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Giant 67-pound goldfish reeled in from French lake may be one of the largest ever caught

In an epic tug-of-war, it took the British angler 25 minutes to haul the monster fish, nicknamed The Carrot, to land.

A British angler has caught one of the world's largest goldfish on record after an epic battle with the fish in a French lake.

The fisher landed the 67-pound (30 kilograms) fish, nicknamed The Carrot, after a 25-minute tug-of-war at Bluewater Lakes in France's northeast Champagne province. A hybrid between a leather carp and koi, the goldfish was released into the lake 20 years ago, after which it ballooned in size, becoming one of the largest of its kind to ever be caught.

"With normal fish you struggle to see them if they're just under the surface, but The Carrot is obviously bright orange so you can't miss it," Andy Hackett, the man who caught the fish, told the BBC(opens in new tab). "It's a much sought-after fish, not many people have caught it, it's quite elusive."

After catching The Carrot, Hackett released the fish back into the lake so that other anglers would have a chance to catch it, the BBC reported.

If they are kept in home aquariums, goldfish (Carassius auratus) and smaller carp tend to grow no larger than 2 inches (5 centimeters) long. But when released into the wild, the teensy fish can grow into giants; in 2013, one supersize goldfish captured in Lake Tahoe measured nearly 1.5 feet (46 cm) long and weighed over 4 pounds (2 kg).

Upon announcing the day's catch, Hackett was told "You're gonna need a bigger bowl," he recalled.

Despite their propensity to die in captivity, goldfish are as tough as they come in the wild --- having proven capable of living 25 years and surviving for up to five months without any oxygen(opens in new tab). This is because the fish evolved to live in ponds that freeze over in the winter, meaning that in low-oxygen environments their bodies shift from aerobic respiration to converting carbohydrates into alcohol, which they release through their gills. When these traits are coupled with rapid reproductive rates, goldfish are quickly able to dominate new habitats at the cost of native species.

Goldfish tenacity has already caused problems in lakes in which multiple fish, often dumped by people who once kept them as pets, are released at once. In 2021, officials in the Minnesota city of Burnsville released an official statement pleading with residents to refrain from releasing goldfish into the waters of the city's Lake Keller. The once-tiny fish had begun growing to enormous sizes, and were wreaking havoc on the lake's delicate ecological webs.

"Please don't release your pet goldfish into ponds and lakes!" city officials said in a statement on Twitter(opens in new tab). "They grow bigger than you think and contribute to poor water quality by mucking up the bottom sediments and uprooting plants."

Waterway managers in Minnesota's nearby Carver County removed about 50,000 goldfish from local waters in November 2020, according to the Washington Post(opens in new tab). Similar problems have also cropped up in the province of Alberta, Canada and the city of Spokane, Washington, where the local government has pledged $150,000 to liberate a local lake from a goldfish invasion, KHQ news reported.


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Duck! Octopuses caught on camera throwing things at each other :marseyoctopus::throw::!marseyoctopus:

For the first time, octopuses have been spotted throwing things --- at each other1.

Octopuses are known for their solitary nature, but in Jervis Bay, Australia, the gloomy octopus (Octopus tetricus) lives at very high densities. A team of cephalopod researchers decided to film the creatures with underwater cameras to see whether --- and how --- they interact.

Once the researchers pulled the cameras out of the water, they sat down to watch more than 20 hours of footage. "I call it octopus TV," laughs co-author David Scheel, a behavioural ecologist at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. One behaviour stood out: instances in which the eight-limbed creatures gathered shells, silt or algae with their arms --- and then hurled them away, propelling them with water jetted from their siphon. And although some of the time it seemed that they were just throwing away debris or food leftovers, it did sometimes appear that they were throwing things at each other.

The team found clues that the octopuses were deliberately targeting one another. Throws that made contact with another octopus were relatively strong and often occurred when the thrower was displaying a uniform dark or medium body colour. Another clue: sometimes the octopuses on the receiving end ducked. Throws that made octo-contact were also more likely to be accomplished with a specific set of arms, and the projectile was more likely to be silt.


