How many fish would it take to pull a boat? Well, just one fish might do the trick! Bluefin tuna can grow to be 15 feet long and 1,500 pounds — and they can swim 40 miles per hour. A couple years ago, a 700-pound tuna pulled a boat around for 8 miles. But most fish are much smaller. This fisherman estimates an 8-pound bass could pull 5 pounds. Let’s do some math to figure out how many fish it would take to pull you!

*Wee ones:* Look at the picture. Do you think there are more than 3 fish in the picture? Hold up 3 fingers to compare.

*Little kids:* If a tuna pulls you 8 miles, how many miles do you have to swim on your own to go a total of 10 miles? *Bonus:* How much longer than you is a 15-foot tuna? Subtract your height from 15 feet!

*Big kids:* If it takes 40 bass fish to pull a rowboat, and each fish is pulling 5 pounds, how much are they pulling altogether? *Bonus:* How many of those fish would it take to pull 1 ton – 2,000 pounds?

Answers:

*Wee ones:* Yes, there are certainly more than 3 fish in that picture!

*Little kids:* 2 miles. *Bonus:* Different for everyone: that fish might be 10 feet longer than you – or more!

*Big kids:* 200 pounds. *Bonus:* 400 bass fish.