YAHOO.COM - A new kind of lake monster has been found, in the depths of Lake Tahoe: gigantic goldfish. Researchers trawling the lake for invasive fish species scooped up a goldfish that was nearly 1.5 feet long and 4.2 pounds.
"During these surveys, we've found a nice corner where there's about 15 other goldfish," environmental scientist Sudeep Chandra of the University of Nevada, Reno, told LiveScience.
"It's an indication that they were schooling and spawning." The arrival
of the fish, which were probably dumped there by aquarium owners, has
Chandra worried — goldfish are an invasive species that could interfere with Lake Tahoe's ecosystem.
It's unclear whether the giant fish were introduced as fully grown
adults, or while they were still small, Chandra said. But even a small
creature can have a big impact, if there are enough of them.
The goldfish are just one of several species of invasive warm-water fishes in Lake Tahoe.
"The invasion is resulting in the consumption of native species,"
Chandra said. What's more, the invasive fish excrete nutrients that
cause algal blooms, which threaten to muddy Tahoe's clear waters.
Aquarium dumping has become a common practice in the United States and
elsewhere, and it's taking a toll on native wildlife. A recent report on California's aquarium trade found
that fish owners and importers are introducing hardy, nonnative aquatic
species to California waters. "Globally, the aquarium trade has
contributed a third of the world's worst aquatic and invasive species," Williams, who was lead author of the report, told OurAmazingPlanet, a sister site of LiveScience, in January.
While the exact number of aquarium owners dumping fish is unknown,
scientists know the practice is occurring because these species could
not have ended up in these waters naturally. Between 20 percent and 69
percent of fish keepers surveyed in Texas admitted to dumping, according
Other ways that invasive species find their way into natural ecosystems
include aquaculture, live seafood, live bait, and fishing and
recreation vessels. More than 11 million nonnative marine organisms
representing at least 102 species arrive at ports in San Francisco and
Los Angeles alone, Williams has found.
The invaders include tropical fish, seaweed and snails. One of the nastiest is a deadly type of seaweed known as Caulerpa. A type of algae that produces toxic compounds that kill off fish, Caulerpa was eradicated in 2000 (at great expense) from lagoons in Southern California.
Aquarium owners should be more careful when disposing of unwanted fish
and other animals, Williams cautioned. "It's pretty simple: Don't dump
your fish," she said. Instead, she suggests calling the pet shop that
sold the fish or your state department of fish and wildlife. (Euthanasia
is another option, but simply flushing fish down the toilet can be
problematic — for the fish and for your plumbing.)
So why do people dump fish? Studies of dumping have shown that size and
aggressiveness of the fish are two main factors, Williams said.
The largest pet goldfish, according to the BBC, was a fish named Goldie that was 15 inches (38 cm) long and weighed more than 2 pounds (0.9 kg).
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:54:08 GMT
KHQ.COM - The 2013 Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade is in the books. >>
KHQ.COM - The 2013 Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade is in the books. With tens of thousands of people in downtown Spokane watching the parade, the floats, the marching bands, we know you took plenty of pictures! Well, we want to see them!>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:30 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:30:26 GMT
KHQ.COM - The results of the 2013 Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade are coming in. We'll post them as we get them.>>
KHQ.COM - The results of the 2013 Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade are coming in. We'll post them as we get them. In the meantime, if you have any photos from Saturday night's parade and want to submit them for a slideshow, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:19 AM EDT2013-05-21 05:19:50 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma.>>
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma as the state recovers from a massive tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, killing at least 51 people and flattening entire neighborhoods.>>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:10:47 GMT
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The "Today" show will be broadcasting live from Yellowstone National Park as part of a weeklong travel series.>>
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The "Today" show will be broadcasting live from Yellowstone National Park as part of a weeklong travel series. All five of the NBC show's anchors will be on the air at Old Faithful starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Monday, May 20 2013 2:21 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:21:01 GMT
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - It was a bigger-than-average tree rescue for firefighters in Colorado Springs.>>
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - It was a bigger-than-average tree rescue for firefighters in Colorado Springs. They had to use a ladder truck to reach a black bear after it fell asleep in a tall pine tree after being tranquilized Sunday.>>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:07 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:07:32 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias' lawyers have asked to withdraw from the case and say they won't call any witnesses in the penalty phase of her trial.>>
PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias' lawyers have asked to withdraw from the case and say they won't call any witnesses in the penalty phase of her trial. The stunning declaration came Monday after the judge denied their request for a mistrial based on a key witness receiving death threats.
Monday, May 20 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:19:00 GMT
KHQ.COM - United Airlines is getting its 787s back in the air today. United's first 787 flight on Monday is scheduled for 11 a.m. from Houston to Chicago.>>
KHQ.COM - United Airlines is getting its 787s back in the air. The planes are returning after a four-month grounding because of smoldering batteries on 787s owned by two other airlines. The incidents included an emergency landing of one plane, and a fire on another.>>