Rainbow trout genome sequenced
Using fish bred at Washington State University, an international team of researchers has mapped the genetic profile of the rainbow trout.
Tracking the World’s Largest Salmon With Sonar
I bet taimen was not what came to mind after reading that headline.
These fish, more widely known as taimen (“TIE-men”), split early from the salmon evolutionary tree. These ancient fish are found only in Asia. One characteristic certainly sets them apart from all others in the great salmon family – they are the biggest, capable of reaching over 2 meters (6 feet) in length and living over 30 years.
LINK (via National Geographic)
Gulf Coast Islands: Now You See 'Em, Now You...??
Four years have passed since the BP Oil and Gas Disaster began in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the lasting damage from that spill is just becoming apparent. One possibility: the acceleration of wetlands loss and coastal erosion due to the die-off of marsh vegetation.
Using the Historical Imagery tool in Google Earth, it's easy to see how quickly some of these islands, which provide important habitat for shorebirds and migrating songbirds, are disappearing.
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