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  • Mexican Religious Rite Has Created Super Poison-Tolerant Cave Fish

    09/15/2010 3:57:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Discover ^ | 9/15/2010
    Any culture’s religious ceremonies can seem strange to outsiders: For example, take the indigenous Zoque people of southern Mexico. To ask their gods for bountiful rains during the growing season they head to a sulfur cave where molly fish swim in the subterranean lake. They then toss in leaf bundles that contain a paste made from the mashed-up root of the Barbasco plant, which has a powerful anesthetic effect. When the stunned fish–which the Zoque people consider a gift from underworld gods–go belly-up, people scoop them from the water and bring them home for supper. This fishy protein helps them...
  • We're going to need a bigger bowl! Fisherman catches massive 30lb 'goldfish'

    09/07/2010 5:18:14 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 9/7/2010 | Mail Online
    It might look like an enormously generous fairground prize. But no goldfish bowl in the world could contain this catch. The orange koi carp weighs 30lb - the same as an average three-year-old girl - and is thought to be one of the largest of its kind ever captured.
  • Dead Fish Washing Up On NJ's Delaware Bay Beaches

    08/11/2010 5:36:39 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 52 replies ^ | 08/11/2010 | Staff
    MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) ― Tens of thousands of dead fish have washed ashore along the Delaware Bay in southern New Jersey. State environmental and wildlife officials say it's not yet clear what killed the fish, which appear to exclusively small menhaden, also known as peanut bunker.
  • What In The World is This Animal In Bloomfield Township

    08/08/2010 7:54:20 PM PDT · by shibumi · 48 replies
    WJBK Fox 2, Detroit ^ | August 6, 2010 | Staff
    (( Staff)) - Do you know what this is? Joel from Bloomfield Township says this animal started showing up in his backyard yesterday. He took a few photos and sent them to us to help identify the animal. Please scroll through them. We've sent them off to Veterinarian but until we hear back, what's your call? Add your ideas in the comment box below. We'll post the answers from the experts once we get them. See if you're right. UPDATE: Some quick research has our staff thinking it's a mangy fox or a coyote. Still, what do you think? (Slide...
  • N.J.'s oyster industry faces shutdown if federal health requirements not met

    07/30/2010 10:02:20 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 1+ views
    star ledger ^ | Sunday, July 18, 2010 | Brian T. Murray
    New Jersey faces a potential shutdown of its $790 million oyster, clam and mussel harvest if federally-mandated health inspections and coastal patrols are not improved this summer, according to state and federal authorities. How the state responds over the next few months to federal requirements geared toward preventing outbreaks of illness from contaminated shellfish is crucial to the mollusk industry, said officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA contends the state Department of Health and Senior Services failed to conduct adequate inspections in 2008 and 2009 at plants that process the mollusks hauled in by small, commercial...
  • Doomed fish at ruined lake going down well as gator aid

    07/24/2010 11:21:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Garin Groff East Valley Tribune
    The fish that remain in what's left of Tempe Town Lake face certain death, so they'll be scooped out and tossed into the snapping jaws of alligators. The city showed off its lake-cleanup plan Friday by trotting out a 6-foot gator that is one of many creatures to benefit from the lake going bust. Several animal-rescue groups will use the fish to feed alligators, turtles, birds of prey and other recovered animals that feast on flesh. The city wants the fish removed before they die, or soon enough after they expire that they can safely be used as food. Other...
  • Got Hemorrhoids? Blame Your Inner Fish

    07/05/2010 9:13:23 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | July 5, 2010 | Joe Palca
    In part one of NPR's new series about human origins, “The Human Edge,” I look at how much of what makes humans human has actually been borrowed from much simpler creatures. For example, single celled organisms called eukaryotes figured out sex a billion years before humans did. But evolution has its drawbacks – like hemorrhoids. Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin of the University of Chicago has written extensively about the debt humans owe other creatures. He has a popular book on the topic: Your Inner Fish. One of his claims to fame is that he discovered Tiktaalik, a fish that sports...
  • Giant, leaping Asian carp threaten US Great Lakes

