Biology

Believe It or Not, Bass Actually Have Hair Cells

When Dr. Jimmy Liao released this video on his Fish Code Studios YouTube channel, we didn't quite know what to think. We all think of bass as slimy fish, but they actually have microscopic hair cells, similar to those in your inner ear, in canals along the head and along the surface of the skin. As these hairs are stimulated, the bass is able to feel its surroundings. This is what enables bass to sense water displacement of fishing lures. 

In addition, Dr. Liao claims that it's not always your fault when you miss a fish. Depending upon the orientation of their head and body as they swim, these tiny hairs may cause sensory conflict which is when two senses (sight and feel in this case) tell the fish two different things.