Take a deep breath and jump into the amazing world of fish, with marine biologist Dr Helen Scales (goggles and snorkels optional). Find out how fish can live for 500 years, how they use secret graffiti to talk to each other, how they dance, cheat and say sorry.
Among all the animals alive today, fish get a bit of a raw deal. They’re typecast as slimy, smelly, simple-minded animals. Either that or people think of them simply as food. And yet, down beneath the waterline, fish lead amazing lives and get up to all sorts of surprising things. Helen will reveal some of the great wonders of fish. She’ll bust a few myths (goldfish definitely have more than a 3-second memory) and show how fish lead colourful, noisy, thoughtful lives. And she hopes to convince as many people as possible to become fishwatchers. Whether you put on a pair of wellies and visit a beach at low tide, peer into ponds and rivers, or grab a pair of goggles and jump right in, there are loads of ways to explore the incredible world of fish and discover for yourself just how fascinating these animals can be.
Dr Helen Scales is a marine biologist, broadcaster and author, who’s spent hundreds of hours underwater watching fish. Her books about the oceans and the living planet include Spirals in Time, about seashells and molluscs, which was BBC Radio 4’s book of the week and shortlisted for the Royal Society of Biology Book Award. In her latest book, Eye of the Shoal, Helen explores the wonders of fish.
Friday 19 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium