What It’s Like To Be A Real Life Mermaid

What It’s Like To Be A Real Life Mermaid

Countless young girls dream of being a mermaid when they grow up. Sadly, that’s impossible. But three young women have actually realized their dreams of becoming mermaids. Erin, Lauren, and Katie are real life mermaids who work at the Florida Aquarium. OK, they’re not real mermaids, but they sure are as close as it gets. BuzzFeed interviewed the three to see what it’s like to wake up and be a mermaid for work instead of going to the office everyday. Best job ever!


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/07/11/what-its-like-to-be-a-real-life-mermaid/

Woman Catches Huge Goldfish That Looks Like Pokemon

Olivia from Kansas caught a huge goldfish. The biggest she’s ever seen, and the biggest I’ve seen also. After marveling at her catch, she threw it back in. It kind of look like a Magikarp Pokemon. One day it will turn to Gyarados. Ye, I’m a nerd. The video is being featured on sites like SayOMG and Fox4KC.


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2011/04/21/woman-catches-huge-goldfish-that-looks-like-pokemon/

Dangerous Commercial Fishing Practices Are Declining

“The Deadliest Catch” might be about to get a little less deadly. Battling the high seas and fighting the treacherous conditions in order to land a haul and make it all worthwhile, the daring exploits of fishermen make it one of the most dangerous jobs to do. But a new study has found that such risky behavior by fishermen hunting in the North Pacific for the sablefish, also known as black cod, has steeply declined. It seems that by altering how the fish stocks are managed, the trade-off between catch size and safety has been reduced.

Normally, the researchers found that traditional management of fisheries promoted risky behavior by the fishermen. By limiting the vessels to a certain number of days they are allowed to fish, it encouraged the boats to be launched around-the-clock regardless of weather conditions, as multiple vessels chased the same schools of fish. These rules also promoted behavior in which fishermen were more likely to overload their boats and ignore maintenance problems in a bid to boost their catch and its value.

This competitive style of fishing, in which crews would in effect race each other to the most productive regions, encourages the boats to launch in terrible weather conditions, which in turn obviously increases the chance of accidents. In fact, from 2000 to 2009, severe weather contributed to four out of five fatal fishing accidents that occurred on the West Coast. It is also part of the reason why commercial fishing has an average fatality rate 30 times that of the U.S. average.

But the researchersfrom the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)looked at how the fisherman acted once the sablefish fishery had adopted a catch shares management system. This method changed the incentives for the fishermen, giving each vessel rights to a specific share of the allowable catch within the fishery. This meant that the boats could choose when and where to fish their share, meaning that fewer of them chose to leave port during the most stormy of days. The researchers found that the number of fishing trips taken on the highest wind days dropped by an impressive 79 percent, and this corresponded to a reduction of safety incidents by a massive 87 percent.

When fishermen have to compete for fish they can’t make a rational trade-off in terms of safety, explainedLisa Pfeiffer, who coauthored the study looking into the change in fisheries management published in PNAS. Any delay, whether it’s because of the weather or any other reason, results in the fish being taken by someone else. Catch shares provides the flexibility for the fishermen to make a rational trade-off in terms of risk and reward, instead of being compelled to fish whatever the conditions.

The NOAA hopes that by adopting the same management technique in other fisheries, they will be able to solve many of the problems associated with the competitive system currently in place and as such reduce the number of injuries, pollution events, vessel losses, search and rescue missions, and deaths caused by dangerous fishing.

Main image: Discovery/YouTube

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/environment/dangerous-commercial-fishing-decline

Fishers Freak Out When Shark Eats Another Shark

While fishing, a bunch of buddies think they caught something big. Then, all of a sudden, a shark fin appears and starts messing with the boys. They all have a complete break down and freak. OMG, OMG!! Then the shark eats a smaller shark, the guys freak out more, if that was even possible.


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Eaten Fish Spotted Inside Of A Translucent Sea Creature

The alien world of the deep sea has some very odd inhabitants.

Photographer Wayne MacWilliams dove 150 meters (500 feet) into the waters off the coast of Singer Island in Palm Beach, Florida,to capturea particularly fascinating moment from the deep sea’s black abyss.

The images show a translucent sea creature, possibly a species of comb jelly, with a shimmering fish in its bellythat it hadeaten just moments before.

MacWilliams told the MailOnline, I was drifting, at night in pitch black, it was really fun as you just do not know what will come your way. It may be a bit intimidating, it can be very spooky the first time you do it because it is jet black with no bottom to speak of.

He added:These beautiful creatures are interesting, bizarre, to say the least and pretty foreign to me. I have done this type of diving a couple times and plan on doing more.

image credit:Wayne MacWilliams/Cater News Agency

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Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/eat-fish-spotted-inside-translucent-sea-creature

How Diving Seabirds Hunt Fish

Gannets are large sea birds that can be found in the North Atlantic as well as the coastal seas of Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The birds fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater.

The technique, known as plunge diving, allows birds to use the energy from the momentum of the dive to combat natural buoyancy (caused by air trapped in plumage). Gannets can dive from a height of 30 meters (98.4 ft), reaching speeds of 100km/h (62 mph) as they strike the water.

Gannets have a number of adaptations that allow them to perform such a technique:

– they have no external nostrils and breathe through the opening in their epiglottis (in the mouth) instead;
– they have air sacs in their face and chest under their skin which act like bubble wrapping, cushioning the impact with the water;
– their eyes are positioned far enough forward on their face to give them binocular vision, allowing them to judge distances accurately. [Source]

In the series of amazing photographs below, photographer Alexander Safonov captured the feat over the course of several years while diving in the South African Wild Coast. He says it was one of the most incredible experiences of his life.

I’ve also included a video at the bottom of the post from the BBC that documents a sardine run that sees an array of dolphins, sharks, whales, seals and gannets hunting down the billions of sardines along South Africa’s east coast. It’s one of the greatest gathering of predators anywhere on the planet and definitely worth a watch!


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This Poor Fish Managed To Survive For 6 Months With Only Half Its Body

Fish are a lot more resilient than you might think. Of course, the resiliency of fish isn’t something most people think about anyway…at least not until they’re confronted by a fish that literally survived being cut in half for more than six months.

Yes, I know that sounds insane, but it’s exactly what happened to this poor fish in Thailand. In the video below, you can see the fish still bobbing around like nothing’s wrong. It’s equal parts heartbreaking and fascinating.

(source: matichon tv)

That poor fish. I’m not sure why they didn’t just put it out of its misery. I can’t imagine that life is very much fun for a fish missing half of its torso.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/half-fish/