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Massive Fish That Eats Prey Like Sharks Found In Nevada

The fossil of the Birgeria americana, a newly discovered fish species believed to look and eat prey like a shark, has been found in Nevada. Learn more about the findings of Swiss and U.S. researchers on the Nevada fossil.

Animals August 7, 2017

Giant Fish Species Eluded Scientists For Centuries: Here's How It Was Discovered

The new species of sunfish dubbed Hoodwinker has been hiding in plain sight for centuries. Here's how researchers tapped social media and used pictures, old publications, and museum collections to describe the new species of giant fish.

Animals July 25, 2017

New Giant Sunfish Species 'Hoodwinker' First To Be Discovered After More Than 100 Years

The newly named Hoodwinker Sunfish (Mola tecta) has evaded scientists for centuries. How was it discovered and what makes it different from the Mola mola and Mola ramsayi sunfish species?

Animals July 24, 2017

Transgender Fish: Contraceptive Pills Flushed Down Water Drains Cause Male Fish To Mutate Into Females

Male roach fish now exhibit more feminine traits, with some of them even starting to produce eggs. Chemicals present in birth control pills and other household products flushed down household drains are blamed for these changes.

Feature | Health July 4, 2017

Peanut Worm, Faceless Fish, And More: Strange Sea Creatures Surprise Australian Scientists

A team from Museums Victoria in Australia has just come back from its month-long deep sea expedition. Its surprise to the public: a range of strange underwater creatures that include the peanut worm, blob fish, and many more.

Animals June 19, 2017

Faceless Fish Missing Since 1873 Found In Deep Waters Of Australia

Scientists on a month-long research voyage surveying the abyss of Australia have rediscovered a faceless fish that was last seen more than 100 years ago. The creature was found at a depth of 4,000 meters.

Earth/Environment May 31, 2017

Europe's First Cave Fish Found By Spelunker In Germany

Spelunker Joachim Kreiselmaier accidentally found Europe's first known cave fish while exploring the Danube-Aach cave system in Germany. What are the characteristics of the newly discovered species?

Animals April 5, 2017

Sex-Shifting Parasitic Fish Chooses Gender Depending On Growth Rate, Study Says

A new study found sea lampreys become male or female depending on how nutrient-rich their environment is. Researchers believe this information can help keep in check this parasitic predatory fish, a threat to the North American Great Lakes.

Animals March 30, 2017

Incredible Photo Of Frozen Pike Fish Eating Bass Goes Viral: Is It Fake?

Two brothers who went ice fishing took an incredible snapshot of an object that went viral on Facebook: a frozen pike fish swallowing a bass. How did that happen? Is the photo real?

Animals February 8, 2017

Dorado Catfish Holds Record For World's Longest Freshwater Fish Migration

The dorado catfish holds the record for the world's longest exclusively freshwater fish migration, an international study has proven. Researchers uncover the species' epic life cycle journey from birth to adulthood.

Animals February 7, 2017

Ancient Bag-Like Sea Creature Could Be Oldest Human Ancestor

An ancient bag-like creature that lived during the Cambrian period could be the oldest relative of humans. Saccorhytus coronaries is the most primitive member of deuterostomes.

Animals January 31, 2017

Salmon From Alaska Now Carry Japanese Tapeworm Parasite

The Japanese broad tapeworm was once thought to infect only fish in Asia. Now, four species of Pacific salmon carry the parasite. What species of salmon are affected?

Public Health January 15, 2017

How To Lower Diverticulitis Risk? Replace One Meat Portion Daily With Chicken Or Fish, Suggests Study

Replacing even just one portion of red meat a day with chicken or fish has been found to help in reducing risks of developing diverticulitis in men.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 12, 2017

That's Not Really Halibut: Almost Half Of Sushi Served In LA Restaurants Mislabeled

A four-year study found that 47 percent of sushi served at 26 restaurants in Los Angles from 2012 to 2015 was mislabeled. The study also suggests that environmental regulations governing endangered species have also been violated.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 12, 2017

Fossilized Shark Skull Reveals How Mysterious Ghost Sharks Evolved

Micro CT scan of a fossilized skull of an ancient fish revealed ghost sharks are descended from prehistoric sharks called symmoriiforms. Scientists now have an idea where to place the chimaera in the evolutionary tree of life.

