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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...