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Programmers added the fish swimming around in the pond later as well.

LeRoy Strauss design notes for Phendrana Shorelines.


Fish are a recurring element in water areas in the Metroid series. The most common species of fish is present on Tallon IV in Metroid Prime, and are only named as such in the design notes for Phendrana Shorelines which identifies the creatures seen in the waters.

They cannot be scanned, but do give off heat signatures when the Thermal Visor is used. They strongly resemble tadpoles and travel in small schools and are present in most locations where there is water and scatter when shot at. They are kept in tanks in Save Station Mines A and B in the Phazon Mines for unknown reasons. It is possible that they were being kept as experiments or pets by the Space Pirates.

An almost identical species of fish appears in Torvus Bog in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. They behave much like Tallon's fish, and share the heat signatures. However, they more or less resemble guppies.

Protozoans appear in the Impact Crater in Metroid Prime which behave exactly like the fish seen elsewhere on Tallon IV.

Tallon IV locationsEdit

VariationsEdit

The Chomper Fish appears in the same game; they are quite larger in size and are only seen inactive (either dead or frozen). One such fish exists on a small stand in Research Lab Hydra, with a Space Pirate standing next to it when Samus arrives for the first time.

The strangely named Rock icicle from SR388 resembles a fish but does not inhabit aquatic areas and drops down from cave ceilings in an attempt to hit Samus. The Moheek from the same planet resembles a fish-out-of-water with damaging tendrils growing out of its head.

Skultera is a species of aggressive fish native to Zebes, and are present on the BOTTLE SHIP and Biologic Space Laboratories research station as well.

The Scarp resembles a fish, though it appears to have been heavily experimented on.

Metroid: Other M also features an unidentified species of fish that travels in a massive school under the floor of the room where Samus first encounters a Gigafraug. These fish resemble swordfish and are unaffected by the Wave Beam.

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