Animals January 5, 2017

New Coral Reef Fish Species Found Only In Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Named After President Obama

A new species of coral reef fish has been named after President Barack Obama. The naming of the Tosanoides obama acknowledges Obama’s initiatives in the preservation of the natural environment.

Animals December 23, 2016

Mutant Fish Evolved To Withstand Lethal Levels Of Toxic Waste In Polluted Waters

The atlantic killifish has evolved to be 8,000 times more resilient to toxic waste than other species of fish. High levels of genetic variation allow the fish to adapt to industrial pollutants that would normally kill them.

Animals December 10, 2016

Japan Amusement Park Freezes 5,000 Dead Fish In Ice Skating Rink To Attract Visitors

Space World in Japan issued an apology after receiving negative reactions for its ice skating rink concept. The rink had 5,000 dead fishes that were frozen into the ice.

Animals November 29, 2016

Nice To Meet You: Personality May Help Boost Reproduction Rates In Fish

Senegalese sole fish were found to have steady personality traits. According to the research, the data could be used in order to encourage reproduction in captivity.

Animals November 15, 2016

Armored Prehistoric Fish In China Holds Clue To Where Our Jaws Came From

Elements of the modern jaw seen in modern-day vertebrates including humans were found in a prehistoric armored fish. The creature belongs to the group of extinct creatures known as placoderms.

Ancient October 21, 2016

Fish Sing Choruses In The Sea At Dawn Just Like Birds

Fishes may seem like silent creatures but in the sea, these marine animals actually produce choruses when their song overlaps those of the others. What role does sound play in fish behaviors?

Animals September 25, 2016

This Fish Sings Only At Night Due To Melatonin, Body Clock

Male species of the midshipman fish often 'sing' to woo females during breeding season, but scientists have long wondered why these aquatic animals only sing late at night. A new study may provide an explanation.

Animals September 22, 2016

Fish Have Unique Personality But Lose Them When They Go To 'School'

New research on personality traits of fish has revealed that they have a unique personality. However, this personality will be gone once they join schools and display consensus behavior.

Animals September 17, 2016

Newly Discovered Fish Species In Hawaii Named After Obama

A newly discovered fish species endemic in Hawaii will be named after U.S. President Barack Obama in gratitude for his contributions in conservation. The president recently visited the region to draw attention to conservation efforts.

Animals September 4, 2016

Fish Fingers: Scientists Find Evolutionary Link Between Fins And Hands

A new study by scientists in Chicago has found evidence to support the deep evolutionary link between the fin rays of fish and the toes and fingers of animals. Researchers used a novel gene editing technique to arrive at their findings.

Animals August 20, 2016

Parasite Killing Thousands Of Fish Prompts Montana Wildlife Officials To Close Yellow Stone River

Wildlife officials decided to close the Yellowstone River to prevent further spread of the parasite that has killed thousands of fishes. How long will the closure last?

Earth/Environment August 19, 2016

Don't Dump Goldfish Into Lake, Your Pet Fish May Turn Into An Enormous Pest

The seemingly harmless pet goldfish thrown into wild bodies of water like lakes can turn into enourmous pests. They become invasive species that can pose a threat to the ecosystem.

Animals August 18, 2016

Fish Urine Crucial To Health And Growth Of Coral Reefs

Many fish species benefit from the protection and shelter that coral reefs provide. In return, they give back to the ecosystem by offering their urine that provides vital nutrients for coral reefs to grow.

Earth/Environment August 16, 2016

Piranha Relative Pacu Fish With Human-Like Teeth Found In Michigan Lakes

The South American pacu fish, a vegetarian relative of the piranha, is not native to Michigan lakes. How did it get to the state's bodies of water?

Animals August 13, 2016

Washington Scientist Intends To Scan, Digitize All Fish In The World

A biology professor in Washington has begun scanning and digitizing images of various types of fish. His goal is to create a clearinghouse for morphological information on every known species of fish in the world.

