- Scientists Predict Increased Mercury Levels in Pacific Ocean Fish
- New Species of Carpet Shark Discovered in Indonesia
- Angler Nearly Speared by Marlin He Was Trying to Catch
Though scientists have long warned of the presence of mercury in some species of fish, new research has shown that those levels could increase by as much as threefold in the next 20 years if emissions from Asian power plants remain at the same rate they are now. Asia’s increasing reliance on fossil fuels results in even more mercury making its way into the sea, and into the fish that are consumed by people.
However, the research also suggests that people can limit their mercury intake by choosing to eat fish that dwell closer to the surface, as sunlight helps to break down the harmful form of mercury that ends up in food fish. The research could be pivotal in guiding regulators’ recommendations for seafood safety in coming years.
Researchers from the Western Australian Museum have recently discovered a new species of carpet shark in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia, sometimes referred to as “walking” sharks because they use their fins to walk along the seafloor and reef, rather than swim like other sharks.
Scientists were able to determine that it was a previously undiscovered species because of its unusual markings, which had not been described by science before. The first carpet sharks were discovered in the early 19th century.
Marlin is one of the more popular species of fish to sportfishermen, who often tangle with the enormous beasts for hours in order to haul them in. While we don’t know how long this angler was fighting to bring in his prized marlin, he comes within inches of losing that fight for good. Check it out: