We slaughter fish in their trillions every year, and force them to lead lives of prolonged suffering in aquaculture operations. The majority of scientists now agree that fish are sentient, but what about their intelligence?
Because they live in an environment that humans could not survive in, we tend to view marine life as ‘alien’, and not as intelligent as land animals. But fishes are much more like us than we think.
In his fascinating book ‘What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives Of Our Underwater Cousins‘, ethologist and author Johnathan Balcombe challenges our assumptions about fishes, and asks his readers to take a more enlightened view of Earthlings who live in the sea.