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“The transportation of fresh-water fish [across the ocean, in a sealed barge] is particularly troubling, although the record indicates that they ‘did also prepare a vessel, in which they did carry them, the fish of the waters’ (Book of Mormon, Ether 2:2). The conveyance of a fish tank for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of miles over various terrain would have been difficult at best.”

~Dan Vogel, Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet, pages 343-344; 2004~