Showing posts with label fish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fish. Show all posts

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bizarre-loooking oarfish washes ashore in New Zealand

A rare oarfish washed ashore on a salt marsh in New Zealand.
Photo courtesy of David Agnew/Department of Conservation

Oarfish rarely wash ashore, but when one does the bizarre-looking sea creature usually creates a bit of a stir, as one did the other day on the southeastern coast of the south island of New Zealand.

Don Gibbs was walking along the salt marsh in Aramoana when he encountered on the beach an unusual sea creature that some have previously mistaken for some sort of sea serpent.

Gibbs phoned Department of Conservation service manager David Agnew and asked him to come take a look, according to the OtagoDaily Times.

“It was very unusual looking,” Agnew told the Daily Times.

In his 20 years at DOC, Agnew had never seen anything like it, so on Thursday morning he contacted Tessa Mills of the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and asked if she could identify the sea creature.

“From his description I guessed it would be an oarfish and when his photos came through it was confirmed,” Mills told GrindTV. “There are thought to be only two species and this is the southern one, Regalecus glesne.”

This oarfish was nearly 10-feet long, but they can grow up to 32 feet.

This oarfish was nearly 10 feet long, but they can grow up to 36 feet; an 18-footer was discovered off California in 2013. Oarfish are typically found in deep water in tropical oceans.

Not surprisingly, the find created quite a buzz.

“There has been lots of social media interest and comments and questions on the find,” Mills told GrindTV. “And I have spent most of today talking to newspapers and TV channels.”

Everybody wanted to know more about the oarfish.

“Little is known about the oarfish,” Mills said. “When this was dissected, its stomach was full of krill. Other specimens have also been found stuffed full of krill.

“They have been some caught on video in recent years and they have been observed swimming vertically with their pectoral fins out to the side, which is how they get their name `oarfish.’”  

Mills said it is rare to find an oarfish washed up in this area—only five reports of them over the past 150 years, the last being in nearby Dunedin in 1998. 

“The oarfish was in great shape,” Mills said. “Its stomach was full, so it did not starve to death. It seems the strandings often occur after earthquakes or storms, and we have just had a storm here, so I think it just got washed in and stranded on the salt marsh.”

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

UFO blamed for 2,000 dead fish in Colombia, report says

Article first published as UFO Blamed for 2,000 Dead Fish in Colombia, Report Says on Technorati.

Aliens apparently don’t know how to fish, or perhaps they use a technique that we have yet to discover.

How else to explain the mysterious occurrence in the Colombian village of El Llanito recently?

Photo from Panorama Madiario
About 2,000 fish have been found dead in a swamp since villagers reported seeing a UFO flying and flashing lights over the water a week earlier, Panorama Madiario reported last week. (Translated by Google Translate)

Magaly Gutierrez, leader of a community organization, told the news outlet that the phenomenon lasted 20 seconds and was seen by many people.

Now, in most cases where mass quantities of fish are found dead, the culprit is typically lack of oxygen. But this case isn’t so simple because the UFO left its mark on the fish, not to mention the mark left on the memories of all those people.

You see, all the fish were found to have burned scales.

Juan Tercero, the president of the Fish Farmers and Fishermen Association of El Llanito, told a local newspaper, the Vanguardia Liberal of Bucaramanga, that the fish were “scorched” from the “strange lights in the swamp.”

Hmmm. This is definitely one for the UFO Files -- which, incidentally, has yet to pick up on this story.

If this was a hoax, it was a pretty elaborate one. What doesn’t help in the credibility department, though, is the photo (below) of a UFO that accompanies a story about the incident on the Colombia Reports website.

Photo from Colombia Reports

Even if that is the alleged UFO, it looks more like a nice endorsement for PhotoShop.

Then there’s this: More eyewitnesses of the UFO came forward in the nearby village of Bridge Sogamoso, where they reported seeing a round object flying laterally the same day fish started showing up dead, the RCN radio network reported.

If this sounds like a re-creation of the “War of the Worlds,” that 1938 Orson Welles radio show about aliens that really panicked people, it's because it does sound like that.

Maybe these news outlets are making it up. Or maybe this really was a failed fishing venture by aliens.

Meanwhile, authorities have taken samples from the swamp for testing to determine what caused the fish kill, Panorama Diario reported.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

IGFA offers new world-record fishing category: Length

Article first published as IGFA Offers New World-Record Fishing Category: Length on Technorati.
IGFA photo
Ever since the International Game Fish Association began keeping the world records of fishing in 1939, weight has been the one and only determining factor on whether a fish became a world record.

Until now.

The IGFA just introduced a new world-record category and it’s for catch-and-release angling: The All-Tackle Length World Record.

That’s right, world-record catches are no longer only for the heaviest but also the longest fish, with eligible species created in freshwater (60 species) and saltwater (67 species). The new category took effect Jan. 1, 2011, and the word is starting to spread.

“At the end of the first week of the year we had already heard from several anglers who were out pursuing All-Tackle Length records, or asking questions to help them get started,” IGFA World Record Coordinator Jack Vitek said in a statement

“This is the first time since Junior Angler records debuted in 1997 that a whole new category of records has been opened, and conservation-minded anglers are really excited about getting their names in the [record] book.”

That record book is already nearly three-quarters of an inch thick. It’s about to grow.

Measuring device
 All-Tackle Length rules, regulations, requirements, how-to measure fish, eligible species, minimum lengths and assorted information can be found on the IGFA website.

Conservation is definitely behind the new category, which has been in the making for several years. Not all the fish that become “weighed” world records are killed, we should point out, but many have been.

Some believe killing the fish is the only way to get it weighed on a certified scale, though that isn’t the case. But now, the new category gives anglers a chance to catch, measure, photograph and release a fish with the potential of qualifying for a world record.

Except for marlin, swordfish and most sharks. Sorry, those are among fish determined to be too big or feisty to be measured. Good thinking, IGFA.

So go after a world-record salmon, seabass, roosterfish, yellowtail or some other measurable and memorable fish, instead.

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