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Wolf Eels, fierce-looking predators of the Oregon near-shore reefs, are bred in captivity at the Oregon
Coast Aquarium, at Newport. The artificial habitat there mimics natural ocean conditions so effectively, two sets of
mated wolf eels produced eggs. The aquarists' challenge -- see that the eggs hatch, and the young wolf eels survive. We
watch aquarium scientists employ their considerable expertise and resources to keep the tiny creatures on the road to
adulthood. Click here to see
the video. Special thanks to John from Portland, Oregon, for the link to this video.
It is impossible to enter “Water: H2O = Life,” the exhibition opening tomorrow at the American Museum of
Natural History, and not feel excitement at its possibilities. You walk into darkened space where a tumbling
aqua-lighted waterfall seems to descend from the ceiling; letters projected on its turbulent surface spell “water” in
multiple languages. This is affecting and clever because the seeming cascade really is formed of water in its vaporous
state. And you cannot pass through that curtain of mist without taking some notice of water’s extraordinary qualities:
Like few other substances on earth, the show points out, water can exist as a solid, liquid and gas at everyday
temperatures and pressures. Click
the New York Times.
Jim Graves installed a PVC pipe structure that held protective netting over his pond last season. The
netting can be essential for a pond's health by keeping leaves out. Leaves cause dangerous gases that could kill koi.
The netting also protects fish from hungry birds of prey. Click
Of Europe's 522 freshwater fish species, more than a third are at serious risk of extinction, according
to a new threat assessment compiled by World Conservation Union experts. Some of the at-risk species include the
critically endangered European eel (top); the Chornaya gudgeon (middle), found only in Ukraine; and the jarabugo
(bottom), found in Spain and Portugal. Click
In the picture just above Chris Dalton looks at some of the goldfish available at PetsMart in Asheville.
Yes, cats and dogs can add warmth, love and companionship to a home. But they can also add dirt, hairy tumbleweeds, a
pile of vet bills, fleas and allergic reactions. That’s why millions of American families have opted for “alternative”
pets that are easier and cheaper to maintain. A survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association (APPMA)
indicated we are sharing our homes with 16 million birds, 9.6 million saltwater fish, 13.1 million reptiles of various
kinds, plus 26.3 million small animals. And that’s not even counting the 142 million freshwater fish in our aquariums.
Or the 13.8 million horses and ponies out in our barns. Click
An estimated one-third of the world's amphibian species are facing imminent extinction
and one of the biggest killers of frogs has been the deadly chytrid fungal disease. But now scientists in New Zealand
claim to have discovered a chytrid cure which comes in the simple form of an antibiotic that is traditionally used in
eye drops. "If you were to see a chytrid-infected frog, at first glance you wouldn't notice anything wrong with it, it
doesn't have boils or anything, it looks just like a frog," said Associate Professor Russell Poulter from Otago
University. Click here
The animal kingdom analog of the wedding ring effect is called the guppy syndrome because it was in the
guppy that it was first documented. Perhaps it is more properly called mate-choice copying. To observe the effect one
takes a large tank filled with female guppies, and adds about the same number of relatively indistinguishable male
guppies. It doesn't take too long for the guppies to get adjusted to the new environment and, like any society, they
soon begin mating. As is true with most species, it is the females who determine who gets to score, and an odd thing
occurs: despite the fact that the males are all pretty much alike, some guys get all the luck, and others are spurned. Click
Special thank to David H. from Vail, Arizona, for sending us an email with the link to this story.
Robert in New Jersey sent us an email with a link to a
story full of interesting details about an aquarist, who has had success
breeding Clown Loaches in an aquarium. Thanks, Robert, for sending us
Bans on lawn fertilizer containing phosphorous are being considered in several communities in the Upper
Midwest, with some new bans already approved and taking effect in January 2008. The proposed bans are in response to
excessive plant and algae growth in some ponds, streams, and lakes. However, studies conducted by scientists at the
University of Wisconsin indicate phosphorous bans will actually make the problem worse. Click
Pollution threatens the lake that is the heart and soul of Vietnam's capital of Hanoi, and a legendary
turtle who lives below its murky waters, but now a high-tech solution may be at hand to save them both. Over the next
three years, in time for Hanoi's 1,000th birthday in 2010, scientists intend to clean up Hoan Kiem Lake, home to the
creature that symbolises Vietnam's centuries-old struggle for independence. Vietnamese and German experts say they will
use a new device, which borrows from the designs of corkscrews, submarines and tanks, to suck several metres (feet) of
toxic sludge from the bottom of the 'Lake of the Returned Sword'. The 2.4-million-dollar project will be a delicate one.
The famed, algae-green lake is home to an elusive turtle that is a key figure in Vietnam folklore. In a story that every
Vietnamese child learns at school, the 15th century farmer-turned-rebel leader Le Loi used a magical sword to drive out
Chinese invaders and found the dynasty named after him. Click
Joshua from Okemos, Michigan,
sent us this email.
Hey Guys, Very glad to hear you made it thru the
fires alright. Here are some links to some news items. I have
also attached some new pics of a new 3 gallon system I have set
up to house live plants and my Celestial Pearl Danios. I love
these little fish. Anyway, hope you enjoy and I wish you both
and your family great health.
A Big Sincere Thank-you
for calling during the show to
Matt from Jackson, Mississippi,
Richard from Santa Ana, California, and
Jay from Indiana.
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