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Spanish: El Pez de Hielo
By Vickie Chao
1 In the freezing waters surrounding Antarctica, there lives a bizarre fish family called the icefish.
2 The icefish family has 16 members. They can grow up to 2 feet long and weigh 8 pounds. They devour fish, krill, and other crustaceans. Icefish have long snouts, wide mouths, and large teeth. They are also known as white-blooded fish or crocodile icefish.
3 Icefish are unique because they don't have red blood cells in their bodies. As a result, they look rather pale, and their blood carries much less oxygen than that of fish with red blood cells. The pasty appearance is not a pressing matter. But the insufficient supply of oxygen is. To solve the problem, icefish have big, strong hearts to pump large volumes of blood at low pressures.
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