Animals August 1, 2016

Here's Why You Should Not Buy A Blue Tang Fish Like Dory

With the success of the film 'Finding Nemo' came the threat to global species of orange clownfish. Experts are concerned that the same thing could happen for blue tang fish, the star of the franchise's sequel.

Animals June 19, 2016

Glow-in-the-dark Ocean Fish Are More Widespread Than Known

New research suggests that glow-in-the-dark marine creatures are more widespread that what was previously known. Their ability to create light may have also been key to marine biodiversity.

Animals June 9, 2016

Archerfish Can Recognize Human Faces - That's No Fish Story

Fish are able to recognize human faces, researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered. Remember that the next time you are making faces in your aquarium!

Animals June 8, 2016

Personality Changes Can Affect Body Shape And Movement, Fish Study Reveals

Zebrafish selectively bred to be bolder demonstrated changes in seemingly unrelated traits, such as sporting sleeker body shapes and darting through water quickly, a new study on animal behavior has revealed.

Animals June 5, 2016

Tiny Ocean Fish Prefer To Eat Plastic Over Plankton

Young fish are getting hooked on consuming microplastic particles instead of their usual diet of zooplankton, a new Swedish study has warned. The findings renewed calls to ban plastic microbeads as one way to tackle the dire situation.

Earth/Environment June 3, 2016

Fish With Human-like Teeth Caught In San Francisco: How Invasive Species Affect Ecosystems

A non-native, invasive fish species with human-like teeth was recently pulled out of a pond in San Francisco. How do invasive species such as this affect ecosystems?

Animals June 2, 2016

Scientists Detect Deadly Salmon Disease In Canadian Fish Farms

A viral disease proven to be deadly in Norwegian fish farms has been detected by federal scientists in fish farms in British Columbia. Experts fear the infection could spread to wild salmons as well.

Animals May 23, 2016

China's Hainan Island Home To 35 Tons Of Dead Fish

The bodies of around 35 tons of dead fish have washed ashore on a local lake of the southernmost province of China. The cause of this event is stirring controversy.

Earth/Environment May 6, 2016

First-Ever Fossilized Heart Found In Ancient Fish Could Shed Light On Evolution

A group of European and Brazilian paleontologists achieved two feats. They did not only uncover the first-ever fossilized heart in a marine vertebrate, but they may also help fill the gap of the species’ evolution.

Animals April 21, 2016

Human Limbs May Have Evolved From Cartilaginous Fish Gills

Fish fins and limbs in mammals may have an evolutionary link to the gill arches of cartilaginous fish such as sharks, skates and rays. The link comes down to a gene called 'Sonic hedgehog.'

LIFE April 20, 2016

Rare Megamouth Shark Captured By Fishermen In Japan

Fishermen caught a rare megamouth shark off the coast of Japan. The rare creature has been spotted about 60 times since it was first discovered in 1976.

Animals April 20, 2016

Love Seafood? Pollutants In Fish May Disrupt Your Body's Defense Against Toxin

The chemicals we dump into the sea are coming back to us in the fish we eat, potentially disrupting our body's defense against toxin, a new study revealed. Experts say policymakers must think about the possible risks.

LIFE April 18, 2016

Bizarre Anatomy Holds Clue To Blind Cavefish's Waddling Walk

It’s not unusual to see a fish move on land, but to see one -- especially a rare cave angel fish -- move like a salamander is quite spectacular. How does the cave angel fish manage this amazing feat?

Animals March 27, 2016

Blind Cavefish That Walks On Land Sheds Light On Evolution Of Tetrapods [Video]

The discovery of a blind cavefish that is able to walk may give new insights on the evolution of tetrapods, scientists said. Ultimately, it could help experts understand how former water-dwellers developed into species that can walk on land.

Animals March 26, 2016

Blind Walking Fish In Thailand Climbs Waterfalls Like Salamander

A blind cavefish discovered in Thailand can walk and climb waterfalls like four-footed creatures. What does this walking fish reveal about early land vertebrates?

Animals March 25, 2016

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