The Frozen Fish Sticks

Exploring the world of fish


Audrey Nguyen-Hoang

Faculty members Christopher Bryan and Bill Gollier fish tanks freeze with fish inside them. Nobody knows if they survived.

Diego Klish

The fish enclosure that we have all come to know and love, with its wonderful array of fish and colorful botany, has fallen to winter. The once crystal-clear water is now frozen solid, leaving students to wonder about the fate of the beloved fish inside.
When asked whether the fish were okay, faculty member Bill Gollier responds, “What? Those fish? Why wouldn’t they be? They’ll be fine.”
When questioned further, Gollier explains, “They have a pump, and they’re small enough that they won’t be frozen. They live in much worse conditions.”
One might wonder why someone would write a story about a commonly known fact of fish behavior. The answer? That someone did not get a basic education and still chose to write a feature despite knowing that not a single person would be concerned about the fish.
The age-old question of how fish continue to survive winter after winter was answered. It is a well-known fact that all of the fish in ponds die each year and then we put them back. But now, looking back at the logistics of adding millions of fish to the water every spring, this does not add up as well as widely believed.
Shortly after the creation of this article, the fish tank exploded and the fate of the fish remains unknown.