Here's a fish tale for the ages: A North Carolina man says he reeled in a massive 51kg catfish (just 2kg short of the state record).
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Way back in 2014, Rachel Ciavarella created an unusual plush toy called Morris that could be turned inside out, revealing the fish's inner biology. The stuffed animal was actually just an experiment in textures and materials, but so many people reached out wanting to buy one that Rachel is finally making the toy available for sale in limited numbers.
Most of us, when we picture life beneath the sea, tend to focus our imaginations on the sights — shimmering schools of fish, predatory sharks, luminous reefs. We seem far less concerned with what it sounds like beneath the waves — which is why you may be surprised to learn that marine life has a lot to say.
A new study has found that "schooling" is a horrendous process in which an individual's unique personality is unceremoniously supplanted by group-think and the notion of bravery is cast aside when a danger to the overall status quo is presented. School, in this case, is the group that fish swim in. What did you think we were talking about?
Hordes of lionfish have been roaming the Atlantic for several decades now, and their voracious appetite — and lack of natural predators — has seriously upset the ecological balance of those waters. Now there's a new foundation devoted to building robots to hunt them down — a Terminator for lionfish.
Video: Hey buddo, I get it. Going to the dentist is no fun and fish need to eat. It's logical — symbiotic even. And fish aren't going to chastise you about cavities, or drinking too much coffee, or not flossing. And they won't try to talk to you about classic cars while inside your mouth (looking at you, Dr Gershon).
Video: Smithsonian Channel's Secrets of Shark Island is a wonderful documentary about the ecosystem in the waters around the Revillagigedo Islands, a group of four volcanic islands 386km off of Mexico. Because it's "the only natural juncture for miles" in the Pacific Ocean, there's a lot going on around there. Most scarily, a shit ton of migrating sharks. My God, just look at all them.
Video: There's nothing I want more in the world than to be surrounded by so many sardines in the ocean that it looks like you're stepping into a magical vortex that will transport you to another dimension. Which means, I need to book a ticket to the Philippines, drive to the airport, figure out how to get to Moalboal, Cebu, rent a scuba mask, take a deep breath, and then dive into the ocean.
We don't usually think of fish as being particularly smart, but a new experiment reveals that at least one species of tropical fish is capable of distinguishing between human faces. Scientists have never seen fish do this before, and it's changing our understanding of these creatures and how brains work.
Video: In order to serve fugu (pufferfish) in Japan, a chef needs to have a special licence. That's because fugu is poisonous, toxic and lethal. So why would someone eat something that could kill you? Because when prepared properly, it's safe to eat and delicious. Watch chef Sasaki, a fugu specialist for over 45 years, prepare his fugu dish.