How Goldfish Stay Alive in Icy Water  

LauraHaze 20F  
13 posts
8/16/2017 1:45 pm
How Goldfish Stay Alive in Icy Water

Goldfish stay alive in icy water in the wild by getting drunk, research reveals.

The popular pets produce lactic acid by swimming hard when lakes freeze over, which distills to ethanol – pure alcohol .

It allows them to survive long, harsh winters in oxygen-free waters but puts them over the drink-drive limit.

Biologist Dr Michael Berenbrink, of the University of Liverpool, said: “They are able to withstand large amounts of alcohol. It is amazing.”


Zed_1965 54M
280 posts
8/16/2017 2:55 pm

Interesting, that I didn't know.


CeriosEros 34M
644 posts
8/16/2017 4:57 pm

Those shiny lushes. I wonder if they sober up in spring missing 8 scales and next to a blob fish promising fish Jesus that they're going to get their shit together.


4Farenheit451 68M  
168 posts
11/6/2017 9:43 am

And in addition to their 24-Hour hard swimming, they stay in shape working off their Community Service. Lol
Thanks for the education, Laura.
The 451


Vegeta0329 47M  
6 posts
11/30/2017 2:59 pm

*Sigh* If only there was a linear progression between the freezing points of water (0 ℃) and ethanol (-114 ℃), we could derive more information regarding the tolerance and survivability of these fishies, but alas, must rely upon empirical data. How troublesome, yet… fascinating… Plus, they're training hard, and that's important.


curly032409 57M  
1 post
2/6/2018 7:00 pm

Don't over think, it may hurt you, this is interesting because Gold Fish can hold up to very bad treatment they are hardy


Grizly144 59M  
180 posts
9/9/2019 2:44 pm

Very interesting fact. Maybe you should study to be a Marine Biologist.


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