Do you need to know how to get ear bones out of lionfish? Or are you just curious to know what the inside of a lionfish’s head looks like? Either way check out this film shot on location in Abaco, Bahamas featuring the crack lionfish catching team, Serena Hackerott and Katie Dubois.
Otoliths are teeny tiny bones inside fish’s heads that act kind of like a biological version of the accelerometer inside a smart phone or a wii handset – they detect gravity and acceleration, so essentially help the fish figure out where it is and where it’s going.
And you can find out all sorts of cool things from fish otoliths. Like trees, you can count their growth rings and work out how old the fish was. Otoliths can also reveal a whole lot of things about the water that the fish swam through. And they also preserve really well in the fossil record and have been used to figure out what people thousands of years ago were eating.