Do fish blink?


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Fish don't blink or close their eyes at all, even when they sleep, because they don't have eyelids. The only exception is the shark which has a nictitating membrane, which is a transparent type of extra eyelid that reptiles, birds and some fish have.

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Scientists are still studying how fish sleep, since fish don't sleep in the same way that people do. Fish appear to have periods of rest, where they are in a trance-like state, floating in one spot or resting in a protected area. By reducing their activity, fish slow down their metabolism and conserve energy. Scientists suggest that this provides the same restorative rest for fish that people get after sleeping.

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