- Fujianese Fisherman Cashes in On Fish Find
- Tropical Fish Sightings Increasing in Nova Scotia
- Blue Whale Plays Shark Off California Coast
A fisherman from the Fujian province of China made an unexpected fortune when the fish he brought to market turned out to be a Chinese bahaba, a very rare fish found occasionally in the waters of China. The fisherman found the bahaba floating on the surface of the ocean while out fishing and decided to bring it in, to the delight of locals who came streaming in to ogle the 176 lb giant. It was at this point that the fish was identified as a rare and valuable fish, and the bidding war began, peaking at 3 million yuan (US$470,000). Though the bahaba is listed as critically endangered in China, it is highly valuable in Chinese medicine, where the swim bladder is used to cure lung and heart diseases.
Divers in Nova Scotia are reporting an influx of tropical fish species, including one group of triggerfish, more commonly found among the coral reefs of much warmer waters. A zoology curator from the Nova Scotia Museum said tropical fish are not unusual in the shallow waters of Nova Scotia, who end up in northern waters by way of the Gulf Stream, but that the sightings this year were about 2 weeks earlier than normal. Some fish will make it back to warmer waters, and ones who stay may not make it through the frigid Canadian winter, but he noted that the possibility for some tropical species to make Nova Scotia their home is there.
A whale watching tour boat was treated to a game of charades with a blue whale, who suddenly turned on its side and did its best shark impersonation: