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Trivia Tuesday Answer

The heaviest fish is the Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, with an average weight of 1000 kg (2200 lbs for those not used to metric).  That’s huge.

They tend to bask on their side, creating a broad platform in the ocean.

Mola mola basking

Funny story about that.  We got talking about Mola mola during Ecology of Fish.  Our professor had a suggestion… “Jump on a mola mola like a trampoline. Won’t hurt them.”  The way he said it makes me think he’s done it…

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Trivia Tuesday Answer

Remember this question from last week?

What family of fish (common name is fine) was the first recorded deep sea anglerfish discovered?

Hint: J. C. H. Reinhardt was the first one to describe the genus in 1837.

Himantolophus groenlandicus

Such a pretty fish, eh?  That’s a football fish, Himantolophus groenlandicus.  Wouldn’t that be a fun thing to pull up instead of a flounder?

Thanks to all those folks who responded.  New question should be up at noon.

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Trivia Tuesdays

Back for more Trivia Tuesdays!  The answer will be up next week, so you’ve got plenty of time to hit up your friendly neighborhood Google if you don’t know the answer.

What family of fish (common name is fine) was the first recorded deep sea anglerfish discovered?

Hint: J. C. H. Reinhardt was the first one to describe the genus in 1837.

Good luck.  And remember, its a great time to hit up our Ask Box and send us questions as well.  We can answer anything from critters to tanks to why did we do this?

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Oh, and remember this Trivia Tuesday question?

Off the coast of which country was the coelacanth rediscovered in 1938?

It never got answered.  

So, since we know you’ve all  been dying to know where the coelacanth was rediscovered off of the coast of South Africa.  In a fish market.  And all the local fisherman knew about them. They were junk fish ‘cause they just weren’t good eating.

On a semi-related note, I’m still hoping a dodo pops out of a bush somewhere and the last specimen wasn’t thrown out and burned with the morning trash.

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Hey all.

Sorry about the lack of posts the past few weeks.  With the end of summer (and the end of summer jobs or the start of school) things have been rather hectic.  We will return to our normal schedule of posting when things settle down into an actual schedule again.  In the meantime, check out some of the other awesome marine blogs out there or pop us a message with things you’d like to see on the site.

Oh, and here’s a distraction from our lack of posting…

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History Tid-Bit Thursday: Your Weekly Dose of Marine/Maritime History

The USS Phoenix, launched in March of 1938 had a wonderful start to her career. Aside from surviving the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, she earned nine battle starts during World War II and, thus, was decommissioned in 1946 from the United States Navy.  Once decommissioned, the Argentine Navy (ARA) bought two of the United States Navy’s cruisers, one being the USS Phoenix.

Renamed17 de Octubre, after an important political date for President Juan Perón. However, with the overthrow of the President of Argentina, the ship was promptly renamed the ARA General Belgrano, once the Perón Revolution had ceased. The cruiser did sea patrols and finished training duties to protect the territory of Argentina. When Argentina and the United Kingdom began an undeclared war on April 02nd of 1982, the ship left to counter the British Task Force that was heading South. She was then sent to take position of the Falkland Islands.

On the 30th of April, the ARA General Belgrano, was detectedby the British nuclear-powered submarine, the HMS Conqueror. On May 02, 1982, the British fleet fired three conventional Mk 8 mod 4 torpedoes, which struck ARA General Belgrano twice. The explosions killed 275 men, and created a sixty foot hole in the main deck of the cruiser. The cruiser could not call for an SOS due to the damaged electrical system. Within twenty minutes of the attack, and the boat beginning to sink, Captain Bonzo of the ARA General Belgrano ordered his men to abandon ship.

For three long days, all of the crew boats were not found by the Argentine and Chilean rescue ships. 770 men were rescued, while 321 members of the crew and two civilians were killed in this attack.

ARA General Belgrano (C-6) Light Cruiser
The Sinking of ARA General Belgrano - May 2nd 1982
The Sinking of the ARA General Belgrano