Even fish hate the Argies.
Ā A swarm of biting fish has attacked swimmers at a popular beach in Argentina, injuring more than 70.
A 7-year-old girl had her finger partially amputated and dozens more suffered bite wounds on their extremities from the fish, a relative of the piranha called “palometas,” said Federico Cornier, the director of emergency services in the city of Rosario.Ā Read more »
Just when you think the world couldn’t get anymore absurd you get PETA coming out with a wonky jihad against a fish shop.
An animal rights group is calling on New Zealand’s National Aquarium to stop the “barbaric” act of serving fish at its cafe.
PETA is urging the Napier aquarium, and others around Australasia, to take fish dishes off the menu.
Spokesman Jason Barker says serving fish at an aquarium is like serving “poodle burgers” at a dog show.
The Napier aquarium’s manager received a letter from PETA calling the act immoral when the aquarium is meant to educate people about the importance of fish species.
PETA spokeswoman Claire Fryer says studies have proven fish are more intelligent than people give them credit for, and don’t deserve such cruelty.Ā Read more »
The New Scientist reports that sardine stocks are depleted..not because of global warming, but because the oceans have cooled.
Western Canada’s sardine fleet returned with no fish this month. The loss of the fishery, normally worth CAN$32 million (US$30.7 million), took many by surprise. Yet researchers warned last year that it could happen.
There are still sardines off the US Pacific coast. But the vanishing of the Canadian fish is part of a process that could mean they all disappear for decades, says Juan Zwolinski of the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Pacific sardine populationsĀ fluctuate with water temperature. Colder water means fewer fish. Temperatures last fell in the 1940s, but heavy fishing continued, devastating the stock and ending fishing until sardines returned when waters warmed in the 1980s.
“We think this is set to happen again,” says Zwolinski, who tracked the population over the past century. He found that sardines have reproduced less since waters cooled in the 1990s. Almost all eggs now come from fish born a decade ago, which are nearly gone.
What’s more, acoustic results show that the fish have become smaller over the past decade, partly because of chillier water. This is a problem: the fattest sardines migrate farthest north, so the shrinking fish could help explain Canada’s shortage. Smaller fish also reproduce less. Ā Read more »