    01/19/2010 5:31:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,010+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/10 | Mira Oberman
    CHICAGO (AFP) – Huge Asian carp, which act like "aquatic vacuum cleaners" and leap into the air when spooked by motorboats, may have invaded the US Great Lakes despite a massive effort to block them, officials said Tuesday. Researchers analyzing water samples have discovered fragments of Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan, although there is still no evidence that that fast-breeding fish have breached electric barriers set up along Chicago-area waterways. "Clearly this is not good news," said Major General John Peabody, commanding general of the US Army Corps of Engineers' Great Lakes and Ohio River division. The Corps is...
  • Dispersal Barrier Efficacy Study INTERIM III

    06/05/2010 4:44:42 AM PDT · by Western Phil · 3 replies · 174+ views
    US Army Corps of Engineers ^ | June 4, 2010 | Unknown
    Executive Summary: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was directed in WRDA 2007, Section 3061(b)(1)(D) to conduct a study of a range of options or technologies for reducing impacts of hazards that may reduce the efficacy of the Electrical Dispersal Barriers located on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC), hereafter referred to as the Efficacy Study. The Electrical Dispersal Barriers were designed to reduce the risk of inter-basin transfer of fish from the Mississippi River and Great Lakes drainage basins via the CSSC. It consists of three electrical barriers, Barrier I, IIA and IIB that comprise the Electrical...
  • Single Asian carp found 6 miles from Lake Michigan

    06/24/2010 8:47:04 AM PDT · by Jim from C-Town · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press Via Yahoo News ^ | Wed Jun 23, 8:41 pm ET | By SERENA DAI and JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press Writers
    CHICAGO – An Asian carp was found for the first time beyond electric barriers meant to keep the voracious invasive species out of the Great Lakes, state and federal officials said Wednesday, prompting renewed calls for swift action to block their advance. Commercial fishermen landed the 3-foot-long, 20-pound bighead carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side, about six miles from Lake Michigan, according to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.
  • Single Asian carp found 6 miles from Lake Michigan

    06/24/2010 4:59:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    AP ^ | June 23, 2010 | Serena Dai and John Flesher
    An Asian carp was found for the first time beyond electric barriers meant to keep the voracious invasive species out of the Great Lakes, state and federal officials said Wednesday, prompting renewed calls for swift action to block their advance. Commercial fishermen landed the 3-foot-long, 20-pound bighead carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side, about six miles from Lake Michigan, according to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.
  • Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

    06/20/2010 7:06:45 PM PDT · by kbennkc · 8 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 20 JUN 10 | Alex Spillius
    Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the "idealism" of Barack Obama's inner circle. Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to "bang heads together" to get policy pushed through. Mr Emanuel, 50, enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama but they are understood to have reached an understanding that differences over style mean he will serve only half the full four-year term. Friends say he is also worried about burnout and losing touch with his...
  • Men Arrested, Koi Fish Beaten to Death

    06/04/2010 5:04:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 675+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | June 03, 2010
    TWO men suspects were arrested today in connection with the beating deaths of dozens of Koi fish on a California college campus. Two men were captured on surveillance cameras beating the fish with baseball bats yesterday, KTXL-TV in Sacramento reported. At least 13 fish were killed and several others injured in the attack at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Several of the injured Koi remained in their pond today, KTXL reported.
  • Radioactive fish near Vt. nuke plant deemed common

    05/30/2010 4:39:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies · 481+ views
    AP ^ | May 31, 2010 | DAVE GRAM
    Radioactive fish near Vt. nuke plant deemed common MONTPELIER, Vt. — When a fish taken from the Connecticut River recently tested positive for radioactive strontium-90, suspicion focused on the nearby Vermont Yankee nuclear plant as the likely source. Operators of the troubled 38-year-old nuclear plant on the banks of the river, where work is under way to clean up leaking radioactive tritium, revealed this month that it also found soil contaminated with strontium-90, an isotope linked to bone cancer and leukemia. Three days later, officials said a fish caught four miles upstream from the reactor in February had tested positive...
  • Exclusive Undersea View (Video @ link)

