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singing fish will wake you in the morning

Scientists have discovered that fish off the coast of Australia sing a dawn chorus just like the birds. They also sing a dusk chorus.
posted by colfax on Sep 22, 2016 - 24 comments

Slow TV and the sea

A sunset with oranges and reds ... a palm tree on a shore ... a reef in the Red Sea ... some rocks ... and some seal pups ... a waterfall on a beach ... the Devil's Punch Bowl ... some waves crashing onto rocks ... and some more ... and back to the Red Sea ... and finishing with another sunset.
posted by Wordshore on Sep 7, 2016 - 4 comments

Long in the Tooth

"She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw out her adolescent years as George II ascended the throne, reached adulthood around the time that the American revolution kicked off, and lived through two world wars. Living to an estimated age of nearly 400 years, a female Greenland shark has set a new record for longevity, scientists have revealed." [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Aug 11, 2016 - 32 comments

Because who wouldn't want to be a dog‽

Sheep seem to be particularly prone to inter-species confusion, as shown in this compilation. Some like to chase balls, while others enjoy romping with their ostensible keepers. Lamo, however, is a bit of a dick. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 23, 2016 - 13 comments


How To Cook Shad
Shad no longer enjoys the favor it once did. The world’s greatest herring, its Latin name, Alosa sapidissima, means “the best shad to eat.” whole books have been dedicated to singing shad’s praises. George Washington was fond of the fish, and Thomas Jefferson always had it on his spring menus. Every restaurant from the Canadian Maritimes down to Florida would feature shad and its wonderful roe on spring menus; a few still do. Then, in the 1870s, we brought shad West, and the species surpassed anyone’s wildest dream of success. The Columbia River run numbers 3 million or more, even today. In 1917, the commercial shad fishery netted nearly 6 million pounds of shad here in Sacramento. ...So what happened? The fish stocks are fine here in the West, and, after a long struggle, are recovering in the polluted East. What happened was, in a word, laziness.
[more inside] posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 16, 2016 - 31 comments

Ten Degrees Above Average

Alaska is Having Its Hottest Year Since Records Began - "After a spring that was a full ten degrees hotter than normal, the northern state is on track for the most sweltering year on record." (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Jun 11, 2016 - 82 comments

At Tampa Bay farm-to-table restaurants, you’re being fed fiction

Farm to Fable Part 1: The restaurant's chalkboard makes claims as you enter from the valet parking lot. At the hostess stand, a cheery board reads, “Welcome to local, farm-fresh Boca.” Brown butcher paper tops tables and lettuces grow along a wooden wall. In a small market case, I see canned goods from here and produce from somewhere. Check the small print: blackberries from Mexico and blueberries from California. With the tagline “Local, simple and honest,” Boca Kitchen Bar Market was among the first wave of farm-to-table restaurants in Tampa Bay to make the assertion “we use local products whenever possible.” I’ve reviewed the food. My own words are right there on their website: “local, thoughtful and, most importantly, delicious.” But I’ve been had, from the snapper down to the beef. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Apr 13, 2016 - 114 comments

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson eats about 821 pounds of cod a year as part of a 5,000-calorie per day bodybuilder's diet. What happens when a civilian tries to eat like The Rock for a month?
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 4, 2016 - 99 comments

And now for something completely different...

Flying Fish Slaps Remix (hat tip: Kottke) Not to be confused with the Fish-Slapping Dance. … For those still confused, here is a documentary on the complex and intriguing ritual of the ancient art of fish-slapping. And for anyone who continues to be confused, Michael Palin explains.
posted by Doktor Zed on Feb 6, 2016 - 17 comments

"It is an ugly fish. That's why I like it."

