A man walked into the seafood section of
a supermarket in China, stuck his head into an aquarium and tried
to kiss a turtle, following a boozy night on the town in Hefei,
But the turtle responded to his advances
by clamping its jaws onto the man's mouth and refusing to let
Reports by local media say that supermarket
staff had to cut off the turtle's head in order to free the man,
who was treated in hospital before being taken by police to spend
a night in the drunk tank.
The man didn't believe the incident had
occurred until he was shown actual CCTV footage. Since then he
has given up his claim against the supermarket for compensation.
From Practical Fishkeeping 13th
rockfish, Sebastes flavidus, has been given a prosthetic eye in
a procedure performed by vets at Vancouver Aquarium in Canada.
The fish had to have one of its eyes removed
due to cataracts. A similar operation was also carried out on
a Copper rockfish, S. caurinus. The procedure was performed
by the Aquarium's head vet, Dr Martin Haulena, with help from
Seattle Aquarium’s head vet, Dr. Lesanna Lahner. After putting
the fish under anaesthetic, a taxidermy eye was fitted to the
bone above the eye socket by sewing it on with nylon sutures and
attaching it with titanium clips. Apart from the obvious cosmetic
value, experts at the Aquarium say that the prosthetic eye will
prevent other fish picking on the one-eyed individuals, which
may be seen as sick or weakened.
Surely not I hear you say. Yes a new species caught on the 1st
Thanks to Al Ngui at [email protected]
for the first pictures of this new species :-)
Did you know!
A Mr.van Cartland whilst fishing at
thethe Okla weir a few miles below Delhi caught a Bagarius
yarrellii that was 5 feet long and weighed 136lbs, in the
During June 1933 Mr.F.G.Sounter caught a Wallago leerii
that weighed 102lbs.was 5 foot 6 inches long and 43 inches at
its greatest girth. It was caught in Perak. The head of the fish
is now preserved at the museum in Kuala Lumpur.
A silver Citizen watch telling
the right time was returned to Sally Serridge, 34, of Southampton,
when a 2ft catfish regurgitated it two weeks after swallowing
the timepiece which fell into a tank at Marwell Zoo, near Winchester,
Reference: Sunday Telegraph, March 4, 2001.
That in May each year the Pla Buek migrates up the Mekong
River to reach its spawning grounds in China.
On the Laos/Thailand border of the river the fisherman gather
to catch this catfish which can grow to 3 metres and weighs up
to 300kg. If caught it can feed a Thai family on fish for a full
That the members of the genus
Clarias have stiffened gill filaments to prevent collapse
of their lamellae when the fish is on dry land.
what a crime! notice the Corydoras robinae in the mouth
of the Geophagus, I bet it couldn't swallow it though!.
Picture taken at Pier Aquatics, Wigan.
Photo Credit: Helen Burns
Did you know!
That the electric catfish (
Malapterurus electricus) can deliver a powerful shock of
up to 350 volts - at times enough to stun a man. The shocks are
produced principally in self-defence. Reference: Cacutt, Len. Nature Fact Fishes.
The largest recorded specimen
of the European wels (Silurus glanis) was 5m (16ft 5in)
and weighed 306kg (675lb) Reference:Cacutt, Len. Nature Fact Fishes.
Catfishes have a link of tiny bones that transmit vibrations picked
up by the swimbladder to the inner ear, effectively boosting their
hearing power. Reference:Cacutt, Len. Nature Fact Fishes.
1994 -- In September, The Economist magazine reported that Japan's
meteorology agency had recently completed a seven-year study to
ascertain the validity of the Japanese legend that earthquakes
are caused by catfish wiggling their tails. After trying to match
catfish tail-wagging with a number of small earthquakes, the agency
abandoned the study, refusing to confirm or criticize the legend.
Ouch! Truth or Fiction
Penis-biting fish go
wild as men pee in river
July 09 2001 at 09:09AM
Port Moresby - Two Papua New
Guinea fishermen bled to death after their penises were bitten
off by pirahna-like river fish that pursue their prey by following
urine trails in the water, police said.
