Fish news
Fish news
 
Archives for: April 2008
Bolivian River Dolphin Recognized as New Species

The Bolivian Amazon (picture by: Thomas van den Berk) The Bolivian River Dolphin has finally been graced with the acknowledgement that it is, in fact, a separate species from its close relative, the Amazon River Dolphin. Lighter in color, smaller, and having more teeth, are only a few of the things that separate this newly named species apart from the […]

By with 0 comments
Sturgeon to Find Love in Detroit River

Detroit Sky Line (picture by: Keith Syvinski) The opportunity to reclaim once flourishing breeding grounds is now looking good for the sturgeon in the Detroit River. These massive fish that live over 100 years and can grow over 7 feet, are being given a helping hand in finding love. Once fished to near extinction, the sturgeon have fought against the […]

By with 0 comments
Newcastle’s Fight Against Platy

picture by: Philipp Rassel Newcastle may be faced with a new threat to its natural species of fish, the platy. Typically a beginner fish, do to their sturdiness, the platys originate from Central America. Recently however, scientists in Australia have found this livebearer infesting their waters. It is especially concerning because their numbers grow quickly, being live-bearers. Platys also eat frogs and fry from […]

By with 0 comments
Science Doing its Part to Protect the North Atlantic Right Whale

picture provided by: NOAA Ship DELAWARE II Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has developed a new Right Whale listening buoy for the Massachusetts Bay. The buoys are designed to recognize the distinctive call of the Atlantic Right Whale which migrates throughout the bay. When heard, the buoys emit a signal to a web-site and marine warning […]

By with 0 comments
Send in the Seals

Tagged Seals are helping Australian scientists learn a great deal more about places, in the deep oceans of Antarctica, where they themselves can not travel. This summer 7 female Weddell Seals were tagged to help researchers gather information on the changes global warming is having on the oceans. The Weddell Seal is a constant inhabitant of the Antarctic, and they are now being used by […]

By with 0 comments
Turtle Moves on from a Life of Crime, to a Life of Luxury

Alligator Snapping Turtles carry a reputation of fear, weighing in at over 200 lbs (90 kg) and packing a bite that earned the word Alligator in its name. Perhaps, the last place you would expect to find such a fearsome reptile, would be in the bustling city of New York. That is unless, like 45lb fluffy, you were housed there […]

By with 0 comments
Pollution Kills River Porpoises in Yangtze

In December 2007, the Baji dolphin of the Yangtze river was declared extinct. A study has now revealed that the Yangtze finless porpoise might face the same destiny if no protective measures are taken, National Geographic News reports. A new study has shown that Yangtze river porpoises are dying in part due to exposure to insecticides and mercury. The Yangtze […]

By with 0 comments
Giant Squid Going Under the Knife

  Giant Frozen Squid. photo by: Hideki Saito A giant female Squid caught by a New Zealand fishing boat in the Antarctic last year, is finally set to undergo dissection Te Papa. The squid weighed in at an astounding 490kilograms, or 1,080 pounds! Up until its capture, the squid has remained frozen, and is now in the process of being […]

By with 0 comments
Fisherman Catches ‘Lucky’ Horned Snakehead Fish in Malaysia

Saibi Ramli, a Malaysian fisherman, has caught a snakehead fish with a 2 cm (0.8 inch) horn on its head, Underwatertimes.com reports. Saibi Ramli caught the fish in a fish pond behind his home in Siburan, Kuching, using hook and bait. Ramli says he has never seen anything like it in his life and refuses to sell the catch since […]

By with 0 comments
10,000 wilderbeest dies in failed attempt to cross river

Not exactly news but still interesting: In September 2007, approximately10,000 wilderbeest drowned in a failed attempt to cross Kenya’s Mara River during their seasonal migration, National Geographic reports. Every year, over a million wilderbeest (also known as gnu) leave the Serengeti Plain of Tanzania during late summer and head for Kenya in search of food. According to Terilyn Lemaire, a […]

By with 0 comments
Swim with bluefin Tuna

On South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, residents of the fisher town Port Lincoln have found a new way of turning fish into a profit, The Age reports. Tourists are now welcomed to tour the marina and swim with the Bluefin tuna in a pen. According to Matt Waller, a former skipper on a tuna fleet, the interest in tuna fish has […]

By with 0 comments
Russia has proposed a five year long ban on fishing sturgeon in the Caspian Sea

Credit: NMFS File Photo Russia has proposed a five year long ban on fishing sturgeon in the Caspian Sea, News.com.au reports. According to non-governmental organisation Caviar Emptor, the Beluga Sturgeon population has declined by 90 percent during the last 20 years. Russia has suggested that all countries bordering the Caspian should impose a ban and that the ban should last […]

By with 0 comments
Snakeheaad Alley

A video about the snakehead situation in the Potomac river. In certain areas of the river snakeheads now are established and competing with local fish species such as local bass. Hopefully they will be kept confined to certain parts of the river and won´t spread to other parts of the country. We will just have to wait and see. in […]

By with 0 comments
Breeding program for uranium mine fish

Back in 1988, a rare freshwater carp was discovered in an abandoned uranium mine in Australia. 20 years later, this fish has become the focus of a new breeding program, Seriouslyfish reports. The rare Australian fish is called Barraway’s carp gudgeon and it was first found in the Sleisbeck mine pit which is located in the Kakadu National Park in […]

By with 0 comments
Are our Omega-3 pills causing problems for the whales?

According to an article published by The Guardian, scientists believe that krill have declined 80 per cent since the 1970s. Why this has happened remains unknown, but it might be due to global warming. According to estimates made by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), there is roughly 100 million tonnes krill left, while krill harvesting companies place the figure at […]

By with 0 comments