Category:
Fish

Da-Dum… Da-Dum… Da-Dum



Researchers at UC San Diego (my grad school alma mater) have published research documenting that the "ominous background music that often accompanies shark footage" can cause people to view sharks in a negative light, whereas the same footage set to "uplifting background music" doesn't have this effect.

They note that their study is the first "to demonstrate empirically that the connotative attributes of background music accompanying shark footage affect viewers’ attitudes toward sharks."

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 17, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Fish, Documentaries

Flying Fish a Hazard

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 07, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Fish, Air Travel and Airlines, 1980s, North America

Third Eye


The fisherman said he was going to eat the fish. Without knowing why it developed a third eye I wouldn't touch it much less eat it!

Posted By: patty - Tue Nov 10, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Nature, Fish, Eyes and Vision

Reverse Fishing


Watch the Killer Whale lure a bird in with a well placed fish and score a non fish dinner for himself.

Posted By: patty - Sun Aug 30, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Intelligence, Fish, Eating

Dolphina at Bimbo’s 365 Club

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Bimbo's 365 Club is still an active music venue in San Francisco. But, according to news on their own website, they seem to have abandoned a long proud tradition: Dolphina, the miniature live nude woman who swims in a fishbowl with goldfish.

How was this illusion achieved? When Dolphina was profiled in the NY TIMES in 2011, we learned:

IT’S AN ILLUSION A catacomb of tunnels in the bowels of the club leads to a small room containing a rotating platform on which the live “mermaid” reclines, naked. A periscope with angled mirrors projects her image up into the fishbowl where it appears that a tiny mermaid, about six inches long, is floating in an underwater grotto.

One at least hopes that the statue to an ideal Dolphina, erected in 1952 inside the club, still has a place of honor.

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Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 02, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Entertainment, Public Indecency, Fish, 1950s

Little Irvy the Frozen Whale


"Little Irvy" was a 20-ton whale harpooned on July 1, 1967, destined to be sold as dog food. But instead his body was bought by showman Jerry "Tyrone" Malone, who froze it with liquid nitrogen and then spent the next 25 years hauling it around the United States in a refrigerated truck, displaying it as a sideshow attraction. Malone advertised Little Irvy with a sign that read, "This exhibit is dedicated to the preservation of whales."

Read more about Little Irvy in Dewey Webb's article at SideshowWorld.com. Webb notes that, because of freezer burn, Little Irvy looked "less like a whale than... a gigantic semideflated tire that's lost its tread."

Malone also wrote a children's book about his adventures on the road with Little Irvy. You can buy a used copy of this book at Amazon for $46.11. But if you want a new copy it'll apparently cost you $6,946.01, which, since the book is 42 pages long, is $165.38 a page.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 12, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Fish, 1960s

Fish Eyes

Veterinary staff at Vancouver Aquarium have provided posthetic eyes for a fish. This was done so other fish would not pick it to death because it did not have eyes. So, it seems that humans are not the only species that picks on those who are different.

Posted By: patty - Thu Jan 08, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Fish, Eyes and Vision

Expensive Fish Meal

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Original article here.

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Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 09, 2014 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Stupid Criminals, Fish, 1980s

A Pet Well Loved

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Would you pay 'a few hundred dollars' for high risk brain surgery on a gold fish? Well, this pet's owner felt it was worth the expense. George came though just fine. If you'd like to see more pictures they are available on yahoo images.

Posted By: patty - Thu Sep 18, 2014 - Comments (11)
Category: Pets, Fish

Pet Me


Wow! Who'd have thought it?! Sharky the pettable shark.

Posted By: patty - Fri May 30, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Fish

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