Swimming Fish Poster


This swimming fish poster shows three koi carp lazy in the water, seen from above

– Our posters are available in various size options – see below
– Printed on thick, museum-quality, archival, durable, matte paper
– Colours will remain vibrant for decades
– Mailed to you rolled in a tube

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This swimming fish poster shows three koi carp lazy in the water, seen from above. Their sleek bodies slide through the water and a dorsal fin just breaks the surface of the water.

In case you are not familiar with the dorsal fin, it is a fin that sticks vertically upward on the back of most fish, whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Most species have a single dorsal fin, but some have two or even three dorsal fins.

The word koi comes from Japanese, and it means carp. So Koi Carp is really just a repetition of the word, like saying carp carp.

For example, it’s like the way we say PIN number. PIN means personal identification number. So when we say PIN number we are really saying ‘personal identification number number.’

In Japanese, koi sounds like another Japanese word that means affection or love. For that reason, they symbolise love and friendship.

As you might have guessed because of the similarity of appearance, it was selective breeding of carp in China that led to the production of the goldfish. That is, they were first bred for colour mutations in China more than a thousand years ago. And because koi are cold water fish, they could be bred selectively in lots of environments.

In consequence, it was by selectively breeding the Prussian carp that people were eventually able to produce the goldfish. If you are like me, perhaps you too find it odd that goldfish were produced in this way and did not simply evolve naturally? That is to say, without intentional breeding there would not be any goldfish.

How Fish Swim

Compared to air, water is very dense. It is also well nigh incompressible. If a fish tried to push its way into the water ahead of it, it would wear itself out pushing into that resistance.

That’s not how fish swim. Instead they swim by bending their bodies this way and that, by relaxing and tensing the muscles along either side of their bodies. The effect is to create an S shape. That’s not all. Fish move their caudal fins (the fin on their tails) this way and that in the opposite direction to the movement of their bodies. The total effect is a wave that travels along their bodies. It sucks the fish into the lower pressure space they create with that movement. And that’s how they move forward.

Additional information

Weight 50 g

30×40 cm, 50×70 cm, 61×91 cm, 70×100 cm