Originally Posted by skilletlicker
Somewhere in the last few days, I remember half-hearing a story about a scientific study finding fish recognize people's faces. You think it's true?
Not only can some fish recognize faces, they can also at times recognize what they perceive as a threat and in some cases will react.
When I was a kid we had a walking catfish as a pet. He also had a small hole in his head. Mom said it was from a disease he had recovered from. Dad said it was from a 22.
Anyway, the fish liked us kids. Sometimes if we opened the tank to feed him, he would jump on our hand to be let out. We would play with him for a bit then put him back up. Note: I think it was either 150 or 200 gallon tanks. One of the big ones.
One evening, we had just put the fish back in his tank but hadn't closed the lid yet. Dad came through the front door drunk and in a mood. He made the mistake of yelling at us kids. Next thing we saw was a catfish come flying out of the tank, slide down the arm of the couch and start chasing dad. Of course, our cat came flying out of the other room and started chasing dad. He opened the front door and took off. The fish and the cat were hot on his heels. Dad ran out in the yard. The animals stopped at the edge of the porch and just glared at him. He could not get back on the porch because of teeth and claws. US kids went out, picked up the fish and told the cat she had done good.
I wish I had a video camera back then.
The catfish got put in his tank and the lid shut. The cat stood at the door until dad apologized and started acting civil.