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Fish Caught Using A Tool
2011-09-28 12:51:31

[ Watch the Video ] The first video of tool use by a fish has been published in the journal Coral Reefs by Giacomo Bernardi, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In the video, an orange-dotted tuskfish digs a clam out of the sand, carries it over to a rock, and repeatedly throws the clam against the rock to crush it. Bernardi shot the video in Palau in 2009. "What the movie shows is very interesting. The animal excavates sand to...

2011-06-15 13:46:21

Telling your partner to watch her weight is not recommended-unless you're a male cleaner fish, reports a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Cleaner fish feed in male-female pairs by removing parasites from larger 'client' fish. While providing this cleaning service, cleaners may get greedy and bite clients rather than sticking to parasites. This cheating by cleaners causes mealtimes to come to an abrupt end as the disgruntled client fish swims off. Females that bite clients...

2010-01-08 12:39:57

Putting yourself in the line of fire is shown to reap huge rewards, in a new study published this week in Science. Researchers from the Zoological Society of London, University of Queensland and the University of Neuchâtel have discovered that male cleaner wrasse are quick to play the hero when their dinner is at stake. Cleaner wrasse live on coral reefs and feed on the parasites of larger 'client' fish. They gain an even bigger meal if they take some of the mucus off the...


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Tautog, Tautoga onitis
2013-02-03 09:45:18

Image Credit: NOAA/Wikipedia The tautog is found amongst rocks, bridge pillars, mussel beds, and other objects resting on the ocean floor close to the shore line of the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to South Carolina. It is most abundantly found around Cape Cod, and in Delaware Bay. The name tautog comes from the Narragansett language, but it is also called a black porgy, or chub; in North Carolina it is called an oyster fish; in New York, New Jersey, and New England it is named a...

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2008-10-08 12:50:11

The Ballan Wrasse or simply Wrasse (Labrus bergylta) is a species of fish found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It has a maximum length of 26 inches. All Ballan Wrasse are born as females and only a few change sexes after about 8 years of age. Large wrasses are almost always male. This fish is a popular delicacy in the Orkney Islands and in Galway.

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.