What a strange week! There have been some pretty cool and unusual stories this week that deserved a bit more than just a run down in the Friday smorgasbord, like giant fish pee and cute purple squids, but we’ve still managed to uncover a few stories worthy of our weekly overview. Here we go!
Seems we have a goldfish problem!
Getting rid of that unwanted goldfish seemed so easy. Instead of taking it to a pet store or euthanizing it, returning it to nature sounds like a better choice, right? Wrong! Local ecosystems like Teller Lake in Colorado and Vasse River in Australia are under threat by growing and thriving alien goldfish population. In fact, they are growing huge, up to 4 pounds. The population growth is puzzling and frustrating scientists and wildlife officials as they threaten native fisheries and ecosystems. And this isn’t the first time we’ve covered these type of story. Remember these Lake Tahoe fish?
Ships passing in the night
This stunning interactive map shows all the ships that traveled the seas in 2012. Not only outlining their routes, but lets you see the emissions and freight carried by each ship as is travels around the world’s oceans. in fact, cargo ships emits roughly as much climate pollution as the entire country of Germany. This visualization from researchers at University College London and the digital journalism studio Kiln shows the scale of the challenge. At any given time, as many as 100,000 ships may be at sea, delivering iPhones from China to the U.S. or fish from Scotland to China. Roughly 90% of everything we buy arrives on a ship.
Kerry Ward had the paddleboard experience of a lifetime when he found himself surrounded by a swarm of manta rays leaping out out the ocean while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Its great to see his reaction as he spotted the group, also know as a fever, while out paddle-boarding with his daughter and a friend.
[via Daily Mail]