"The scandal over horse meat in the European food chain widened Thursday from a case of mislabeling to one of food safety as public health authorities in Britain said that a powerful equine painkiller, potentially harmful to human health, 'may have entered the food chain'"—but only in France, so phew. In related news, the Guardian headline "Horsemeat scandal: 'fresh beef' discovery as tests overwhelm laboratories" might lead one to think that analysis had discovered some actual beef mixed in with all the ground-up stallion, but alas, no: "tests revealed potentially dangerous contamination of meat with veterinary drugs and Asda confirmed the first trace of horse had been found [...]
"There are many chemicals out there — and new ones being produced all the time — that we don’t know the effects of. But when it comes to mercury, we know where it comes from, we know where it ends up, we know what the human effects are. Now we have to think about whether we want to do anything about that." —Marine scientist Celia Chen, discussing a new report on why fish are full of mercury, has the adorable idea that we might actually give some thought to reducing our emissions to help reduce those levels.
Thank the Lord for Zach Baron, who apparently was also obsessed with the weirdest movie moment of 2012: in the Spiderman reboot, where suddenly everyone starts saying the word "branzino." Strangest damn thing I ever saw.
"Fish that can survive out of water for 7 hours jumps down boy’s throat, gets stuck there for 14" —I'm gonna pass on this one, but if it's that kind of thing that interests you, by all means.
"Researchers studying a species of freshwater fish called the Trinidadian guppy found that females uninterested in mating with males chose to spend more time with fish more attractive to themselves, thus dramatically reducing harrassment and mating attempts from notoriously lusty male guppies." The Daily Mail, naturally, frames this as advice for how you can keep from getting groped at the office Christmas party, which seems remarkably unfair to your sexier friends, but I guess those pretty bitches have it coming, right?
"What the movie shows is very interesting. The animal excavates sand to get the shell out, then swims for a long time to find an appropriate area where it can crack the shell. It requires a lot of forward thinking, because there are a number of steps involved. For a fish, it's a pretty big deal." —I'll say! University of California ecology and evolutionary biology professor Giacomo Bernardi talks about the orange-dotted tuskfish he filmed opening a clam with the help of a rock. It is the first filmic evidence of tool usage by a fish. I can't wait for the next scene, when the fish uses a fork [...]
Stereotypical rich people of days gone by, with their brass-buttoned Navy blazers and exotic European sports cars, used to love to feast upon caviar. Why? Nobody knows, but it had something to do with caviar being a weird and expensive thing from a strange and threatening place: Communist Russia, or Red China—wild sturgeon were already in short supply by the 1950s, when Ian Fleming made his social-climbing civil servant an aficionado of the appetizer. By the 1960s, it was the show-off rich people restaurant appetizer of choice. Then humanity continued destroying rivers and fisheries and whole ecosystems until the Earth's caviar systems all collapsed. Wild caviar, that beloved snack of [...]
"London fish monger Muhammad Shahid Nazir, who is better known as the £1 Fish Man, has released a song in the hopes of securing the coveted Christmas number one slot. The fish monger, who was born in Pattoki, near Lahore in Pakistan, became a viral sensation after footage of him singing his distinctive trader’s call "come on ladies, come on ladies, one pound fish" was posted on YouTube." Will this tribute to piscine economy surpass "Baby" and "Gangnam Style" as the most viewed video on YouTube? Sure, why the hell not.
My household is primarily ovo-lacto vegetarian, and I say "primarily" because I have small children who like those gross chicken lumps and fish sticks you find in your grocer's freezer, and also because it's nice to have a grilled, cedar-planked slab of wild-caught salmon on Thanksgiving. On the West Coast, you can do this outside on your grill, just like the Pacific Northwest tribes did for thousands of years before "Portlandia" and the Microsoft Surface tablet. In colder climates, you can broil the salmon in the oven if you don't have a coat? But this method does create the "burning flesh" smell so loathsome to delicate souls such [...]
If you're the kind of person who eats supermarket sushi you are probably not particularly concerned about things like "quality" or "cleanliness" or "safety," so this article on "tuna scrape" will have no effect on you. The rest of you might be slightly more upset about. While we're on the subject: it's meat glue! [Via]
Scary stuff for Halloween! "A three-eyed fish was caught in a reservoir in Argentina, reported Cadena 3, an Argentine news service. The fishing hole where the mutant fish was caught may be more of a fission hole. The reservoir, named 'Chorro de Agua Caliente,' receives water from a nuclear plant in the province of Córdoba." Don't worry, they've got all your "Simpsons" references covered.
Every New Yorker has a series of cherished myths and hard-earned wisdom that he or she considers the Gospel truth about how to get by in this city. But are the stories we tell ourselves in order to live really on the level? We turn to the experts to help us figure it out.
Living so close to bodies of water best known for the number of corpses retrieved from within, you can understand why New Yorkers are a bit cautious about the bounty of the sea. A longstanding rule of thumb holds that ordering fish from a restaurant on Mondays is never a good thing. But is [...]
If the great planetary die-off (which now includes hundreds of expired fish that washed ashore in New Zealand; "We initially thought 'woohoo a free feed' but they had really cloudy eyes and you could see the birds had been at them. Some of them had no eyes," said one witness) really does signify the coming apocalypse, it's nice to know that our friends over at Next Media Animation will be around to cover it. I bet their Rapture video is killer!
"I have been trying to capture this image ever since I saw the behavior of these fish and witnessed the incredible tornado that they form during courtship." —Sadly, marine biologist Octavio Aburto neglected to soundtrack the video he made of jackfish engaged in group mating behavior called "aggregation." (Hey, Jackfish are just like bloggers!) I would have gone with the Scorps. Or Dead or Alive (natch.)
"Fish is frequently misidentified on menus and grocery store counters in New York City, even at expensive restaurants and specialty shops, DNA testing for a new study found…. In some cases, cheaper types of fish were substituted for expensive species. In others, fish that consumers have been urged to avoid because stocks are depleted, putting the species or a fishery at risk, was identified as a type of fish that is not threatened. Although such mislabeling violates laws protecting consumers, it is hard to detect. Some of the findings present public health concerns…. Ninety-four percent of fish sold as white tuna was not tuna at all but in [...]
"The biggest fish in the sea could be almost 25 per cent smaller by 2050 because of global warming, according to a new study…. About half of the shrinkage will be due to changes in the distribution and abundance of fish caused by changes to their environment, and half will be the direct result of living in oxygen-poor water."
Here you will find a fish that resembles Adolf Hitler. [Previously in "things that look like Adolf Hitler"]