Scientific games culture has its own take on fish tanks, which are often built in the hopes that they’ll somehow reduce the risk of being eaten by sharks.
The catch-a-fish-toy game is an offshoot of science and technology culture.
For those in the industry, it’s a way to try to attract more research funding and encourage collaboration between scientists.
The science-centric hobby has been around for decades, with more than 50 different companies in the US alone.
It’s popular for a reason.
It provides a way for scientists to make friends, get a bit of exercise and socialise with other scientists, which can also help keep them sane when it comes to dealing with a potentially lethal environment.
So it makes sense that the fish tank would have a similar purpose.
“It was actually a really popular game, with scientists,” said Jennifer Narducci, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz who studies the science-obsessed hobby.
The idea came to Narducc after she and her colleagues found that people who built a tank with a fish in it were more likely to be successful in their studies. “
So you had to build a tank that would prevent you from seeing any sharks at all, and so it was kind of an experiment in socialization.”
The idea came to Narducc after she and her colleagues found that people who built a tank with a fish in it were more likely to be successful in their studies.
“In many ways, it was a great game to be a part of,” she said.
“And so it sort of became a kind of cult of science.”
But it wasn’t the only way to encourage research in the hobby.
The fish tank also inspired the creation of a website, ScienceFishing, which offers free and low-cost fish-toys for use in research.
ScienceFishes also has a new Facebook page, Science Fishes, where members can connect and ask questions about fish-keeping.
The idea is to encourage members to share their knowledge and experience with other members and to help them better understand fish behaviour and other aspects of science.
“We wanted to give scientists a safe space in which they could be creative and share their ideas,” Narduci said.
ScienceFish’s website was created to encourage more science-oriented hobbyists to share knowledge.
It features an array of videos and pictures of fish and aquariums, and even offers a video tutorial for beginners.
The video series includes some of the most popular species of fish, such as the blue and green salmon, as well as some new ones like the golden hare and white tiger shark.
For some of its members, like Narduca, the idea of having a fish tank for free is a bit appealing.
“You can do it for a lot less money than you could if you were just going to buy a real fish tank,” she says.
“That’s why it’s so appealing.”
But not everyone is as enthusiastic about the idea.
“I think it’s kind of silly to think that we can all get together and play this game, and be in a tank together,” said Rebecca Klimm, who teaches at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies in Antarctica.
“For many of us, the ocean is our world, and we’re trying to get out of it.”
It’s not clear how many fish tanks are in use around the world.
Some studies have found that some fish tank owners may be more likely than others to buy one.
The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council said that in 2016, just 2.6 per cent of people in the UK were registered to own a fishtank.
But a study from Australia last year found that fish tank ownership was almost twice as common among fish owners as non-fish owners.
“A lot of people will have a hobby and think they can just buy one, but there’s a lot of research that shows people are very reluctant to do that,” said Narduc.
“People are scared that they’re going to get bitten by a shark.”
In the US, there are no official statistics for how many people own a home-built fish tank.
But it’s not hard to find anecdotal evidence to support this idea.
It appears that most of us are happy to share the ocean with other people, but the idea that people should build a safe and secure environment for their own research is a little hard to swallow.