Reasons that fish isn't considered meat for the purpose of fasting include environmental differences and the intention behind fasting. There are differing opinions based on varying interpretations of religious texts.Continue Reading
Although some vegetarians allow fish in their diet, the concept of allowing fish has religious roots. During Lent, Catholics are required to abstain from eating meat on Fridays, but many modern Catholic churches will hold fish fry events during Lent.
One possible reason for allowing Catholics to eat fish is because of a distinction that is made between land-locked animals, including birds, and water-dwelling creatures such as fish. Another possible reason, mentioned in the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, is that red meat was forbidden because it was "a great incentive to lust," a characteristic not possessed by fish. Finally, the idea that red meat came from animals that were farmed meant that abstaining from red meat involved making a sacrifice of one's property.Learn more about Fish
A crown tail betta is a type of Siamese fighting fish with spectacular fins and tail. The huge tail and fins seem divided into the points of a crown and have intense colors. One type of crown tail betta has a split tail, while the other type has a tail that's teardrop-shaped. Only the males have these extraordinary tails, though females can be just as colorful.Full Answer >
Koi fish are symbols in both Japanese and Chinese culture and can represent traits of strength and of love. Their meaning varies depending on the color, scale type and the pattern of the individual fish.Full Answer >
The Goliath tigerfish is a large, predatory fish native to the Congo River basin. Its extremely large, jagged teeth and muscular, powerful body make it an adept predator and challenging catch. The Goliath tigerfish can reach 5 feet in length and weigh more than 150 pounds.Full Answer >
An interesting and fun fish fact for kids is that there are over 3000 known species of fish. Their bodies are covered with slimy scales that help to propel them through the water. Some fish, such as tuna, can swim up to 43 miles per hour.Full Answer >