Big Mouth Billy Bass melded with Amazon AI Alexa

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Cambridge DIYer Brian Kane has a novel use for that old singing fish gag gift languishing in storage: hack it to mouth Amazon AI Alexa's utterances. Read the rest

Hypnotic timelapse of aquascaping a planted aquarium

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Glass Canvas Aquascape sculpts plants, wood, and stones into a stunning planted aquarium in this beautiful timelapse video. Your moment of zen for the day! Read the rest

Ominous music in shark videos makes people more negative about the fish

A new study suggests that the ominous background music often heard in shark documentaries correlates with viewers' fearful and negative opinions of sharks. (For the source of this musical cliche, see the 1975 trailer for Jaws above.) From the Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers paper in the scientific journal PLOS One:

Using three experiments, we show that participants rated sharks more negatively and less positively after viewing a 60-second video clip of swimming sharks set to ominous background music, compared to participants who watched the same video clip set to uplifting background music, or silence. This finding was not an artifact of soundtrack alone because attitudes toward sharks did not differ among participants assigned to audio-only control treatments. This is the first study to demonstrate empirically that the connotative attributes of background music accompanying shark footage affect viewers’ attitudes toward sharks. Given that nature documentaries are often regarded as objective and authoritative sources of information, it is critical that documentary filmmakers and viewers are aware of how the soundtrack can affect the interpretation of the educational content.

"The Effect of Background Music in Shark Documentaries on Viewers' Perceptions of Sharks" (PLOS One via Dangerous Minds)

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World's greatest seafood display

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A person who goes by the moniker usedcatsalesman227 on Reddit took this photo at a Whole Foods in Brooklyn, remarking, "We think the merchandiser hated their job and decided to quit with this stunt as a final send off."

Taken at the Whole Foods in Brooklyn -- We think the merchandiser hated their job and decided to quit with this stunt as a final send off.
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Amazing hi-def video of beetles, larvae, and maggots eating fish

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Watch nature's little recyclers completely hollow out two fish in this beautifully-shot timelapse video from BBC.

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Man attempts to trade fake weed for young boy's fish

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A Chatham-Kent, Ontario man allegedly attempted to buy a 12-year-old boy's fish with fake marijuana. When the boy smartly protested about the unfair deal, the man reportedly hit him in the head. And now, the man is facing an assault charge. From CBC:

The boy went to the man's house Saturday for a planned meeting where the boy was going to sell the man a fish. The man tried to pay for the fish with a bag of what he claimed to be weed, but the boy realized it was actually a bag of dried spices.

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Small eel photographed by accident on coral reef is first green fluorescent fish ever recorded

In 2011, a reclusive Kaupichphys eel photobombed David Gruber off Little Cayman Island. Photo: JIM HELLEMN

A new study says that this small eel photographed by accident on a Caribbean coral reef is the first green fluorescent fish ever recorded.

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Why deep fry a fish sandwich 7 times? Because it's there

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Where are my antacids?

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Two Florida bros rescue a stranded hammerhead shark

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Warning: Not recommended. If you see stranded marine life, call your local fish and wildlife authority, or ask a marine biologist. Read the rest

Floating fish dome lets your koi see the world

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Unfortunately this floating fish dome is currently unavailable on Amazon. Read the rest

Huge oarfish found off Catalina Island in SoCal

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A snorkeler dragged in this 18-foot dead oarfish he found just off Catalina Island near Los Angeles on Sunday. Oarfish are rarely seen this large and usually found in deep open ocean waters. Read the rest

Jeopardy! video clues are getting harder

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Jeopardy! contestants often give the right response so quickly with such a short clip, but Nicholas's speedy response to this $600 question on "Fishy Science" is extremely impressive. Read the rest

X-ray of the Smithsonian's two-headed shark and other specimens

The National Museum of Natural History's Sandra Raredon maintains the "fish library," a job that includes X-raying the specimens like this two-headed smooth-hound shark. Below, a small tooth sawfish and Atlantic angel shark.

"A Two-Headed Shark and Other X-Rayed Beauties at the Smithsonian"

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Jellyfish tank in derelict building

Artists Walter Hugo & Zoniel installed a jellyfish tank in the front of an abandoned building in Liverpool, creating a portal through the deteriorating facade into a beautiful other world. The installation, titled The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living, is live streamed to London's Gazelli Art House. (via Laughing Squid)

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Major piranha attack in Argentina

Yesterday, seventy people were injured by carnivorous fish while bathing in the aptly named Parana River in Rosario, Argentina. The fish were likely Pygocentrus palometa, a kind of piranha. (BBC News, thanks Bob Pescovitz!) Read the rest

Autopsy of a sea monster

You've seen the oarfish — the 18-foot-long, serpent-like beastie that washed up on a California beach. Now, tag along with the scientists from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center as they dissect that monster ... a "once in a lifetime fish". Read the rest

Secret behind strange hum heard on England's south coast

The likely source of a strange hum that has been disturbing residents of Hythe, near Southampton, England, has been identified: horny fish. The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) investigated the low-frequency noise and think it may be the sound of male midshipman fish eager to mate in a nearby estuary. "It's not beyond the realms of possibility," SAMS scientist Ben Wilson told The Telegraph. "There are certainly 'sonic fish' in the north Atlantic and the approaches to the English Channel."

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