Daily Mail believes there is such thing as a transgender fish.
David Attenborough narrates the popular nature documentary series, Blue Planet.
Blue Planet II begins airing this weekend (29 October).
The documentary has captured previously unseen footage of the Asian Sheepshead Wrasse changing gender.
The Daily Mail has reported the fish as being ‘transgender’ and say there are other species of ‘transgender fish.’
They say the fish can ‘unexpectedly switch gender.’
NATURE: Daily Mail readers have just found out about sequential hermaphroditism in fish and now think it’s part of the BBC political agenda. pic.twitter.com/9PtOhnMTRv
— The DM Reporter (@DMReporter) October 26, 2017
Sequential hermaphroditism is the scientific term for what happened.
It refers to when a fish, slug, snail or plant changes sex at some point during its life.
There are a few reasons as to why an animal may change sex.
Reproductive success and continued survival are the main reasons.
It can also happen due to environmental factors or chemical triggers but scientists do not yet fully understand this.
Wait, how can fish have genders, let alone be transgender? That's a social construct. Are they sapient now?
— Subbak (@Subb4k) October 26, 2017
People have had some interesting reactions
Daily Mail causing controversy
The Daily Mail often publishes controversial headlines regarding the LGBTI community.
This summer, the UK’s largest trans children’s charity Mermaids found itself in the firing line following a Daily Mail headline.
Daily Mail wrote in August: ‘How 800 children as young as 10 have been given sex change drugs.’
The headline resulted in Mermaids being targeted with hate comments, and having to block 20 profiles a day.
Daily Mail caused controversy again in October after outing a young gay Conservative.
The article showed pictures of young Conservatives on a night out after the Conservative Party conference.
The unnamed 19-year-old explained: ‘At the moment I’m living in fear, I don’t feel like I can even leave the house because of what people might say.’