Many species of egg-laying animals decide when it’s time for their offspring to leave the nest, but a little fish known as the neon goby takes that a step further. They decide when their young will even hatch from their eggs. Leaving their eggs is a precarious time for any animal because the new hatchlings are at their most vulnerable. Typically, the timing of hatching depends on the embryo or on external environmental cues, such as temperature. But for neon gobies, fathers seem to know the best time to introduce their little ones to the world.
Our Science and the Sea initiative began in July of 2005 as a monthly column in Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine. A year later, it expanded into a radio program, podcast, and website. In February 2022, we published our 200th magazine article! Special thanks to Tara Haelle, who has written most of our stories over the past decade, and to Heather Herrick, who coordinates production.
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