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People in Australia or South Africa are probably shaking their head over this but, it's BIG news in the U.S.

CBS This Morning ran this report this morning. (Imagine that)


It's refreshing that locals are actually embracing the presence of sharks rather than jumping to hasten their demise ala JAWS.






Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!
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Fish take over mall

July 3rd 2014 00:49
No doubt you know someone who has a koi pond. And who among us has walked along the waterfront and spied a school of catfish so large the fish are practically rubbing fins? And who hasn't been to the mall in the past few weeks? Now, imagine all three of those scenarios combined and you get an idea of what happened at an abandoned mall in Bangkok, Thailand.

In an apocalyptic scene, fish were found living in a deserted mall in Bangkok, Thailand after it caught fire in 1999. That's right--1999. Evidently, the mall wasn't in a prime real estate area!


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39 years of JAWS

June 21st 2014 14:12
Jaws movie poster
I though it would be more impressive to wait until next year and mention that the movie that scared us out of the water, no matter where you live, is 40 years old. But, the people over at Huffington Post must not have agreed because this link was on Facebook this morning.

Before the FCC created their exclusivity ruling, meaning a network has exclusive rights to a program or movie, I saw Jaws eight times in one year on TV. Before you shake your head, you have to realize I was trying to see how many times I could see it. I like to say it was my "Year of the Shark Watch." When you add to the total a viewing at the theater plus three more times on TV you get an even dozen. The only other film to come close to that total is The Longest Day which I've only seen 6 or 7 times. (AND these movies were released over a decade apart so, you can draw your own conclusions.)

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Extinct fish pops up

June 19th 2014 16:19
Just when you think the world is going to Hell in a hand basket because of all the pollution out there, a story like this comes along.

Extinct or not.

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A little more on Asian carp

March 27th 2014 19:05
When it comes to the environment, a lot of people call me a fence sitter but, I try to look at all sides, consider the alternatives and how a topic may affect those involved both now and down the road.

When I saw the headline, America Must Kill This Fish, I was taken aback until I realized it was another article about Asian carp.

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New fish in Idaho and Montana

February 1st 2014 01:21
It's not uncommon to find accounts of new species of fish found in the depths of the ocean. On the other hand, it is a little uncommon to find fish discoveries in American rivers. However, that's exactly what happened in Idaho and Montana. The cedar sculpin has been found deep in cold water lakes of those states.

Before you head out with your fishing equipment, you'd better realize these fish only grow to around 6 inches. BUT they're fine dining for other game fish such as trout.

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Living in the Swamp

December 26th 2013 01:31
I was watching TV the other day (mostly flipping channels) and realized there's a lot of programming devoted to life in the Louisiana swamp. Swamp People is on the History Channel. Animal Planet has Swamp'd, and even CMT has their own--Swamp Pawn.

With all their talk of crawfish, which seems to be a southern delicacy, I began wondering if there is a difference between crawFISH and the crawCRABS which show up here in the Mountain State and (to my amazement) in every other continent except Africa!

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Ho, ho, ho!

December 25th 2013 00:08
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Crabs showing up in full force

November 29th 2013 18:35
It seems that red crabs are showing up on Christmas Island in BIG numbers!

I don't know a lot about crabs in general other than I really like to eat them. However, I do know enough to know that when I'm wolfing down on crabs and beer, they're not red crabs!

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Man saves shark!

November 22nd 2013 16:22
Here's a neat little story about a couple men who saved a Greenland Shark from choking on a moose hide.

Not a lot is known about the Greenland Shark so these men definitely did their part for science! Are these sharks man-eaters? The fact is--nobody knows for sure! However, it has been established they are relatives of the Great White so, caution may be the key word.

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New shark discovered in Carolina

November 8th 2013 15:41
According to this article, it appears as if a new species of hammerhead shark has been discovered off the South Carolina coast.

It comes an no surprise that the discovery was made off the East Coast of the U.S. During certain times of the year, this area is like a freeway for migratory sharks. On a more personal level, it was this area, more specifically the Outer Banks, that taught me most sharks you find are not like the shark in Jaws.

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A new arapaima

October 19th 2013 14:14
arapima
These large Amazonian fish, known as arapaima, are photographed in a public aquarium in the Ukraine. The dark bar on the lower side of the head is an elongated sensory cavity. Now, a new species has been discovered in Brazil.
Most anglers have a list of "I'd like to go to..." places they want to fish. A lot of guys want to fish the ocean and go after sailfish or marlin. Personally, I'd like to go to Brazil and fish for peacock bass or arapaima. Alas, hooking an arapaima would probably put me in the class of other poachers so, aside from the cost of the plane ticket, that's my excuse to hold off.

Be that as it may, another type of arapaima can be added to the list of fish because reports say a new species of has been found. Arapima have nearly been fished to extinction because of lack of regulations and the meat is said to be VERY tasty so, this is a big find because it's not just biological features that make up this new species.

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The world's ugliest animal

September 15th 2013 23:38
blobfish
Kerryn Parkinson / Zuma Press

A long time ago I amused myself be writing about weird fish that are in the ocean.

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Swordfish in River Tyne

September 12th 2013 00:34
Tyne Estuary
It seems that more and more, we're hearing about fish turning up in places you usually don't find them.

Here's a story about a swordfish turning up in Scotland in the River Tyne!

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Walking sharks? Not as bad as it sounds

September 8th 2013 01:41
What was that joke in SNL? There was a knock at the door, from inside a guy says, "Who's there?" and the answer comes, "Land shark."

And then, there are those horror stories about snakeheads devouring pets and babies.

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electric catfish
Summer weather here in the U.S. means it's time for cat fishing! While anglers are doing their best to land a giant blue or channel cat, over in tropical Africa and along the Nile River, they're a little more careful about handling decent size cats because they may be landing and Electric Catfish.

electric catfish
This picture has been around. I thought it was a joke the first time I saw it since they were focusing on the lips!
Believe it or not, species of this family have the ability to produce an electric shock of up to 350 volts.

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Shark Week draws fire

August 7th 2013 21:16
In the past Discovery's Shark Week has always been a ratings bonanza and Discovery itself, has been an oasis of intelligence in a sea of celebrity crap and Kardashian-Wanna-Bes. That is until now.

Shark Week began Sunday with "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" which was the worst waste of celluloid I've seen in a long time. I didn't learn anything and I almost anticipated what was said.

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Using a shiner

August 4th 2013 01:06
Golden shiners, or simply "shiners" are another popular minnow bait. Although shiners can reach lengths of 12" or 25 cm., most of them you see are going to be in the 3-5 inch range (7.5-12.5 cm.)

Golden shiner
Photo from http://www.fcps.edu.
Shiners are pretty little fish. The back is dark green or olive, and the belly is a silvery white. The sides are silver in smaller individuals, but larger shiners are more golden. Sometimes you see a faint dusky stripe along the sides but, sometimes, this stripe is difficult to see and their side looks fairly plain except for scales.

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Another fathead!

July 30th 2013 15:57
If you want to insult someone, call them a fathead. However, when it comes to angling, a fathead isn't necessarily a bad thing. One of the most common bait fishes in the U.S. is the common fathead.

Falling into the broad heading of "minnows," fatheads are usually a dull dull olive-grey and a lighter belly. Conversely, fatheads have also gained popularity as an aquarium fish in the form of the rosy-red.

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The craze of nooding continues!

July 24th 2013 01:14
I've said it before and I'll say it again, noodling is not my cup of tea.

Call it "hand fishing" if you want to but, poking my fingers into an underwater crevice just strikes me as as invitation to disaster!

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