15 Amazing Facts To Impress Your Friends With

11Female opossums have 13 nipples

This does not apply to all opossums but just specifically to the North American opossum that is known as ‘Virginia opossum’ or just by the normal ‘possum’. Possums grow to the size of a normal domestic cat and have a tiny pouch like a kangaroo. Inside this tiny pouch are 13 nipples that are in the order of a circle. This helps the baby possums get food and stay attached to their mother for 50-55 days.

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12The largest bony fish

The ocean sunfish is the largest known bony fish as it weighs around 2 tons and feasts on jellyfish. The female of this species can produce around 300,000,000 eggs at a single time. In 1910 a sunfish was captured that weighed around 1,600 kilograms. A sunfish’s diet usually consists of jellyfish as well as crustaceans, squid, and fish larvae.

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13Another fact about the sunfish

The sunfish has a length of around 8.2 feet and are laterally flat with a tail-like structure at the back. The reproductive feature of this fish makes it quite interesting as it can produce around 300 million eggs at one time. The sunfish are known to grow very quickly. The only animals that can prey on sunfish are sharks, killer whales, and sea lions.

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14A year on Mercury

Mercury is the first planet in our solar system and is the hottest and closest to the sun. Day and night on Mercury are longer than the ones on Earth. To complete its orbit around the sun Mercury takes 88 Earth days which means one year on Mercury is just 88 days. One year on Earth has 365 days.

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15The distance between the sun and Mercury

The closest Mercury can get to the sun during its orbit is 46 million kilometers and the furthest it can get during its orbit is around 70 million kilometers.  Unlike earth, where the sun takes just 24 hours to return to the same position on Mercury, it takes 176 Earth days for the sun to set, rise, and come back on Mercury.

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