    05/21/2010 8:17:35 AM PDT · by chemicalman · 5 replies · 560+ views
    Fox 8 News New Orleans ^ | 5/20/10 | John Snell
    Venice, LA.-- As oil begins to cake the Louisiana marsh, one great unanswered question is what lies below the surface. A team of divers hired by Fox 8 set out to gauge the undersea impact. Charter Boat Captain Al Walker found the oil slick 24 miles off the coast of Venice, about half way to the Deepwater Horizon site in some of the richest fishing territory on the planet. "It's an emotional roller coaster right now," Walker said. Walker, behind the camera, and fellow diver Terry Migaud go exploring in what may as well be another world, a city of...
  • Backing off on environmental perfection

    05/20/2010 2:22:30 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies · 256+ views
    The Manteca Bulletin ^ | 5-20-10 | Dennis Wyatt
    It will go down as a landmark decision. U.S. District Judge OIiver W. Wagner ruled this week that people have rights. That may sound a bit daffy but in the wacky world of California water politics people take second class citizen status behind fish and even vegetation. In a nutshell, Wagner ruled that federal water officials must consider humans along with fish when it comes to divvying up how California’s most precious resource – water – is discharged or moved through the Delta. The judge also directed the federal government to stop using what he termed “guestimations” instead of precise...
  • Bishop Tobin: Get Ready – The Mass is About to Change

    05/20/2010 10:42:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 75 replies · 944+ views
    Rhode Island Catholic ^ | 5/20/2010 | Bishop Thomas J. Tobin
    So, sometime next year you’re attending Sunday Mass as you always do, the priest takes his place in the sanctuary, makes the Sign of the Cross and says “The Lord be with you,” and you dutifully respond, “And also with you.” “Wrong,” the priest says, “The correct answer now is, ‘And with your spirit’.” That’s the scenario you’re likely to encounter in the not-too-distant future as some of the language of the Mass, language with which we’ve become very familiar, is about to change. The change is the result of a new translation of the Roman Missal, a translation that’s...
  • Oceans' fish could disappear in 40 years: UN

    05/17/2010 10:50:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 107 replies · 1,629+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/10 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 without fundamental restructuring of the fishing industry, UN experts said Monday. "If the various estimates we have received... come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish," Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program's green economy initiative, told journalists in New York. A Green Economy report due later this year by UNEP and outside experts argues this disaster can be avoided if subsidies to fishing fleets are slashed and fish are given protected...
  • New dictionary term: Sea Kittens (PETA strikes again)

    05/14/2010 7:55:18 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 24 replies · 492+ views
    PETA’s Sea Kittens: Coming to a Dictionary Soon? 5/13/10 Instead of simply embracing silly PR stunts, PETA, the nation’s most outrageous animal rights group, is now attempting to get its preferred term for fish, “sea kitten”, used as a synonym in the dictionary. PETA has petitioned Merriam-Webster, one of the largest producers of dictionaries in the nation to include “sea kitten” as a synonym for “fish” in upcoming editions. PETA claims that the term is becoming increasingly popular since it started a marketing campaign in 2008 using the phrase. It further claims that "sea kittens" are just as intelligent as...
  • Rare 'King of Herrings' found off coast (Sweden)

    05/13/2010 5:16:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies · 1,435+ views ^ | 5/12/2010 | LOUISE NORDSTROM
    STOCKHOLM (AP) - First he thought it was a piece of plastic floating near the shoreline. When he got closer, 73-year-old Kurt Ove Eriksson realized the 12-foot (3.65-meter) serpent-like object was a rare creature from the depths of the ocean. Marine biologists later determined Eriksson had found a Giant Oarfish — the world's largest bony fish — last seen in Swedish waters about 130 years ago. "It was very long and shiny," Eriksson told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "It also had whiskers, even though it looked like they had been broken off. And a strange light-pink dorsal fin." A...
  • State paying anglers to keep rainbow trout

