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Man Who Left Pet Fish Behind Briefly Charged With Cruelty

Charges were ultimately dropped

(Newser) - When Michael Hinson was evicted from his Wilmington, NC, home last month, the 53-year-old left behind a fish—and found himself facing animal cruelty and abandonment charges. Officials say the 6-inch-long Oscar was in poor health, living in a dirty tank, and had no food available; Hinson was accused of... More »

In a Surprise, Giant Sunfish Washes Ashore in California

'Hoodwinker' species wasn't thought to be around there

(Newser) - A big sea creature that washed ashore in Southern California has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish, a recently identified rare species thought to live only in the Southern Hemisphere. The University of California, Santa Barbara, says the fish was spotted last week at Sands Beach in the university's... More »

Cops: Boy May Have Died After Breathing In Fish Smell

11-year-old from Brooklyn seems to have suffered allergic reaction as family cooked New Year's meal

(Newser) - Authorities are trying to figure out what caused the death of a Brooklyn boy, and it may be tied to a rare allergic reaction. The New York Post and New York Daily News report that the 11-year-old, named Camron Jean-Pierre or Camron Jean-Paul, got sick Tuesday evening while at home... More »

StarKist to Plead Guilty in Tuna Price Conspiracy

Company faces fine of up to $100M

(Newser) - StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. The DOJ said StarKist faces up to a $100 million fine when it is sentenced. Prosecutors say the industry's... More »

Imaginative Fish Seller Busted for Duping Buyers

He pasted googly eyes on the dead fish so they'd look fresh

(Newser) - Savvy buyers of fresh fish know to check the eyes—bright clear ones are a good sign, gray or yellowish ones, not so much. Now, because of a fish seller in Kuwait, there's another type of eyes to beware: plastic, googly ones. Yes, Kuwait's Ministry of Commerce shut... More »

This Isn't Salmon —Except in China

Authorities have thrown up their hands, ruled rainbow trout can be called salmon

(Newser) - If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's the new mantra for rainbow trout in China, which for years have been mislabeled as salmon and which now are getting an official shrug from authorities on that mislabeling. Even though a recent media expose revealed the fish... More »

Girl, 11, Catches Piranha Relative in Oklahoma

Invasive species bit her grandmother

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl has quite the fish tale: A rare pacu with human-like teeth chomped down on the worm at the end of her line while she was fishing with her grandparents and brother in an Oklahoma lake. But Kennedy Smith isn't exaggerating when she describes her catch, the... More »

Fish Oil Pills, Good for the Heart? Not in This Life

Omega-3 supplements fall short in major scientific review

(Newser) - Want to prevent heart disease? Those fish oil supplements may not be worth the money after all, the BBC reports. A review of roughly 112,000 people across 79 trials found that people using supplements of omega-3—a fat that's prominent fish oils like cod liver oil—experienced little... More »

Fish Seller Buys Octopus for Unexpected Reason

Giovanni DeGarimore feels a connection with the creature

(Newser) - A California fish-market owner bought an octopus and set it free because he feels a certain affinity with cephalopods, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Giovanni DeGarimore, owner of Giovanni's Fish Market in Morro Bay, bought the 70-pounder earlier this month for a couple hundred dollars from a local crab... More »

Most Fish We Eat Die in a Surprising Way

They asphyxiate, slowly, and advocates pushing to change that note that the fish will taste better

(Newser) - If you've recently eaten fish, a story at Topic provides what might be a revelation about how that fish almost certainly died: It asphyxiated, slowly. The story, however, is not a plea for people to stop eating fish. Rather, it explains that advocates are pushing to switch to an... More »

Biggest Fish in the Ocean Continues to Confound Us

Scientists tried new research techniques on the whale shark, but they haven't learned much yet

(Newser) - It's the biggest shark—and the biggest fish—in the sea. Yet despite its hulking appearance, the whale shark has only tiny, almost useless teeth and is sometimes so docile that entire boatloads of people can swim alongside the enigmatic, spotted beast. It's also one of the least... More »

These Fish Are So Loud While Getting It On It's Deafening

Racket of mating Gulf corvina is so loud it could damage hearing of dolphins, say researchers

(Newser) - A type of Mexican fish heads every spring to the Gulf of California to spawn—and their "reproductive orgies," as the AFP puts it, are so loud they can damage hearing in other marine life. A pair of studies from the same researchers, one published in June in... More »

Trump, Abe Make Fishy Faux Pas

What restraint?

(Newser) - It's probably one of the most-repeated phrases when teaching kids about how to feed fish: just a pinch. It's a directive President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe most definitely did not follow while the two visited the Akasaka palace's koi carp pond Monday. The Guardian ... More »

Fisherman Nearly Dies After Freak Fish Accident

The sole left his body

(Newser) - A bizarre fishing incident in England left a sole survivor—a 28-year-old fisherman who almost died when a Dover sole he had caught jumped down his throat when he kissed it. With the 6-inch fish stuck in his throat, the man stopped breathing and had a cardiac arrest on the... More »

Fish Fall From Sky With Rain in Mexico

It's a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times

(Newser) - Civil defense officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky, the AP reports. Tamaulipas civil defense says in a brief statement that rain Tuesday in the coastal city of Tampico included fish. Photos posted on the agency's Facebook page... More »

Scientists Freak Out Fish to Find Out How Brave They Are

Guppies apparently have distinct personalities, researchers find

(Newser) - Frightening fish isn't something you'd find on most people's daily to-do lists, but for researcher Tom Houslay, it was all in a day's work. Per the Washington Post , the evolutionary biologist at the University of Exeter gave his team the task of determining if the fish... More »

Wily Orcas Are Tormenting Alaska Fishermen

Whales are stealing thousands of pounds of their fish from boats

(Newser) - They're like pirates of sorts, but very, very large ones. Alaskan fishermen say they’re increasingly missing out on scores of fish they rely on to make a living because killer whales are making off with their catch. A few years ago, orca sightings in the Bering Sea were... More »

In an Unexplored Abyss, Faceless Fish Swim

The creature was first dredged up in the 1870s

(Newser) - It was first dredged up in 1870s off Papua New Guinea, and now scientists say they've hauled one up from the deep once again: a so-called faceless fish. The AFP reports on the scientific bounty collected two weeks into a month-long expedition off the eastern side of Australia, where... More »

The Real Reason Fish Grew Legs

Study: Big eyes came first, then limbs evolved to catch prey they were seeing

(Newser) - Some 385 million years ago, our watery ancestors evolved into land mammals, their fins slowly evolving into limbs. But a new study out of Northwestern suggests that when it comes to fish evolution, it all comes down to the eyes. Fish could see far better above the water line, and... More »

Fish Can't Talk, So They Pee Instead

For cichlids, urination is also a form of communication

(Newser) - Perhaps you know someone who's written his name in snow, you know, with urine. That's essentially what some fish do every day. In a study titled, "To pee or not to pee: urine signals mediate aggressive interactions in the cooperatively breeding cichlid," researchers explain that urination... More »

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