Nothing like opening a Friday Smorgasbord with a Jeff Foxworthy-esque statement, “You might be a redneck when you get your feathers ruffled over dihydrogen monoxide in your water supply!” April Fool’s Day always comes with lots of groaners and a few awesome tales and this one fits the latter category. A pair of radio DJs on Florida’s Gator Country 101.9 in Lee County are in hot water (no pun intended) after telling listeners that a suspicious substance — dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) — was in the local water supply. Sadly many people contacted Lee County Utilities concerned about the safety of the water supply and the panic led to “indefinite suspensions” and possible felony charges against the WWGR DJs. Orson Welles would be proud.
This one is no April Fool’s prank, but very odd to say the least. One angler was out on Lake Austin in Texas when he came upon this strange sight, a large mouth bass with another bass stuck in its mouth. Seems like one fish thought the other would make a tasty treat only to get his opponent jammed in his gill. The angler safely removed the two fish and set them both free.
Debris is still reaching our shores from the tsunami that devastated Japan two years ago and in this case, it came bearing a live fish. Just recently, a skiff washed ashore in Washington state that contained five stowaway fish. The five fish, commonly referred to as a knifejaw or striped beak fish, are native to waters off Japan, Korea and China. Only one of the fish survived and being kept in a holding tank at the Seaside Aquarium in Oregon. Once it’s healthy, the aquarium plans to put it on display.
[via Seattle Times]
For farmers and ecologists, finding common ground is a good thing. Over the years levees and man-made waterways have altered Northern California wetlands into farmland, with local salmon populations dwindling after the loss of key habitats. However, researchers are testing a way to use farmland to raise salmon. In February 50,000 chinook salmon juveniles were release into a flooded 20-acre test field, a flooded rice field that mimics the original marshlands. This week, the last of those fish made their way down the canal toward Northern California’s Sacramento River and eventually the ocean.
[via San Jose Mercury News]