. Which two countries were engaged in a series of confrontation over fishing rights in the North Atlantic and was popularly termed as 'Cod war" ?
Naval confrontation during the cod war. 

9.  These mostly come in four verities; they are Beluga, Sterlet, Ossetra, and Sevruga. Beluga is the rarest and the costliest and is black or gray; Israel is the largest producer of Ossetra ; sevruga, is the smallest and is greenish black. What am I talking about?

10. Tilapia is one of the oldest aqua-cultured fish and dates back to Ancient Egypt, where it was represented by the hieroglyph . Today aquaculture  has become a refined science and people realised that the presence of female tilapia results in rapidly increasing populations of small fish, rather than a stable population of harvest-size animals. Hence commercially grown tilapia are almost exclusively male. How are the female Tilapia eliminated from a spawn of tilapia fish ?


  1. 1. Sardines
    2. The tiger is eating a sandwich. Tuna?
    3. Mackerel?
    4. St. Peter? (I believe you meant palm print and not finger print. And you said saint. I know only the apostle St. Peter was crucified apart from Jesus in Christian history)
    5. These are fishes that can give out electric charge (Catadromous) or attract electric charge (Anadromous – although I am not sure if such fish exist-stupid guess I think)? Like ANode and CAThode.
    6. Madmal meen?
    7. The Emperor of Japan; lest someone poisons him by not cleaning the fugu properly!
    8. Britain and Iceland?
    9. Clams
    10. Size?

  2. 1. Sardines
    2. Tuna Sandwich
    3. Mackerel
    4. St. Peter?
    5. Migratory and Non migratory fish?
    6. Mahaseer
    7. The Emperor
    8. Russia and USA
    9. Sturgeon ( Caviar )

  3. 1. Sardines
    2. A tuna sandwich
    3. Haddock?
    4. St John the Baptist?
    5. Those that live near the surface of the water, and those that live near the bottom?
    6. Trout?
    7. The Emperor
    8. Canada and Greenland (Denmark)?
    9. Caviar from sturgeons
    10. They are drawn out by being shown shiny trinkets :-D

    - Annie

  4. 1. Sardines
    2. Hobbes
    3. Mackerel
    4. Thomas
    6. Chonak
    8. Emperor
    9. Caviar

  5. 6. Mahseer
    7. Emperor of Japan
    9. Sturgeon

    Amit Shet

  6. 2. Tuna
    6. Trout
    7. Samurai
    8. Norway and Denmark
    9. Caviar


  7. 1.Tuna
    4.St.Francis Xavier
    7.Prime Minister of Japan
    8.Russia and USA

  8. 1. Sardine
    2. Mackerel
    3. Halibut
    4. St Francis
    6. Tuna
    7. The Japanese Emperor
    8. United States and Canada
    9. Varieties of Caviar

  9. 1. Sardine
    2. Dolphin
    3. Haddock
    6. Tuna
    7. Emperor
    8. U.K. And Iceland
    9. Sturgeon (from which you get caviar)

  10. 1. Sardine
    2. Tuna
    3. Salmon
    4. St. Peter
    5. One lives in the sea but returns to fresh water for breeding, the other does the opposite. Not sure which is which.
    7. Emperor of Japan, just in case it is still poisonous.
    8. Britain and Spain
    9. Caviar

  11. 1 Salmon
    2 tuna
    3 mackerel
    4 st Peter
    5 bone vs cartilage
    6 tuna
    7 the emperor
    8 Britain Iceland
    9 caviar

    Julian D'Costa

  12. 1. Anchovy
    2. Tuna sandwich
    3. Salmon
    4. St. Anthony
    5. Anadromous fish lay eggs while catadromous fish give birth to live young.
    6. Mahseer
    7. The Emperor
    8. Canada & Denmark
    9. Caviar
    10. They spread a rumour that a clearance sale is on at the mall. All the females rush to the mall where hungry tuna lie in wait to eat them.

  13. 1. Salmon 2.Tuna Sandwich 3. Masheer 4. Caviar