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Can a freshwater fish survive in the ocean?

Asked by efritz (3240points) June 6th, 2009

Strangely enough, I couldn’t find the answer in wikipedia or google . . . oh well. Don’t ask, just answer.

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jrpowell's avatar

Most won’t. But some like salmon can.

DarkScribe's avatar

Not unless the transition is slow as in an estuary fish moving seaward.

seekingwolf's avatar

Probably not, unless it’s a fish that can survive in both kinds of waters.

westy81585's avatar

Not for very long.

whatthefluther's avatar

I prefer to position myself at river inlets where the waters mix and entice them into joining me in the boat. I can report they do not survive terribly long in the air but their flesh stays quite nice on ice.

oratio's avatar

It seems to depend on the fish. Most of them can probably survive in brackish water.
Salmon is an example of fish that spawn in fresh water and live in the sea. This short article is very interesting, and might illuminate why. @

Darwin's avatar

Fish, like most animals, are osmoregulators. They regulate their salt intake through their kidneys and their gills. Excess water can be lost through the gills and excess salt can be lost through the kidneys. This way, they can keep the right internal concentration of water and salt, even if the environment has a different concentration.

The ones that can cope with great differences in external salinity are called euryhaline fish. They can live in either type of water as well as in brackish water. Those with a limited ability to control their water and salt intake are called stenohaline fish. They live in an environment that has a specific salinity.

Salmon are an example of a euryhaline osmoregulator. They can cope with a great range of external salinities and still be able to maintain the correct internal concentrations. They hatch in fresh water, swim to the ocean and spend most of their lives there. They then swim back to their spawning grounds (where they hatched) to lay their own eggs. They go from fresh to salt water and back again.

Most fish are stenohaline osmoregulators. They can control their internal ion concentrations but only within limited external ranges. Thus, most freshwater fish die in salt water, and most saltwater fish die in freshwater.

sandystrachan's avatar

While rock pooling for crabs and muscles i found a common gold fish swimming in from the sea to the rock pool i was in .

El_Cadejo's avatar

Most will die. A few that i can think of off hand that can be acclimated over are mollies, guppies, and monos.

SeventhSense's avatar

Rock pooling?
The Rolling Stones being eco conscious with their commuting habits?
When lobsters have parties?

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