The Royal B.C. Museum is putting their bony-eared assfish on display. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jan 15, 2016 - 29 comments

factory farming: the plants are fed by fish poo alone

GrowUp: the future of food - "The new concept of commercial aquaponics, argue Hofman and Webster, has a much-reduced environmental impact. Companion farming fish and crops dates back to the Aztecs, but it took until the 2010s, in Chicago, to move it indoors at any scale. In the UK, only eco-smallholdings have so far attempted it, and the only European aquaponics farms of note use purpose-built greenhouses. GrowUp's model, by contrast, is to fit out empty urban buildings, use no chemicals, employ LED lights, source 100 per cent renewable energy and, crucially, be based within five miles of its customer base in a dense urban area."
posted by kliuless on Dec 28, 2015 - 21 comments

a bland and horrible science-fiction monster that tips over on its belly

"Bland, horrible, almost always dry: turkey is an awful choice for a main course." Here's my tip for your Thanksgiving turkey prep: throw it in the garbage, by Dave Bry (SLTheGuardian)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 21, 2015 - 137 comments

Bro! Bro. Bro! Bro! Bro. Bro. Bro!

Oh my Gawd, it's the fuckin' Bahstin Sunfish supercut! Language NSFW. [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Oct 17, 2015 - 24 comments

Global Bleaching Event Underway

The world's coral is suddenly and rapidly starting to die - "This is only the third time we've seen what we would refer to as a global bleaching event. [The prior events] were in 1998 and 2010, and those were pretty much one year events. We're looking at a similar spatial scale of bleaching across the globe, but spanning across at least 2 years. So that means a lot of these corals are being put under really prolonged stress, or are being hit 2 years in a row." Can 'manually breeding supercorals capable of living in increasingly inhospitable waters' help in time? (via/via)
posted by kliuless on Oct 12, 2015 - 18 comments

My hovercraft is full of Petromyzon marinus

One person's harbinger of river health is another's slayer of kings is another's invasive species. Take, for example, sea lampreys. They are making a comeback in rivers around the UK thanks to conservation efforts. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Sep 7, 2015 - 17 comments

Venison, berries, sea bird, dulse, and spices

What were the food and cooking techniques of the Viking Age? you could ask The Viking Answer Lady or get pollen analysis, reconstruction tips, and recipes from The Viking Food Guy, or you could just ask Chef Jesper Lynge (Daily Mail) who is attempting to revive Viking Cusine from his cafe in an Danish Iron Age graveyard. ( Recipies and descriptions )
posted by The Whelk on Sep 6, 2015 - 41 comments

A Renegade Trawler, Hunted For 10,000 Miles By Vigilantes

It was an unexpected end to an extraordinary chase. For 110 days and more than 10,000 nautical miles across two seas and three oceans, the Bob Barker and a companion ship, both operated by the environmental organization Sea Shepherd, had trailed the trawler, with the three captains close enough to watch one another’s cigarette breaks and on-deck workout routines. In an epic game of cat-and-mouse, the ships maneuvered through an obstacle course of giant ice floes, endured a cyclone-like storm, faced clashes between opposing crews and nearly collided in what became the longest pursuit of an illegal fishing vessel in history. (SLNYT)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 29, 2015 - 23 comments

Slave Labor Supplies Pet Food Fish

If you feed your pet commercial pet food, there's a good chance the fish in it came from slave labor. "In the past year, Thai Union has shipped more than 28 million pounds of seafood-based cat and dog food for some of the top brands sold in America including Iams, Meow Mix and Fancy Feast, according to United States Customs documents."
posted by Yellow on Jul 27, 2015 - 21 comments

Viewer Discretion Advised

Animal Planet presents The Cute Channel, with clips from their show Too Cute. Caution: With this much concentrated cuteness, you may be rendered temporarily speechless. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 16, 2015 - 28 comments

Petting Cthulhu

Creature rises from the deep, befriends children [2] [3]. For several years, chuchos negros have been visiting the small fishing town of San Sebastián de la Gomera, Canary Islands (original article in Spanish). [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Jun 23, 2015 - 30 comments


The Piscivore's Dilemma On sustainable seafood (Tim Zimmerman for Outside magazine)
posted by box on May 29, 2015 - 18 comments

(Not even a single piece was left!)