    05/05/2010 2:33:37 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,040+ views
    khq ^ | May 4, 2010
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Anglers fishing the South Fork of the Snake River could soon be getting paid to keep rainbow trout. The cash-for-rainbow program is the latest management tool aimed at helping preserve native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, a species struggling to keep pace with rainbows.
  • Pregnant hammerhead shark found dead on Delray Beach

    04/30/2010 1:56:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies · 1,026+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 30, 2010 | Jerome Bu
    A dead, fish-hooked, pregnant hammerhead shark washed ashore on Delray Beach, but its 35 pups could not be saved, despite efforts by researchers, police said. The 13-foot shark washed up around 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of North Ocean Boulevard and a large crowd gathered around it. A fish hook had to be removed from the shark's mouth. Police are not investigating because it is unclear where the hook came from and whether a crime was committed, police spokesman Jeff Messer said.
  • Californian officials spend £10.8 million($16.7 million) on 'fish ladders'

    04/26/2010 7:37:52 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 420+ views
    telegraph ^ | 26 Apr 2010
    Californian officials have been accused of wasting millions of dollars on concrete fish ladders, cameras and fishways to allow endangered trout to spawn in streams. Conservationists say there is little evidence construction efforts since the 1980s have done anything except absorb taxpayers' money. The work to save the steelhead species has led to about a dozen concrete fishways at a cost of more than $16.7 million (£10.8 million) One fish ladder would require fish to leap 8ft (2m) to reach it. "If we do a series of rubbish projects like fish ladders to nowhere ... then the public trust for...
  • Studies aim to resolve confusion over mercury risks from fish

    04/25/2010 5:06:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 720+ views
    Science News ^ | April 21st, 2010 | Janet Raloff
    Research identifies riskier fish and ways to limit potentially harmful exposures The way it boosts neural development in babies and protects the hearts and minds of adults, fish could be considered a health food. Yet the methylmercury pollution that taints fish worldwide can erase these advantages and even trigger profound mental and cardiovascular harm. Several new papers now suggest strategies by which American diners can negotiate the mercury minefield to tap dietary benefits in fish. Their authors also call for reform of federal guidelines that can confuse consumers on mercury risks from fish. Mercury is a global pollutant. Some comes...
  • Okie Noodling Tournament Photos

    04/08/2010 10:09:20 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 54 replies · 1,657+ views
    Once a year, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, is home to the Okie Noodling Tournament, a 24-hour race to bring in the biggest catch using an unusual—and sometimes dangerous—technique. Unlike traditional anglers, noodlers forego the rod and reel and take on massive catfish with their hands, pulling them from holes by their toothless mouths.
  • Fish With Human-like Teeth

    04/01/2010 7:41:06 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 2,330+ views
    Pacu fish, cousins to the piranha and known as "frugivores," have human-like teeth that can crack nuts and fruits.
  • Fish survives fall from the sky

    04/01/2010 6:55:47 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,035+ views
    upi ^ | March. 31
    MELBOURNE, Fla.- A Florida restaurant said a fish that fell from the sky and landed on an employee's windshield is alive and on display at the eatery's pond. Angel Pacheco, an employee at Chameleon's sushi bar in Melbourne, said a worker was preparing to leave for the day when the fish landed on the windshield of his truck, WESH-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Wednesday. "They brought him into the kitchen, put him in some water, he started flopping around and they said, 'Oh wow, we're going to have fresh sushi because we're a great sushi bar here,' and I said, 'Wait...
  • Gimme That Filet-o-Fish: Man Slaps McD Worker for Fish Filet

    03/31/2010 12:51:05 PM PDT · by rightbrained · 26 replies · 1,190+ views
    NBC-NY/RHP ^ | 3/31/10
    Police said the customer crawled out of his car and into the drive thru window to get his fish sandwich, after slapping the McDonald's employee in the face. "His Filet-O-Fish was taking too long at 4:30 in the morning," said South Brunswick Police Detective Sergeant James Ryan to NBCNewYork.
  • Woman convicted of selling fish to minor

    03/30/2010 3:41:30 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 2,209+ views
    upi ^ | March. 30, 2010
    SALE, England, - A 66-year-old British woman was fined and ordered to wear an ankle monitor as punishment for selling a goldfish to a 14-year-old. Joan Higgins, 66, owner of Majors Pet Shop in Sale, England, was fined $1,506, ordered to wear an ankle monitor and given a seven-week curfew as punishment for selling a goldfish to a 14-year-old boy sent into the store by police on a test buy, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday. A 2006 law prohibits the sale of live fish to children under the age of 16. Higgins' son, Mark, 47, was fined $1,300 and ordered...
  • There's Something in thw Water

    03/29/2010 5:42:06 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 31 replies · 978+ views
    Scientists now tell us there is something in our waters that we least expected. That “something” is a class of chemicals called endocrine disruptors, and Dr. Vicki Blazer, a fisheries biologist at the United States Geological Survey, thinks the chemicals are responsible for the high concentrations of intersex fish found in the Potomac, and other rivers in the mid-Atlantic. The chemicals also prove a threat to human health, but a bit of explanation, first. Our body’s endocrine system is a complex network of glands and hormones that regulate growth, development, and the operation of various organs. The endocrine glands (for...
  • Japan sighs relief as bluefin tuna ban fails

    03/19/2010 11:52:31 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 672+ views
    csmonitor ^ | March 19, 2010 | Gavin Blair
    Rejection Thursday of a bluefin tuna ban at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) drew sighs of relief from sushi chefs and fishermen across Japan. Japan consumes about three-quarters of the globe's bluefin tuna.
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • Tenn. Senate says fish, birds OK in barber shops

    03/17/2010 10:23:38 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 228+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 17 | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Let the record reflect that the Tennessee state Senate has endorsed fish tanks and live birds in barber shops. The Senate on Wednesday voted 30-1 for a measure allowing barber shops to display live fish and birds. A companion bill passed the House earlier this month and the legislation is headed to the governor.
  • Pan-Fried Tilapia

    03/16/2010 2:12:44 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 23 replies · 789+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 3/16/10 | Stacey Winder
    Ingredients: 1 lb. tilapia filets 1/2 cup corn meal 1/2 cup flour 1 tbsp. salt 1 tbsp. flour
  • NASA Uses Fish to Fight Space Sickness

    03/06/2010 1:39:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 508+ views ^ | 3/5/10 | Jeremy Hsu
    Astronauts love doing zero-G stunts on the International Space Station, but only after the urge to vomit from space sickness has faded. Now fish, snails and other animals could help understand whether living in space can create long-term or even permanent damage in the inner ear. Scientists found that the inner ears of toadfish have high sensitivity to even the slightest movements, and that the toadfish brain can both boost and reduce signals from the sensitive inner ear. Because humans have very similar ear structures to these and other animals, toadfish could provide clues about how astronauts' inner ears adapt...
  • Fish rain on Australian town

    03/02/2010 5:39:13 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 1,298+ views
    upi. ^ | March 2
    LAJAMANU, Australia - Weather experts said the fish that fell on a remote Australian town for two days had likely been sucked up by a thunderstorm before falling to the ground. Residents of Lajamanu said hundreds of small white fish, believed to be common spangled perch, fell from the sky during the weekend despite the town's location 326 miles from the nearest river, The Sun reported. Locals said many of the fish were still alive when they hit the ground. Mark Kersemakers, a senior forecaster with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, said the fish could have been transported by a...
  • Shark-filled aquarium in Dubai mall springs leak

    02/25/2010 6:01:54 AM PST · by driftdiver · 21 replies · 763+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | Adam Schreck
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Middle East's biggest shopping mall was partially evacuated Thursday as maintenance crews scrambled to contain a leak that amateur video showed spilling water out of the shark-filled aquarium. The footage posted on the Web site of Dubai newspaper Gulf News showed the water from the 2.6 million gallon tank showering down on the mall's polished floors. Visitors were kept far from the scene shortly after the water began pouring from behind the 2-1/2 foot (0.75 meter) thick viewing panel, making it difficult to gauge the extent of the damage. From a distance, most of...
  • Giant bizarre deep sea fish filmed in Gulf of Mexico (Oarfish, can reach 50 ft. (17m) in length)

    02/08/2010 9:49:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 4,327+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2/8/10 | Jody Bourton
    Extraordinary footage of a rarely seen giant deep sea fish has been captured by scientists. Using a remotely operated vehicle, they caught a rare glimpse of the huge oarfish, perhaps the first sighting of the fish in its natural setting. The oarfish, which can reach 17m long, has previously only been seen on a few occasions dying at the sea surface, or dead washed ashore. The scientists also filmed for the first time the behaviour of a manefish. Mark Benfield from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, US was undertaking a survey as part of the Serpent project, a collaboration between...
  • Blind woman lands 214-pound fish

    01/19/2010 7:47:22 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 1 replies · 475+ views
    upi ^ | Jan. 19, 2010
    LONDON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A blind British grandmother landed a 214-pound freshwater catfish while vacationing with her family in Spain, her relatives said. Sheila Penfold, 56, of London, said her husband, Alan, and son, Arthur, guided her as she struggled with the huge catfish, believed to be the largest ever freshwater fish landed by a British woman, for 30 minutes before yanking it from the River Ebro, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday. Penfold said she had to examine the fish up close to really appreciate its size," she said. "I was exhausted but elated afterwards. The record has taken...
  • Blind woman lands 214-pound fish

    01/19/2010 7:47:22 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 1,150+ views
    upi ^ | Jan. 19, 2010
    LONDON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A blind British grandmother landed a 214-pound freshwater catfish while vacationing with her family in Spain, her relatives said. Sheila Penfold, 56, of London, said her husband, Alan, and son, Arthur, guided her as she struggled with the huge catfish, believed to be the largest ever freshwater fish landed by a British woman, for 30 minutes before yanking it from the River Ebro, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday. Penfold said she had to examine the fish up close to really appreciate its size," she said. "I was exhausted but elated afterwards. The record has taken...
  • Bottlenose dolphins mud-ring feeding (Smart way to catch fishes!)

    01/19/2010 12:38:22 PM PST · by greatdefender · 11 replies · 753+ views
    This was send by a friend of my and this idea got started by a female dolphin! Go fig, huh?
  • Male Fish Punish Unruly Females -- And Benefit, Study Says

    01/11/2010 1:13:36 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 588+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | January 8, 2009 | Brian Handwerk
    Cheaters may not prosper—but punishers do, according to a new study. Male cleaner fish will chase and pester female fish if they interfere with the male's mealtime—the first evidence of a species benefiting from third-party punishment. If you're a cleaner fish, it's bad table manners to nibble on the mucous layer of "client" fish, which are generally bigger than the cleaners. Clients stop by multifish cleaning "stations" to get rid of their parasites, which become food for the cleaners. But biting off a chunk of tasty mucous means the larger fish may flee—so one mischievous cleaner can deprive another from...
  • Court: New self-defense laws not retroactive

    01/05/2010 4:36:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 361+ views ^ | 4 January, 2010 | Howard Fischer
    A bid by state legislators to retroactively change self-defense laws is unconstitutional, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled. Without dissent, the judges said Cesar Montes, convicted of the 2005 shooting death of Benjamin Cota in Pima County and the wounding of two others, is not entitled to take advantage of changes in self-defense laws enacted after the shootings. But unless overturned, the new ruling it also could affect other cases where people convicted of murder have been trying to use the new law — the one the appellate court just voided — to get a new trial. David Euchner, a...
  • World's Weirdest Fish?

