Re: Oxygen balls used in *living* fish jewelry?
- From: "Terry" <sterrys@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 11:43:00 -0500
"Carey Sublette" <careysub@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"Luke Campbell" <lwcamp@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Aug 11, 10:04 am, Peter Knutsen <pe...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Some weeks ago, I read about a new fashion fad in parts of China, where
people (I presume girls, but it doesn't matter) would buy a small
plastic bag, containing a living fish, and wear it around the neck.
After a specified period of time, which was at least several days, the
fish would be released into a river or something.
The article mentioned that the bag also contained a so-called "oxygen
ball", which I presume is to help keep the fish alive (even though it is
has no food, it can presumably survive a few days on stored energy).
What might those oxygen balls be?
There is a possibility the "oxygen balls" are completely inert. Carp
have a notoriously low metabolism, and at least one north/central
Asian carp is known to overwinter in anoxic waters for several
months. This being China, it is likely (though by no means certain)
that some species from the carp family is being used (such as
Good guess! It is a goldfish:
No "oxygen ball" is visible, but perhaps the plastic used is somewhat
There was a live anole lizard "jewelry" fad in the U.S. in the 1950s.
Also around that time, large live beetles with rhinestones glued on and
pinned to swaeter/blouse.
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