Would you like to watch two cats eat twenty fish in thirty minutes? Okay.
posted by moonmilk on May 9, 2015 - 36 comments

Sewer Fishing

Texas teen pulls wet animals from sewer for entertainment purposes. See for yourself at Naegeli's YouTube channel.
posted by Greg Nog on Apr 10, 2015 - 16 comments

The plural of fish is not "tangible objects"

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States ruled (PDF) on the case of Yates v. United States, whether the captain of a fishing boat violated the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by throwing undersized red grouper overboard to avoid prosecution. [more inside]
posted by dirigibleman on Mar 1, 2015 - 25 comments

Fish Live Beneath Antarctica

Scientists find translucent fish in a wedge of water hidden under 740 meters of ice, 850 kilometers from sunlight
posted by brundlefly on Jan 23, 2015 - 25 comments

Shades of William Gibson

Removing Fish From a Surreal Abandoned Shopping Mall. Thousands of carp, tilapia and catfish will be relocated to less absurd settings by Bangkok officials.
posted by GuyZero on Jan 20, 2015 - 52 comments

Catching the catchers

GlobalFishingWatch is a new tool that shows every traceable commercial fishing boat in the world nearly real time. Blinking lights video with a narrator. 9 out of every 10 big fish in the ocean is caught by humans.
posted by stbalbach on Nov 15, 2014 - 13 comments

That's a moray!

Friendship under the sea (SLYT)
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 5, 2014 - 18 comments

Menagerie Phantasmagoria

The fantastic animal sculptures of Ellen Jewett.
posted by cenoxo on Oct 26, 2014 - 4 comments

Mysterious giant sharks may be everywhere

"They can be as big as great white sharks, but that's about as far as the comparison goes. Their maximum speed is a lethargic 1.7 miles per hour, many are almost blind, and they are happy to eat rotting carcasses. They may be common throughout the ocean, but you've probably never heard of them. Meet the Greenland shark." Here's video of an encounter with one.
posted by brundlefly on Oct 25, 2014 - 38 comments

Arrr, thanks Obama, ye scurvy sea lover!

US Creates Largest Protected Area in the World. Over 3x larger than California, the Obama administration has enlarged the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Fishing, dumping, and removal of coral are now prohibited.
posted by blue_beetle on Sep 26, 2014 - 13 comments

This Fish Spits Light

This Fish Spits Light
posted by dhruva on Sep 7, 2014 - 17 comments

ffish Custard

One pound of Almons beat them small, in the beating put in the Row of a Pike 4 dates cut and the yolkes of 4 Eggs temper it with cold water Straine it through a Strainer & make a quart of it Season it with Suger Rosewater Salt pxxxxe beaten Mace When it is Baked scrape suger on
posted by Lord_Pall on Sep 2, 2014 - 22 comments

Quick and agile, Aquarius has an aggressive fighting style

On Twitch, two fish are playing Street Fighter II. It's unexpectedly entertaining.
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Aug 20, 2014 - 58 comments

Behold, the fish cannon

Behold, the fish cannon. Fish ladders are passé. If you want to move your salmon upriver, shoot them there!
posted by pjern on Aug 13, 2014 - 65 comments

You're gonna need a bigger haringbuis.

Selected pages from Adriaen Coenen's Visboek, an illustrated guide to the strange and wonderful world of fish. No sixteenth-century mariner should leave shore without it. The National Library of the Netherlands has the complete book, with commentary.
posted by prize bull octorok on Aug 13, 2014 - 8 comments

A Fish is Playing Pokemon

His name is Grayson and he's not very good at it.
posted by Legomancer on Aug 8, 2014 - 48 comments

"We lost our deposit."