    12/28/2009 1:05:36 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 49 replies · 5,257+ views
    Seahorses are truly unique, and not just because of their unusual equine shape. Unlike most other fish, they are monogamous and mate for life. Rarer still, they are among the only animal species on Earth in which the male bears the unborn young. Found in shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world, these upright-swimming relatives of the pipefish can range in size from 0.6 inches (1.5 centimeters) to 14 inches (35 centimeters) long. Male seahorses are equipped with a brood pouch on their ventral, or front-facing, side. When mating, the female deposits her eggs into his pouch, and the...
  • Save The Sea-Kittens

    12/13/2009 6:15:02 PM PST · by 1066AD · 53 replies · 2,912+ views
    PETA ^ | 12/13/2009 | Various
    Some sea kittens tend well-kept gardens. They encourage the growth of tasty algae and weed out the types that they don't like. It is particularly tragic when people eat these sea kittens, as their precious little gardens become wild and overgrown in their absence. (Sea Kittens = fish LOL)

    12/11/2009 4:33:55 PM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 842+ views
    Video via YouTube ^ | Added December 10, 2009 | n/a "CHECHEN MUJAHIDIN FISHING (UNEDITED)"
  • The CCF Challenge (Will food and science reporters take the bait?)

    12/08/2009 7:57:32 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 4 replies · 233+ views
    Consumer ^ | December 7, 2009
    If you swallow the scary stories anti-food activists are constantly pushing to the media, you might be worrying about trace amounts of mercury in the fish you eat. But new research shows that levels of mercury in fish might be irrelevant after all. Since 2006 when we published “The Flip Side of Mercury,” we've been saying that selenium levels in seafood might actually be canceling out the negative effects of mercury, in an all-natural conspiracy to make fish the “brain food” your mom always said it was. (Selenium is a key antioxidant that helps guard against heart disease and boosts...
  • Something in the Water Is Feminizing Male Fish. Are We Next?

    12/01/2009 7:59:23 PM PST · by greatdefender · 32 replies · 1,063+ views
    Popular Science ^ | November 30, 2009 | Eric Hagerman
    It’s one thing to worry about pollutants in our freshwater supply. It’s another to find out that all across the country, male fish swimming in some of that water are becoming “intersex,” their male sex organs producing immature female eggs. Although the condition occurs naturally in some species, it shouldn’t happen to black bass. But a new study shows that it is, and in numbers far greater than ever suspected. The phenomenon raises serious concerns about the pollution levels in our rivers and could threaten several species. The nine-year study, conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, provides the first nationwide...
  • Japanese company raises safe puffer fish [fugu]

    11/30/2009 5:03:47 AM PST · by Daffynition · 28 replies · 769+ views
    UPI ^ | Nov. 28, 2009 | staff reporter
    YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- An aquaculture company in Japan says it raised 50,000 fogu, or puffer fish, that are non-poisonous when consumed. The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday while scientists have created a safe version of the potentially deadly culinary delicacy, at least one chef in Japan remains dedicated to the art of carefully preparing puffer fish for customers. Shinichi Ueshima, chef of the Dote fugu restaurant in Yokohama, Japan, said the thrill associated with eating puffer fish is part of the animal's allure. "It's a very tasty fish, but that's not the only reason people choose to go...
  • WA: Biologists save fish after landslide (hundreds, perhaps thousands of salmon, trout stranded)

    11/20/2009 1:17:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 655+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/20/09 | Shannon Dinny - ap
    NILE, Wash. – A gigantic landslide that buried a highway, uprooted homes and rerouted a river in Washington state's Cascade Range left hundreds of smaller victims: fish. The landslide that inundated the Naches River last month created a barrier of millions of cubic yards of silt, mud and rock that slowed — and likely confused — spawning salmon and hungry trout. Then workers opened a freshly dug river channel that stranded small fish in ponds and marshes. Fisheries biologists from 10 government agencies and private groups are working shifts to try to save the fish. The effort marks a step...