Lumpsucker Laughs

Laughs from Larry, the Spiny Lumpsucker

Who said learning isn’t fun! That is what we are all about at the Puget Sound Estuarium. This page is a collection of funny jokes related to estuary and marine environments that we think are worthy of internet publication. Live, laugh, but most of all, LOVE YOUR BEACH!

Warning: Some of these jokes may require advanced scientific knowledge…or a good internet search engine.

Q: What’s a basking shark’s favorite type of music?
A: Plank-tunes

Encounters with basking sharks are rare, but not unheard of in Puget Sound! According to The Puget Sound wiki, “The basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, is the second largest living shark, after the whale shark. It is a passive filter feeder, filtering zooplankton, small fish, and invertebrates from up to 2,000 short tons of water per hour.”

Q: What do you call a fish with a tie?
A: soFISHticated

In 2015, NOAA scientists identified 253 fish species observed in marine or brackish waters of the Salish Sea ecosystem. These 253 species encompass 1 myxinid, 2 petromyzontids, 18 chondrichthyans, 2 chondrosteans, and 230 teleosts. They are contained within 78 families and 31 orders.

Q: What do shark trees consist of?
A: Elasmobranches!

Elasmobranch is a subclass of cartilaginous fish, including sharks, rays, skates, and sawfish. The Puget Sound is home to 11 species of sharks. Of these 11, three that are seen regularly are the Spiny Dogfish, the Sixgill Shark, and the Brown Cat Shark.

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