Fish in the News. Each week the Bailey Brothers start Pet Fish Talk with some fun and interesting stories about fish in the news.
Scientists Test Seahorses' Loyalty.
Eight aquariums in Germany are teaming up to test whether seahorses are as loyal to their partners as previous research has suggested, the Sea Life Centre chain said. Forty-five seahorses will take part in the experiment, which will try to tempt hippos away from their partners to frolic with other seahorses. Click here to read the story.
An Employee, whose shadow appears on the right side of this photo,
at the Sea Life Aquarium in Dresden, Germany, looks at a seahorse. Eight aquariums in Germany are teaming up to test whether seahorses are as loyal to their partners as previous research has suggested. AFP/DDP/File Photo.
The Curator of the New York Aquarium
at Coney Island, Paul Sieswerda, says, "What I want: The same thing anybody else wants when shopping for a pet. I want to go to a reputable pet store where I am reasonably certain I'll find healthy, disease-free animals. I look for a fish that plays well with others -- one who views his tankmates as friends, not food. I like fish that have beauty, a personality, an interesting behavior. Red parrot comes to mind, and definitely Heniochus, the pennant coralfish." Click to read more.
Tropical fish trade threatens reefs.
Leading marine biologists have called for a crackdown on the trade in tropical fish, which is threatening to destroy the world's already endangered coral reefs. Writing in the journal Science last week, the scientists said that the plunder of reef fish is having a devastating impact on coral reserves. Major culprits include luxury seafood restaurants that buy giant fish such as the Napoleon wrasse, which can grow to two metres in length, to display in window tanks. Apart from endangering these species, which are slow to breed and therefore slow to recover from overfishing, the effect on coral reefs is highly damaging, the scientists say. Click here to read more.
Rosemead Man Pleads Guilty To Fish Smuggling.
A Rosemead man apprehended while picking up cargo at LAX early this year pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge for smuggling endangered "lucky" fish from Southeast Asia into the United States. Click here to read more.
Marine beauties indoors. Thousands of years ago, long before man appeared on the earth, fish were thriving in huge water bodies. At that time, they were the most highly developed forms of life. In fact, fish were the first creatures to appear. Today, they have come indoors ? to the aquarium. Many houses, commercial establishments and even hospitals have an aquarium. It looks as if this trend is growing and becoming a popular hobby around the world. Reports say there are about 60 million fish- breeding enthusiasts worldwide. Click here to read more.
Aquarium Fish Offer Clues to Deadly Birth Defect.
Scientists using striped tropical fish to study the importance of diet in early embryo development have discovered a key to a rare, often fatal birth defect. "By the time most women know they are pregnant, the development of the fetus' organs is essentially complete," said Bryce Mendelsohn, a co-author of the study at Washington University School of Medicine. "Since we currently do not understand the interaction between genetics and nutrition, the goal of this research was to understand how the lack of a specific nutrient, in this case copper, interacts with an embryo's genetics during early development." Click here to read more.
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