Mola Tecta was only 'discovered' (presumably as in discovered to be distinct from the regular ocean sunfish) in 2014. Therefore its distribution might not be fully understood yet.A hoodwinker sunfish in sunny California.
A rare fish thought to live in the southern hemisphere has washed up in Santa Barbara, California.
The appearance of the seven-foot (2.1m) hoodwinker sunfish has baffled scientists, who question how the fish made it so far from its home waters. An intern at the University of California spotted the animal at the Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve. It took researchers several days to properly identify the creature, which was only discovered in 2014. Photos of the giant fish first appeared on the Coal Oil Point Facebook page, and experts from around the world weighed in to help identify the creature.
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It looks like a tribble, Tribble.Guinea pig found loitering at the 9th hole of golf course, doesn't let other golfers play through, gets evicted from club.
“They’re actually very placid,” said Prof Jason Hall-Spencer, a marine biologist, after spearing 16 of the exotic specimens in the space of 40 minutes in the inaugural “lionfish removal derby” off the island’s southern coast. “The problem is they are not part of the natural ecosystem and we are seeing them in plague proportions.”
“I can’t overstate how serious a problem this is for the whole of the Mediterranean,” he said, emphasising the risk of habitat destruction and species extinction. “Lionfish are the most damaging invasive fish we have ever seen. If action isn’t taken there will be lasting environmental and economic damage.”
Lionfish, he said, not only had no natural enemies, laboratory dissections had proved they were also furnished with ferocious appetites. “They eat everything. Culling this invasive species is the only effective way to reduce their numbers and ensure marine-protected areas continue to regenerate.”
scientists believe expansion works to the Suez Canal have also played a role, by enabling the toxic fish to migrate from native habitats in the Red Sea. The canal, which is one of the world’s most important waterways, was widened and deepened to cater for ever-bigger container ships only three years ago.
“That may have saved time and money but to do it without any biosecurity measures in place was mad,” Hall-Spencer said. “The oceans are bleeding invasive and damaging species into the Mediterranean like a cut artery.”
“In all of this there is a silver lining,” he joked. “As firm-fleshed fish they taste absolutely wonderful. There’s definitely a niche market to be had putting lionfish on dinner tables.”
For context: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong...res-woman-kennedy-town-mtr-station-after-gory
Nice find! Great Fortean storyWallaby filmed bouncing along country road in Cork.
According to https://www.thejournal.ie/wallabies-lambay-island-2-3516673-Jul2017/ there is a population of 100+ red-necked wallabies on an island off the coast of Dublin. Owned by the Baring family (Baring's Bank) they were brought to the island in the 1950s and apparently the climate of Ireland is not dissimilar to Tasmania.Loving the file photo there, but disappointed that there isn't a video of said wallaby.
So if it hasn't come from any wildlife parks... do people keep these as pets?
Hmm, strange... I can't get one to show up when I click the link. There's just the photo (and text of course).There is a video at the link above.
Try going to www.breakingnews.ie, you might be able to run video on the news page.Hmm, strange... I can't get one to show up when I click the link. There's just the photo (and text of course).
Now it could be down to one of my add-ons but it's too late at night to figure out which one; but now that I know there is a video, I'll try again tomorrow
Thanks... it turned out to be Ghostery blocking the video... temporarily pausing that allowed me to view it.
Ooh I never knew that, thanks!There are several colonies of wallabies (what a mellifluous phrase!) in the UK: