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2013-01-14 10:30:20

Tiny coral reef wrasses can swim as fast as some of the swiftest fish in the ocean — but using only half as much energy to do so, Australian scientists working on the Great Barrier Reef have found. By flapping their fins in a figure-eight pattern, bluelined wrasses can travel at high speeds while using 40 per cent less energy than tunas of the same size. “For a long time, people thought the best high-speed swimmers were the fishes cruising in open waters, like mackerel and...

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...

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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Purple Tang, Zebrasoma xanthurum
2013-02-10 07:39:55

Image Caption: Purple Tangs at Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco. Credit: Stan Shebs/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 and 2.5) The purple tang, also known as the yellowtail tang, is found to inhabit the Red Sea, the west coast of India, the east coast of Africa, and the Persian Gulf. It lives amongst reefs and coral rich areas at depths of 3 - 65 feet. This species normally swims in pairs, but will also form schools, and occasionally swim singularly. The body of the purple tang is disc-shaped...

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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2005-06-14 12:42:08

The rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family Centrarchidae of the order Perciformes. It is resident to the Saint Lawrence River"“Great Lakes system as well as the upper and middle Mississippi River basin in North America. It can also be found from Quebec to Saskatchewan in the north down to Missouri and northern Alabama and Georgia in the south. Reaching a maximum recorded overall length of 17 in (43 cm) and a maximum recorded weight of 3.0...

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Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.