Robot vs. Shark (not a made for SyFy movie)
posted by brundlefly on Aug 4, 2014 - 15 comments

Iron square = :| but Iron fish = (ツ)

The Good-Luck Charm That Solved a Public-Health Problem ¸.·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸><(((º> [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 3, 2014 - 44 comments

see if you can guess this month’s fossil from the underside of the box

"It’s underwhelming fossil fish of the month again. That wonderful time of the month where we take a look at one of the underwhelming fossil fish specimens in the Grant Museum collection. By staring at and reading about unloved, unspectacular fossil fish specimens I hope to increase global fishteracy as well as explore the question, why do we have material like this in museums? What is the point? What is the value? Maybe we also learn something important about ourselves. Something like, ‘I don’t find bad fish fossils particularly fascinating’. Which isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s the journey not the destination that matters right?" [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Jul 28, 2014 - 11 comments

The Norwegian for 'Museum Filter' might be 'Museum Filter'

Norway seems to be particularly good at making interesting museums. If you're touring, the museum of magic is spell-binding. The museum of knitting is a real purl. The petroleum museum is a gas. The Lofoten Stockfish museum is off the hook. And the Norsk Hermetickk-museum is about the history of sealing things in cans. [more inside]
posted by Joeruckus on Jul 25, 2014 - 9 comments

What happened to Rufus?

Until recently, Rosemead, CA was home to one of the last great tiki restaurants, Bahooka. Bahooka's star resident was Rufus, a 37-year old Pacu, who graced the entrance area. Rufus loved carrots. He appeared in several movies, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Bahooka closed in early 2013. Sadly, despite fan efforts to save and relocate Rufus, his whereabouts are now a mystery, and as the site's new owners are not communicating, fears have grown that Rufus was simply thrown away.
posted by anazgnos on May 22, 2014 - 23 comments

Fished Out

The world's fish are in danger—as is everyone who depends on them (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Mar 23, 2014 - 52 comments

Only coincidentally posted on International Women's Day

It turns out that fish may need bicycles after all. Or, more accurately, fish need more bicyclists, and fewer motorists. "Water pollution attributable to automobiles includes oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, [copper], etc." (via rootsimple.com) See also
posted by ivan ivanych samovar on Mar 8, 2014 - 4 comments

But you should see the size of the ones that got away

"Adjusting for time of year, and after checking and measuring 1,275 different trophy fish, she found that in the 1950s, the biggest fish in the photos were typically over 6 feet — sometimes 6 feet 5 inches long. By the time we get to 2007, when Loren bought a ticket on a deep sea day cruise and snapped this picture ...... the biggest fish were averaging only a foot, or maybe a little over. That's a staggering change. The biggest fish on display in 2007 was a shark, and sharks, Loren calculated, are now half the size they used to be in the '50s. As to weight, she figured the average prizewinner dropped from nearly 43.8 pounds to a measly 5 pounds — an 88 percent drop. Radiolab reports on how the average trophy fish caught at Florida's Key West has shrunk considerably since the fifties." [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Mar 3, 2014 - 32 comments

Fish are stupid

Evolution and adaptive significance of low intelligence in fish
posted by dangerousdan on Feb 13, 2014 - 50 comments

How To Drive A Tank

Fish on Wheels, a short video in which a goldfish drives around the room.
posted by zamboni on Feb 11, 2014 - 20 comments

Sorry, Doctor, No Custard

So, you have a Creative Agency with the whimsical (or just silly) name "Fishfinger", and you've done work for notable clients like Nike, RedBull, Penguin Books and Hasbro, but you want your agency and your name to go viral. What do you do? You photoshop a bunch of classic movie posters to make 62 Amazing Fishy Films. Yes, The Codfather, Forrest Guppy and the James Bond movie with its namesake are there. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 30, 2014 - 29 comments

Swim, Swim, Slash

Sailfish and the Dredge; a prey's eye view of what it's like to be chased and hunted by a sailfish. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jan 15, 2014 - 13 comments

Fish leaps to catch birds on the wing

...a fish grabs one of the famously speedy birds straight out of the air.
posted by Confess, Fletch on Jan 12, 2014 - 33 comments

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