"We weren't able to try and assess what the reasons might be," Scheel cautions. But throwing, he says, "might help these animals deal with the fact that there are so many octopuses around". In other words, it is probably social.

Tamar Gutnick, an octopus neurobiologist at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy, says the work opens a new door for inquiries into the social lives of these famously clever animals. "The environment for these specific octopuses is such that they have this interaction between individuals," she says. "It's communication, in a way."


the sky above the field was the color of television




touched grass again
Frosty morning


I hate sand

it's course and rough and it gets everywhere

Hi i went outside a few days ago :)

:marseyreading: I went outside a few days ago and one of my kitties joined me .









Little green frog that lives in the doorway makes his appearance again

Trans lives matter since I’ve been chudded


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A young bar-tailed godwit appears to have set a non-stop distance record for migratory birds by flying at least 13,560 kilometers (8,435 miles) from Alaska to the Australian state of Tasmania, a bird expert said Friday.

The bird was tagged as a hatchling in Alaska during the Northern Hemisphere summer with a tracking GPS chip and tiny solar panel that enabled an international research team to follow its first annual migration across the Pacific Ocean, Birdlife Tasmania convenor Eric Woehler said. Because the bird was so young, its gender wasn't known.

A bar-tailed godwit is seen in this undated file photo. David Tipling/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Image

Aged about five months, it left southwest Alaska at the Yuko-Kuskokwim Delta on Oct. 13 and touched down 11 days later at Ansons Bay on the island of Tasmania's northeastern tip on Oct. 24, according to data from Germany's Max Plank Institute for Ornithology. The research has yet to be published or peer reviewed.

The bird started on a southwestern course toward Japan then turned southeast over Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a map published by New Zealand's Pukoro Miranda Shorebird Center shows.

The bird was again tracking southwest when it flew over or near Kiribati and New Caledonia, then past the Australian mainland before turning directly west for Tasmania, Australia's most southerly state. The satellite trail showed it covered 13,560 kilometers (8,435 miles) without stopping.

"Whether this is an accident, whether this bird got lost or whether this is part of a normal pattern of migration for the species, we still don't know," said Woehler, who is part of the research project.

Guinness World Records lists the longest recorded migration by a bird without stopping for food or rest as 12,200 km (7,580 miles) by a satellite-tagged male bar-tailed godwit flying from Alaska to New Zealand.

That flight was recorded in 2020 as part of the same decade-old research project, which also involves China's Fudan University, New Zealand's Massey University and the Global Flyway Network.

The same bird broke its own record with a 13,000-kilometer (8,100-mile) flight on its next migration last year, researchers say. But Guinness has yet to acknowledge that feat.

Woehler said researchers did not know whether the latest bird, known by its satellite tag 234684, flew alone or as part of a flock.

"There are so few birds that have been tagged, we don't know how representative or otherwise this event is," Woehler said.

"It may be that half the birds that do the migration from Alaska come to Tasmania directly rather than through New Zealand or it might be 1%, or it might be that this is the first it's ever happened," he added.

Adult birds depart Alaska earlier than juveniles, so the tagged bird was unlikely to have followed more experienced travelers south, Woehler said.

Woehler hopes to see the bird once wet weather clears in the remote corner of Tasmania, where it will fatten up having lost half its body weight on its journey.

The bar-tailed godwit isn't the only bird to travel extremely long distances.

Last year, a rare Steller's sea eagle was spotted in Massachusetts, more than 5,000 miles away from its home in Asia.

And a 2015 study determined that blackpoll warblers -- which are tiny, forest songbirds -- make long-range transoceanic voyage stretching up to 1,721 miles.

And don't say evolution that's been debunked. 💅

The spiders can see the infra red light from iPhone’s Lidar sensor :marseyspider::marseyspider2:


Some of the cutest frickers you'll ever see - White Tent Bats
Clamcels stay seething at mantis chads
Possum eating strawberry - YouTube

I pulled one of these guys out of a garbage can the other day after he got stuck. I'm kinda wishing I'd taken him home. They're cute.

Based mom tells her NEET kids to frick off
They are just like me
Imagine not enjoying the outdoors :marseydisagree:

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