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He Breeds Stingrays ... in his Living Room.
In crystal-clear water, they swim with ethereal grace ... a school of stingrays. But this is not the
exotic reaches of the tropics - it is the living room of a house in Wigan. There, Neil Woodward has become the first man
in the world to breed rare stingrays in captivity. Click
Whale sharks, which grow to weigh as much as two or three adult elephants, are thriving in waters off
Western Australia, a new study of underwater images suggests. Up to 65 feet long (20 meters), the whale shark, Rhincodon
typus, is the world's largest living fish species — and also the largest shark. Though hefty, this shark is known as the
"gentle giant" for its non-predatory behavior. Rather than tearing through meaty flesh of prey like many sharks, this
fish, with its broad, flattened head and tiny teeth inside a giant mouth, eats tiny zooplankton, sieving them through a
fine mesh of gill-rakers. Click here
Twenty-two years ago he was fresh out of high school and hoping to find some sort of work to keep him in
his tiny hometown of St. George on New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy. Today, along with his brother Michael and father
Gifford, he runs the fifth-largest farmed salmon company in the world. The Cookes are obviously smart fellows, but Cooke
Aquaculture would never have gotten so big, so fast, if salmon farming was an easy business to make money in. “You look
at the salmon business and there’s been a lot of failures and a lot of money lost,” says Glenn Cooke. “We saw the need
to grow, so as people wanted to leave the business, we’ve bought them. We’ve ended up buying a fair amount of bankrupt
companies through the years and turning them around.” The Cookes started with one marine cage and 5,000 fish with help
from a grant. Lots of these grants were being handed out at the time by governments desperate to create jobs in ravaged
coastal communities like St. George. A lot of people in these start-ups were quite good at raising fish, hatching smolts
or processing. But being good at production doesn’t guarantee profitability and so the Cookes got plenty of chances to
put their philosophy that “opportunities are often disguised as problems” into practice.
How do you move 20 million fishes, fossils, ants, spiders, birds and beasts, plants and flowers - all
examples of virtually everything that lives on land or sea - and move them from downtown San Francisco to a brand-new
building in Golden Gate Park? "Very, very carefully," say the curators and collection managers of the California Academy
of Sciences, who are about to start months of heavy lifting from the academy's temporary quarters at 875 Howard St. with
as much delicacy as it takes to handle a single, fragile coral polyp or a 9-foot-tall stuffed Kodiak grizzly bear with
arsenic in its fur. The academy's Howard Street museum and aquarium will stay open to the public through Sunday, but on
Monday it will be closed as scientists begin their "great migration" - a project that will continue into October or
beyond, whether or not the academy opens as planned that month. Click
A new study from the University of Leicester reveals that prawns can be used by fish species to find the
best places to eat. Click here
In the last half decade, Israel has become one of the top tropical fish exporters to the European Union,
a development that boosted its economy. Israel is now counted among countries like China, Japan, and Singapore with the
distinction of producing the best quality fish. Fish exporters from Israel has been exporting top quality fresh water
fishes and marine life. Israel's sunny climate promotes fast and unified growing conditions for fish all year round.
Consequently, Israel has adapted its famous agricultural expertise to growing high quality tropical fish. The EU
community receives the exports warmly and welcomes more fish exports from Israel. Since joining the fish exporting
industry, Israel has been slowly gaining a name for itself as a quality fish exporter. Some 60 fish farms operate in
Israel exporting annually tropical fish valued at NIS 60 million. Click
Federal biologists planned for weeks to rescue a rainbow trout whose genes were considered among the
purest in Southern California. They made visits to a remote canyon in the Cleveland National Forest. The researchers
wanted to prevent the landlocked fish from being wiped out by debris that would flow into the canyon's pools when heavy
rains hit the landscape, which had been charred by wildfires in October. They also aimed to breed a reserve population
of the trout so they could repopulate river basins across the region. Click
Asteroid impacts or massive volcanic flows might have occurred around the time dinosaurs became extinct,
but a new book argues that the mightiest creatures the world has ever known may have been brought down by a tiny, much
less dramatic force – biting, disease-carrying insects. An important contributor to the demise of the dinosaurs, experts
say, could have been the rise and evolution of insects, especially the slow-but-overwhelming threat posed by new disease
carriers. And the evidence for this emerging threat has been captured in almost lifelike-detail – many types of insects
preserved in amber that date to the time when dinosaurs disappeared. Click
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Jourdan from Connecticut
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Scott from New Hampshire
calls and asks about breeding Mbuna cichlids.
Dennis from Spokane talks
about his 80-gallon aquarium with Mollies, that get sick
about every 14-weeks, which is strange.
Evan from Colorado says
he got some Amquel+, and it's worked Miracles in his
aquariums and fish bowls.
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