Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cheated at the fish counter

Do you like to pay fish prices when you're buying ice? Some people are happy to sell you ice at $15 per pound. An investigation of people selling fish packed in ice, and charging you for the ice, found the deceptive practice is common. It's bad enough that you might want cod and get pollock instead. Adding insult to injury, you might get 10 ounces of pollock when you pay for 12 ounces of cod. Ouch.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Underwater sand circle mystery

Imagine you saw this sand design underwater, what would you think? Aliens? Mysterious underwater artist? How about puffer fish? Japanese diver Yoji Ookata found the sand circles and filmed puffer fish making the intricate designs. Here's the story from Colossal:
Using underwater cameras the team discovered the artist is a small puffer fish only a few inches in length that swims tirelessly through the day and night to create these vast organic sculptures using the gesture of a single fin. Through careful observation the team found the circles serve a variety of crucial ecological functions, the most important of which is to attract mates. Apparently the female fish are attracted to the hills and valleys within the sand and traverse them carefully to discover the male fish where the pair eventually lay eggs at the circle’s center, the grooves later acting as a natural buffer to ocean currents that protect the delicate offspring. Scientists also learned that the more ridges contained within the sculpture resulted in a much greater likelihood of the fish pairing.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Sustainable seafood...from China

Who knew that China is a world leader in seafood sustainability?

Check out this video about some fascinating low footprint fish farms in China, using integrated farming methods that date back more than one thousand years!

The video above is the 60 second promo, and below you'll find the full 8 minute video.

Fish, mulberry plants, and silkworms are grown together and the waste of one process feeds the next step.

BTW, in case you wondered what I've been doing lately, now you know, helping to turn over interesting stories and make some videos.