The two men died in separate
attacks several days apart on the Sepic River in Papua New Guinea's
jungled northwest last month, but police say they have just confirmed
the horrific rumours which have struck terror into the local communities.
In both incidents, the fish
demonstrated a trait of the piranha by following the urine trail
in the water, swimming to its source and then biting it off with
their razor-sharp teeth.
Marine biologist Ian Middleton
said he believed the fish had been introduced from across the
"The killer fish have
the most human-like teeth on the bottom jaw I have ever seen and
quite possibly feed on insects," he told Australian Associated
Middleton said he believed
the killer fish had started biting humans because of a lack of
naturally occurring food.
"The reason for biting people on
their genitals I believe is a result of the fish detecting a
chemical change in the water, swimming up the urine trail and
biting the genitals." - Sapa-AFP
A visitor to Marwell Zoo
in Hampshire, England saw his beloved phone eaten by a catfish
after he lost his grip on the handset. The four foot fish gulped
it down and then had its stomach massaged by zookeepers to cough
it up. Unbelievably the same fish had done it before with another
Reference:Scottish Daily Record; March 19th
BILLY’S TALE IS A
A FLOOD-HIT football club finally
have something to cheer after making an unexpected signing-Billy
the Fish. Carlisle United’s, Brunton Park was deluged
by eight feet of water when the river Eden burst its banks
last weekend. And when the pitch was drained, staff found
a pet gold-fish swimming in the goal mouth. The only explanation
anyone can give is that he was washed out of his tank or his
pond when homes on neighbouring Warwick Road were flooded.
Billy, named after the cartoon keeper in Viz comic, must have
been swept through the stadium gates and on to the pitch.
Emma Storey, 23, daughter of Carlisle Chairman, Fred, scooped
him in a bucket. Emma said “I couldn’t’
believe it, I’m surprised he survived”
Now she wants to reunite him with his owner. Reference:Scottish Daily Record;
Did you know!
That Doctors in ancient Egypt used shocks from the Electric Catfish
to reduce the pain of arthritis.
The common name of the Firewood
Catfish, Sorubimichthys planiceps,stems
from the fact that when it is caught it has no food value
and so it is dried for firewood instead.
A takeoff from an air force base in Florida
had to be aborted - after the jet hit a fish!
The Gulfstream G-IV jet from
NOAA hit what the crew thought was an osprey on the runway as
it was about to take off, but when MacDill Air Force Base wildlife
manager Lindsey Garven went to search for the remains of the bird
she found a Sheepshead fish (Archosargus probatocephalus) measuring
around 22.5cm/9" in length, lying near the end of the runway.
DNA samples were taken from the jet and
sent to the Smithsonian Identification Laboratory in Washington,
D.C, along with the specimen. It was later confirmed that the
DNA did indeed belong to the fish!
"At first, we didn’t believe
the test results," NOAA pilot Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas Toth said
in a report on the Air Mobility Command website. "There was
no way we hit a fish during takeoff. I mean, how does something
like that even happen?"
It's thought that a bird, possibly a juvenile
bald eagle, may have been eating the fish on the edge of the runway
and as it saw the jet approaching it flew off, having to drop
its catch to avoid being hit by the plane itself.
This is the first recorded 'fish strike'
in the history of NOAA at MacDill and is being referred to by
personnel at the base as 'fishnado'. The plane wasn't damaged
in the incident.
From Practical Fishkeeping 7th
A Surrey man is keeping several
escapee goldfish in his garden after rescuing them during the
recent Thames flooding.
Dave Pope from Egham caught the first fish
in 25cm/10" of water using a teapot that also happened to
be floating past at the time.
The following day he caught another goldfish
— a white one this time — and his neighbour's son
caught a third.
Mr Pope says he also spotted a red and
white goldfish making its escape, but was unable to catch it.
He says if no one comes forward to claim
the fish he'll give them to his brother-in-law who has a pond
— and whose Koi ended up swimming around his garden in the
From Practical Fishkeeping 7th
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