Briny Lake of Death in Gulf of Mexico

A super dense, briny pool of water lies at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, fatal to all but a few shrimp, bacteria, and tube worms. The density of the pool is what keeps it confined below the rest of the water.

I’d recommend staying out of the pool!

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Fish ID from Nova Scotia

Great ID work! Killifish are a very interesting family. A challenge to keep in captivity, and often quite beautiful!

I Want To Be A Marine Biologist

Joel from Nova Scotia caught some small fish and asked us what species they were.  image (1)image

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Any guesses before I answer Joel?

OK Joel, thanks for the question.  This species is known as the mummichog.  It’s a member of the topminnow or killifish family.  It’s scientific name is Fundulus heteroclitus.  They are small fish usually less than 5 inches and can show up with gorgeous white and yellow spots over a green, tan body. The females are typically larger, paler, and drabber.  The males can have vivid coloration especially in the breeding season.

Mummichog live in shallow marsh habitats. They are extremely abundant in these marsh areas of the western Atlantic.  They are very hardy and can survive in difficult conditions with high temperatures, pollution, or low oxygen levels.  They will eat just about anything that can fit in their mouth, dead or alive.  Being small, they are a very important prey species to…

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Animal Planet’s Mermaid Postulation

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There has been a controversial mockumentary playing on the History Channel lately (Mermaids: The Body Found) that proposes that not only are mermaids real, but they share a common ancestor with humans and that the government has kept their existence a secret.

Now I am all for new and weird things in the ocean, and that human kind definitely doesn’t know what all lies beneath the blue waters of the oceans, but I feel this conspiracy is a little far-fetched. The story is not even what bothered me, it was more the silly and cheesy computer animation of the so-called merpeople.

The morphology hypothesis is intriguing. Lots of creatures, particularly amphibians, reptiles, and fish, share common ancestors across land and water. Life itself began in the oceans. Some species have returned to the water after being terrestrial – such as the hippo, which is believed to have come from an ancestor of the modern day horse. The presentation of all these theories was just undercut by that animation. I’m sorry, but I’d rather read a dry research paper than think of mermaids in that computer-generated light.

Perhaps one day when we do meet the mermaids in the lost city of Atlantis, we can put this whole silly project behind us. I hope they aren’t so offended that they force the ocean’s creatures to war with humanity. We don’t stand a chance, people!

Short Clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqleRxEDwrg