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Why do freshwater fishes have more of those small, annoying bones than marine fishes do?

Salt water contains a greater concentration of minerals (particularly salt) than does fresh water and therefore has a higher specific density. Thus, a fish has greater buoyancy in salt water. This added buoyancy allows a saltwater fish to have a heavier bone structure. When some of the oceangoing fishes made the switch to a freshwater home eons ago, they evolved a lighter, thinner, more delicate bone structure to compensate for the diminished buoyancy. All well and good for a fish, but what about the millions of diners who dread choking on tiny and spiny bones?

00:35:32 on 08/21/07 by Webmaster - Quick Cooking Tips -