Video: Hand feeding Red tail catfish at The Deep, Hull


A lovely little video has been highlighted on the PFK forum of the Amazon Flooded Forest tank.

The video shows a huge, Amazonesque display tank housing many of the Amazon river mega fauna including Red tail catfish, Niger cats, Tiger shovelnoses, Pacu and stingrays.

What is nice to see however is that these large fish have room to swim and turn around, and it gives the viewer the chance to see the size of the R8ed tail in particular as it accepts offerings of fish from a diver.

The Deep are very active members of the Big Fish Campaign where they highlight the big problem that large unwanted tropical fish cause to public aquaria and the aquatic hobby as a whole.

In an ideal world all tankbusters would reside in tanks like this, but the reality is that most live out their days crammed into a 6 x 2 x 2' bare glass aquarium.

Being long-lived and expensive to heat, filter and feed, many are abandoned, leaving public aquaria to pic up the bill.

Don't buy small specimens of these large fish as it fuels their continuing trade.

Don't think that someone else will rehome them when they get too big either. There are already far too many overgrown specimens with not enough suitable homes.

Practical Fishkeeping Magazine backs the Big Fish Campaign.

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Video: 'Sea monster' washes up in Vietnam


The carcass of an enormous animal has been found on the shores of Vietnam, sparking rumours of sea monsters and even alien invasions. Some even wonder if it could be a relative of the Loch Ness monster...

But others say it's more likely to be the body of a beached whale, possibly a Fin whale.

In the video below you can see the carcass being hoisted onto a truck, while crowds of people look on. What do you think?

 

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Video: See goldfish become invisible


A team of researchers in China have learned how to make fish and other living creatures invisible to the human eye.

The scientists from Zhejiang University have designed an 'invisibility cloak' made from a 5cm/2" tall hexagonal cylinder with a passage on the inside. Using glass with a high refractive index and special positioning, light can be directed around the object in the tube, making it appear 'invisible'.

At the moment the device is only suitable for use with creatures less than 10cm/4", so it's not at the Harry Potter stage yet.

See the device in action on the video below:

 

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Video: Cownose ray gives birth at aquarium


Check out this amazing video of a baby Cownose ray being born at SeaWorld Orlando's Manta Aquarium.

The short video was shared on SeaWorld's Facebook page after footage of the birth on October 27 was captured by one of its aquarists.

 

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Video: SeaWorld Orlando removes fish hooks from turtle


SeaWorld Orlando is urging fishermen to dispose of their hooks and line properly after its medical team operated on an endangered Green sea turtle that had swallowed two hooks.

The juvenile turtle, weighing in at around 11 pounds, was found by the Sea Turtle Preservation Society near Cape Canaveral in Florida and transported to SeaWorld where it underwent emergency surgery following X-rays.

Both fishing hooks were successfully removed — one from the turtle's oesophagus and the second from the cloaca.

This is the 59th turtle to be rescued by SeaWorld Orlando this year. It's reported to be doing well and the park says it intends to return the animal to the sea once it's made a full recovery.

SeaWorld is asking fishermen to use new 'circle' hooks, which are less likely to be swallowed by turtles than the traditional 'J"-shaoed variety, which can cause internal bleeding and suffocation if swallowed.

You can see a report on the procedure in the video below:

 

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Video: 18' Oarfish discovered off California coast


The almost intact carcass of an Oarfish has been found near Catalina Island, which is located off the coast of the US state of California.

A researcher from the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) was snorkelling when she discovered an enormous dead fish on the sea bed.

She grabbed it by the tail and dragged it in towards the shore where it took 16 people to help get it out of the water and onto land. Its identity was later confirmed by her co-workers as an Oarfish, and described as the 'discovery of a lifetime' by the local TV station KTLA.

You can watch the KTLA news report below:

Oarfish are deep sea fish, and are rarely ever seen unless they are dead or dying. Their slender shape, bizarre red finnage and 'crest', together with their undulating way of swimming spawned myths of sea serpents and sea monsters among ancient mariners.

It's thought that they are capable of reaching lengths of 17m/56', although the largest recorded specimen was 7.8m/26'.

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Video: Shark spotted in Essex river


A shark measuring around 120cm/4' in length was filmed swimming at low tide at Cattawade Sluice, near Brantham, Essex - ten miles inland.

The shark, believed to be a Starry smooth-hound or hound shark, was spotted by Jody Gibbons while out walking at the weekend. He said it appeared to be looking for an exit back into the River Stour.

Mr Gibbons says he took the footage of the shark to prove to friends he'd seen it, thinking they wouldn't believe him otherwise!

 

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Video: Marquesan butterflyfish in stock at TMC


Tropical Marine Centre has a stunning species of butterflyfish in stock at its Bristol branch.

The Marquesan butterflyfish (Chaetodon declivis) isn't commonly available in the hobby. It reaches around 12.5cm/5" and in the wild its diet includes coral polyps, crustaceans, and algae, but it will adapt to frozen foods containing algae, vitamin enriched brine shrimp and Mysis in captivity, along with dried algae.

Provide an aquarium of at least 450 l/100 gal with plenty of live rock. This species may pick at polyps and feather dusters in the reef tank.

Please note that TMC supplies to the trade only, however if you see something you like, your local dealer may be able to get it for you.

 

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Video: Dolphin swims to divers for help


A dolphin that had become entangled in fishing line swam to a group of divers for assistance.

The Bottlenose dolphin approached the divers during a Manta ray dive experience in Hawaii. It had a fishing hook in its pectoral fin and in its mouth, wrapped so tightly that it was cutting into the flesh.

The amazing video below shows the dolphin sitting patiently in the water as diver Keller Laros works to free it from the line.

It was uploaded onto YouTube by Manta Rays Hawaii.

 

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