World’s hottest fish in Kenya, creating warm ripples

By Gatonye Gathura

The world’s hottest fish, the Magadi tilapia lives in Kenya some times in water of up to 45.6 °C the highest ever recorded for a fish.

The small fish Alcolapia grahami, in Lake Magadi lives in one of the most challenging aquatic environments on earth, characterized by very high alkalinity, unusual water chemistry and temperature regimes.

How this fish has managed to survive and even thrive in such a harsh environment is currently the focus of attention from global scholars. The thinking is that it can offer clues on how humanity can survive in a warming planet.

“The Magadi tilapia represents a bellwether (lead) organism for global warming,” this is the conclusion of a recent study by scholars from Kenya, US, Brazil, Canada, Belgium and South Africa.

The study was published last week in Nature’s Scientific Reports. Read: DOI: 10.1038/srep26990

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