Last month, a pen in Washington State holding hundreds of thousands of fish broke, sending swarms of silver Atlantic salmon swimming to the south and north. As you're no doubt aware, Washington State is not on the Atlantic. Now, these invasive fish have been reported as far as 240km away in Canada.
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Normally, if a story about deep water sea creatures comes along it involves horrifying abominations of nature that have been hardened by some of the toughest conditions for life on planet Earth. But a team of researchers from Japan recently documented the deepest living fish ever seen, and it almost seems like it's waving hello to all of us surface dwellers.
Each year, our civilisation pours around 7.3 million tonnes of plastic into the ocean, a portion of which ends up in the bellies of fish, and by consequence, our dinner plates. New research suggests that at least one species of fish isn't ingesting this plastic debris by chance — they're actually attracted to the smell.
Sunfish are the living, breathing embodiment of a dad joke — it's kind of funny, but you feel disappointed in yourself for laughing at it because it's painfully silly. Known as the world's largest bony fish, ocean sunfish — which make up the genus mola — look like a drunk person's rendition of a fish, or rather, a person who's never seen a fish's rendition of a fish.
The ocean is full of mystery. It is also full of penises. And biologists have taken note. Some marine animals look especially phallic — to the point that no one's even trying to hide the truth behind a veil of innuendo. By that I mean there are literally sea creatures whose scientific names have the word "penis" in them.
New research shows that industrial fisheries are responsible for dumping nearly 10 million tonnes of perfectly good fish back into the ocean each year — enough to fill 4500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This news comes at a time when nearly 90 per cent of the world's fish stocks are threatened by overfishing.
Lionfish have very low standards and will eat anything in sight. Although they're originally from the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, these vacuum cleaners have been flopping around the Atlantic for the last 25 years, probably because people dumped them from their home aquariums. They're so stupidly hungry and abundant that sometimes, they just eat other lionfish. This would be fine if these venomous beasts just kept to themselves, but because they have very few predators in their new home, lionfish get to ruin everything else around them, too. Seriously, they're such a nightmare that scientists are trying to fight them with robots.
Life gets pretty weird in the cold abyss of the deep sea. One deep ocean oddity presented itself to researchers at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) just the other day — the strange beast has now been referred to dozens of times as the "faceless fish". While the nickname is pretty fitting, this mysterious fish does in fact have a real name, and it even has some elements of a face.
The depths of the ocean are festooned with the most nightmarish creatures imaginable. You might think you're safe, because these critters live thousands of metres down in a cold dark abyss, but the vampire squid, which looks like a nightmare umbrella, and the frilled shark — a literal living fossil — will live on in the recesses of your mind long after you've clicked away. Enjoy these deep sea horrors and try to have a relaxing day afterwards.
Guppies might look like mindless, mouth-breathing little bastards, but it turns out some of them make better dating decisions than we do. No, really — these tiny fish, with their infinitesimal brains, are somehow more discerning with their mates than us, and we literally invented rockets. And Doritos.
We already knew the deep ocean is full of nightmare creatures — twisted amalgams of tooth, jaw and fin sprung to life from some tortured corner of the multiverse. But good news — it gets even weirder! Scientists have just learned that one deep sea predator has a flexible attachment between its head and its skull that allows it to snap its jaws open like a Pez dispenser.
As currents shift in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, they bring an abundance of nutrients and plankton to the region, luring predators of all sizes. Swarms of anchoveta arrive first for an easy meal, but soon find themselves having to come up with unique ways to fend off larger predators like sharks and tuna. The result should be familiar to fans of the popular B-movie Sharknado.
Animals, like humans, communicate in lots of different ways. One of those ways, in animals as in humans, involves urinating on one another.