We generally think of fish in their adult forms, that is after all the life stage we see them in at the grocery store or a restaurant menu. But fish were babies once too, or put more scientifically, in a larval life stage and these larvae can tell us a lot about the health of a fish population and the state of our oceans.
The Burke Museum has a larval fish collection that numbers in the millions thanks to a partnership with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and University of Washington researchers. Today we’ll be talking with Jenna Barrett, a Burke ichthyologist, about how she works with these tiny larvae and the questions they can answer. Let’s dive in!
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