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     For the May 14, 2008 Pet Fish Talk Show.
In this show the Bailey Brothers talk about the Fish in the News, Nevin's Fishy Factoid, then talk with callers and read questions from listeners.
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Fish in the News. Each week the Bailey Brothers start the Pet Fish Talk Show with some fun and interesting stories about fish in the news.
Saltwater and Freshwater Fish in the same aquarium.
From Kordon in San Francisco, California,
Fresh And Saltwater Fish Living Together.
It all started in the 1950s in Kyoto, Japan, where an inventor discovered (or utilized somebody else's discovery) that by putting certain types of "sugar" compounds of monosaccharide's and polysaccharides together, fresh water could be modified to maintain successfully both fresh and saltwater fishes in the same water environment.  It was an incredible invention that was offered to Kordon to bring to the U.S. aquarium market.  Once Kordon found that it indeed worked, it was called "Wonder Water."  Kordon started experimentation on the product and trial distribution of the product to advanced experts in aquarium keeping and through wholesale distributors to advanced aquarium stores -- mainly on the U.S. west coast. Click here to read more.
Southwest Coast of Australia
Swimmer Pokes Shark in Eye During Attack.
An Australian swimmer survived a great white shark attack by poking the creature in the eyes as it dragged him through the water after badly savaging his left leg. Jason Cull was swimming off a beach on Australia's southwest coast on Sunday when the four meter (12 feet) shark attacked. "Initially I thought it was a dolphin," Cull told The Australian newspaper on Monday. "I just remember being dragged along backwards. I was trying to feel its gills but I found its eye and I stuck my finger in and that's when it let go." The shark tore two chunks from Cull's left leg, ripping off half his calf and leaving him with deep lacerations to his knee and thigh. A local surf lifesaver heard Cull, 37, screaming and raced into the surf to rescue him. Click here to read more.
In Paris, France,
Neither Fish nor Fowl: Platypus Genome Decoded.
Arguably the oddest beast in Nature's menagerie, the platypus looks as if were assembled from spare parts left over after the animal kingdom was otherwise complete. Now scientists know why. According to a study released Wednesday, the egg-laying critter is a genetic potpourri -- part bird, part reptile and part lactating mammal. The task of laying bare the platypus genome of 2.2 billion base pairs spread across 18,500 genes has taken several years, but will do far more than satisfy the curiosity of just biologists, say the researchers. "The platypus genome is extremely important, because it is the missing link in our understanding of how we and other mammals first evolved," explained Oxford University's Chris Ponting, one of the study's architects. "This is our ticket back in time to when all mammals laid eggs while suckling their young on milk." Native to eastern Australia and Tasmania, the semi-aquatic platypus is thought to have split off from a common ancestor shared with humans approximately 170 million years ago. Click here to read more.
From James Cook University in Australia
Fish Diet To Avoid Fights with Bigger Rivals.
That is the fascinating conclusion of the latest research into fish behavior by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, described in the  journal Current Biology. The same team who recently revealed fish use the threat of punishment to keep competitors in the mating game in line, have taken the work a step further to discover that subordinate fish deliberately go on a diet to avoid posing a challenge to their larger rivals. “In studying gobies we noticed that only the largest two individuals, a male and female, had mating rights within the group,” explains Dr Marian Wong. “All other group members are non-breeding females, each being consistently 5-10 per cent smaller than its next largest rival.  We wanted to find out how they maintain this precise size separation.” Click here to read more.
At the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga
Teamwork Helps Keep Tiny Rare Fish Species Alive.
The rare Barrens Topminnow, a tiny fish unique to Middle Tennessee, is getting a shot at survival without going on the Endangered Species list. Instead, the fish, which tops out at only four inches in length, is part of a pilot restoration project based on cooperation rather than severe legal restrictions. "We looked at ways to save the fish without having 'big government' come in,'" said Matt Hamilton, senior aquarist at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. The minnows were in streams crossing the land of less than a half dozen property owners, Hamilton said, which made it easier to devise a cooperative project with state and federal and private agencies. Several landowners have been willing to fence cattle out of the creeks or make other accommodations to protect the water. Margaret and Steve Cunningham of Manchester are among about two dozen landowners who have allowed release of the minnows in a creek on their property. Click here to read more.
Moscow Aquarium.
In Moscow, Russia,

Packed to the Gills

The blue shadows of sharks circled ominously round and round the child. Then the toddler reached out and banged her hand on the glass. Her dad smiled. On another recent day, the doctors at a local trauma center asked, "How the hell did you get bitten by a shark in Kitai-Gorod?," when a staff member from the Sea Aquarium at Chistiye Prudy came in, bleeding from bite wounds on his arm. "They thought he was drunk," said Mikhail Berezin, the director and founder of the aquarium. The aquarium, which is the only one of its kind in Moscow, began as a one-room fish store in the basement of the art deco building near the pond at Chistiye Prudy in 1998. Since then, it has grown into a very popular, four-room weekend institution for families, experts and hobbyists alike. "I don't advertise, because then there would be traffic jams up and down the Boulevard Ring," Berezin said. If the crowds packing his venue are any indication, this is not an idle boast. "This is our first visit, but we're really glad we came," said a woman carrying her grandson past a display of bright red-and-white-spotted crystal red shrimp. Click here to read more.
Whale and Squid
Sperm Whales Stun Giant Squids with Sonar.
The giant squid is real, but stories of sperm whales wielding blasts of sound to impair them may be nothing more than a fairy tale. Scientists have long known that giant squid are a major source of food for the even larger sperm whales, which have been found beached with sucker-mark battle scars across their skin and monster-like tentacles in their stomachs. Regardless, how these giant whales snag their various forms of nimble prey has puzzled biologists for decades. Sperm whales have the world’s largest biological sound machine housed within their 10-ton heads. The idea of the “acoustic prey debilitation hypothesis” (also more charmingly called the “Big Bang Theory”) was first mentioned in a science magazine in 1963. The word “debilitation” is appropriately vague. The sheer power of a sound wave can cause physical damage, like hemorrhaging. Or a sound could possibly confuse or disorient prey instead. Click here to read more.
From the Agriculture Center at Louisiana State University
Microwaves could Nuke Invasive Aquatic Species.
U.S. researchers say they have developed a technique to kill harmful marine life that hitches a ride on cargo ships from other parts of the world. The invasive species found in ballast tanks, which are used to steady ships as they load and unload cargo, could be eliminated by microwave emitters fitted to the exit valves on the tanks, according to researchers from Louisiana State University's Agricultural Center, whose work will appear in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The microwaves would generate enough heat to kill the organisms living in the ballast water, which the United Nations lists as one of the four main threats to the world's marine ecosystems. Large cargo ships usually have internal tanks that draw in water when cargo is being unloaded in order to avoid capsizing. The tanks are pumped out when the ship is reloaded, often after the ship has traveled to a different part of the world. As a result, species from one part of the world hitch a ride to waters in a different part, where they can harm the native marine life. Click here to read more.
Callers during this Show
Jourdan from Connecticut calls and talks about PETA and about his new Pet Fish Forum.
Brad from Troy, Michigan, calls and asks about adding some Angelfish to his 37-gallon aquarium.
Mike from Prescott, Wisconsin, calls and talks about adding some different species of Rainbow Fish to one of his aquariums.
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