Archive for the 'Fish(ing)' Category

hypnotic mahi fillet vid

But not good for sushi????

Another mermaid


From The Graphics Fairy via Michael May’s Adventureblog.

Salmon Aid


Like Live Aid, but for salmon.  Looks like a fun event for a very worthy cause.  Who doesn’t like salmon?

I don’t like Mondays


OMG I actually caught some big fish!  One of three dorado taken off Los Barriles, Monday a week ago.  Good Monday for us, for him, not so much.   Tasty!

Holy exploding shark!

How to deal with pesky marine wildlife.

Venomous lionfish prowls fragile Caribbean waters


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A maroon-striped marauder with venomous spikes is rapidly multiplying in the Caribbean’s warm waters, swallowing native species, stinging divers and generally wreaking havoc on an ecologically delicate region.

The red lionfish, a tropical native of the Indian and Pacific oceans that probably escaped from a Florida fish tank, is showing up everywhere – from the coasts of Cuba and Hispaniola to Little Cayman’s pristine Bloody Bay Wall, one of the region’s prime destinations for divers.

Wherever it appears, the adaptable predator corners fish and crustaceans up to half its size with its billowy fins and sucks them down in one violent gulp.

Research teams observed one lionfish eating 20 small fish in less than 30 minutes.

“This may very well become the most devastating marine invasion in history,” said Mark Hixon, an Oregon State University marine ecology expert who compared lionfish to a plague of locusts. “There is probably no way to stop the invasion completely.”

full story

… and sometimes the fish win

shark.jpgSCIENTISTS fear sharks are now HUNTING people for the first time after Jaws-style attacks on a resort.

The horrifying theory emerged after two surfers were killed and one badly injured in a month.

A fourth swimmer is missing at the Mexican seaside town.

Locals fear ONE rogue shark is responsible but experts believe a pack of deadly bull sharks are actively targeting humans for the first time.

They think the 10ft-long fish could have developed a taste for human flesh after devouring hundreds of corpses dumped into the sea by mobsters.

The beach at Zihuantanejo – near Acapulco and popular with British tourists – had not previously recorded a shark incident in more than 30 years.

And, with an annual average of only four fatal shark attacks globally, the fact that two people have died along the same stretch of coast within weeks has astonished international experts.

The Zihuantanejo deaths come halfway through what is already turning into a bumper year for shark attacks.

Zihuantanejo is now gripped by fear. Police have been guarding beaches and signs warn against going into the water.

Local businessmen, worried the deaths will devastate the tourist industry, hired fishermen to kill the sharks.

And Mexican Navy vessels were brought in last week to scour the waters for sharks using the tourist beach as a feeding ground.

Jose Leonardo Castillo, chief shark investigator for Mexico’s National Fishing Institute, said yesterday: “One theory we’re investigating is that a group of sharks have developed a taste for humans.”

Although the number of attacks world-wide increased from 63 in 2006 to 71 in 2007, there was only one recorded fatality. The two Zihuantanejo deaths and one in California have tripled that this year.

Source: The Sun

Epic Fail: Shark Shield Surf Anti-Shark Device Eaten by Shark

For those of us that were hoping that the Shark Shield would allow us to safely surf the sharkiest lineups in the world, there is a bit of disappointing news. Whilst being tested in South Africa, under the supervision of the Natal Sharks Board, a female great white ate a Shark Shield device that had been attached to a float. This has been the cause of speculation that the electrical fields designed to repel sharks might in fact attract them.

The manufacturer claims that the device does work but that due to the design it will only be effective while a surfer is stationary and waiting for a wave. If you are actually surfing, or paddling, you could be out of luck. At any rate, I cannot think of a more spectacular product testing failure than this one.

from:  The UberReview

source: The Australian

SciAm: The Bluefin in Peril (depressing)

The surging popularity of sushi and sashimi has devastated the bluefin tuna. Overfishing has slashed populations in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, pushing the species toward extinction. Regulatory bodies have failed to set sufficiently strict catch quotas, and illegal fishing is rampant.
Captive breeding of the bluefin could save the species, but the effort will be challenging. Research groups in Japan and Europe have bred the tuna in laboratories, and now an Australian company is attempting to perform the feat on a commercial scale.   MORE

 See also, New Scientist Tuna fisheries facing a cod-like collapse

Fish on Fridays: Sea captains’ logbooks reveal secrets of New England’s fishing culture

new-england.jpgIn the hamlets and modest seaports that dot the coastal counties of New England, Bill Leavenworth trolls for the lost bounty of the Gulf of Maine. His prey: the bound, handwritten logs kept by the captains of virtually every fishing boat that plied those rich waters between 1852 and 1866.

The logs were once held in the region’s customs houses, but over time were scattered to the four winds. Some landed in basements and attics, some were donated to local libraries and museums, and others returned to fishermen. On Nantucket Island, a number were stuffed between the walls of a public building as insulation against the winter cold, and were only recently found during a renovation. Others were undoubtledly used to start the fires of fish-house stoves or simply thrown away.

In the yellowing pages of these surviving logbooks lie the secrets of the ocean fisheries’ past – and perhaps lessons for its troubled present. The books contain daily entries on the vessels’ movements, the weather, unusual occurrences, and careful tallies of the number of fish caught by each man aboard. The numbers and words have yielded some bracing revelations about just how many cod there once were in New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

Full story at Christian Science Monitor

Mermaid fishing lures


Carcharodon carcharias gets some air

No sound, but the slo-mo is cool.

Fish on the Sabbath Day


Yes, Joe, it is a real site.

Happy Caturday


Who says fish are only for Fridays?

Meta-fish on Fridays


The blandly named blinkfiles is a very fishy portal for links and posts all related to fish.  Don’t be put off by the lack of splashy graphics, there is a lot of neat stuff if you dive in deeper.