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     For the June 11, 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.
Deep Sea Fish
Anyone for Fishy Ice Cream?
Doesn't sound yummy? How about using a fish protein to make better low fat ice cream? The deep sea ocean pout has an anti-freeze protein in its blood that protects the fish against tissue damage from ice crystals. That's a useful adaptation to life in the sub-freezing temperatures of the deep North Atlantic ocean. In ice cream, the fish anti-freeze protein replaces fat by lowering the temperature for ice crystal formation. So far, so good, but it would take squeezing too many fish to extract the protein from real fish, so Unilever wants to use genetically modified yeast to produce the fish protein in vats. Opponents of food produced from genetically modified organisms probably don't want to see this happen. Will we see blockades of ice cream factories? Who knew deep sea fish had such potential for commercial success and tasty technology? Click here to read more.
From the University of California at Berkeley
Discovered: Octopuses Flirt and Hold "Hands"?
For decades, scientists have viewed octopuses as unromantic loners, with mating habits nearly devoid of complex behavior. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, has found that at least one species of octopus engages in such sophisticated lovemaking tactics as flirting, passionate handholding and keeping rivals at arms' length. "This is not a unique species of octopus, which suggests others behave this way," said Roy Caldwell, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley and co-author of the study. In the wild, researchers observed macho octopuses that didn't just mate with the first female that crossed their path. Many picked out a specific sex partner and jealously guarded her den for several days, warding off rivals to the point of strangling them if they got too close. When flirting or fighting, they would signal their manliness by displaying striped body patterns. Click here to read more. Special Thanks to Robert in New Jersey for sending us an email with the link to this story
Robot Fish
At the University of Washington
Robofish form Teams of Underwater Robots.
Many of today’s underwater robots need to periodically come up to the surface to communicate with their human supervisors. But researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have developed a new kind of underwater vehicle. The Robofish can work cooperatively with each other. ‘The Robofish, which are roughly the size of a 10-pound salmon, look a bit like fish because they use fins rather than propellers.’ According to the researchers, such robots ‘could cooperatively track moving targets underwater, such as groups of whales or spreading plumes of pollution, or explore caves, underneath ice-covered waters, or in dangerous environments where surfacing might not be possible.’ Click here to read more. Special Thanks to Robert in New Jersey for sending us an email with the link to this story
Among the Coral Reefs in Hawaii
"Super Suckers" Slurp Invasive Algae Off Reefs
An invasive algae, called gorilla ogo, has slowly overtaken Hawaii's reefs, making the situation dire, experts say. The Super Sucker, a new type of underwater vacuum, has been successful in removing harmful algae, which is shown above in the lower picture, and restoring reefs to their natural, healthy state, as show above in the upper picture. Click here to read more. Special Thanks to Robert in New Jersey for sending us an email with the link to this story
From the University of Copenhagen in Denmark
A Strange Crustacean Transformation
The mysterious Y-larva has a strange way of growing up. The speck-sized crustacean, found throughout the world's oceans, has only been observed in its larval form--until now. Researchers have discovered the next step in this animal's life, and the transformation is extreme--the many-legged, flealike larva turns into an eyeless, brainless blob. This unusual devolution from sophisticated to simple provides clues to how the final adult form of the animal, which still remains unobserved, makes a living. Click here to read more.
University of California, San Diego,
Renowned Physicist and Inventor of Wetsuit Dies.

Hugh Bradner built a successful career by combining his passion for science and ocean exploration. Hugh Bradner, renowned physicist and professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, died May 5, 2008, in San Diego, Calif. after a prolonged illness. He was 92 years old. Bradner incorporated science and ocean exploration to design many notable ocean technologies. He had been affiliated with Scripps since 1961 and was professor emeritus at the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP). Bradner had a lifelong passion for the ocean. He enjoyed diving and sailing and was one of the first Americans to make a deep-water scuba dive. In 1951, while working at UC Berkeley, he decided to spend some "weekend time" improving diving equipment for U.S. Navy frogmen. Thus began his pioneering research on the wetsuit, using a unicellular material known as neoprene. Click here to read the entire story.

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Charlie from New York calls and talks about his 55-gallon aquarium, then he says yesterday there was no power to his house for about 12-hours. Tom and Nevin give some advice about how to deal with a power-outage.
Jason from Louisiana calls and says his aquarium clouded up, after he fed a new food, is this a coincidence?
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