Ecologists name newly discovered fish after President Obama

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ST. LOUIS, MO – Remember A Fish Called Wanda?

Well, now there’s a fish called Obama, but it won’t be playing at a theater near you.

It’s one of five newly discovered species found by ecologists with Geosyntec Consultants and Saint Louis University.

They’re all darters. The fish, not the ecologists.

A darter is a small, speedy perch that lives in rivers and creeks in North America. You’ve probably heard of the snail darter, that tiny fish, a little larger than a paper clip. It found itself on the endangered species list and held up the completion of a big dam project in Tennessee.

These puppies, well, darters, are not endangered. At least not yet. That’s because once you name something, it’s hard to get rid of it. Besides Obama, the ecologists named the fish after Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, although technically only a vice president, and Bill Clinton.

We’re not sure what criteria the ecologists used to pair a president with a fish, but we think we know about one thing they have in common: they’re all flip floppers.

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