RSS Friday Smorgasbord: Phytoballs, more two-headed sharks and clear blooded fish

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    Anticipating the rising oceans, one French architecture firm designed this*habitable, eco-friendly phytoplankton farm.*Sitbon Architectes designed this pod concept that would be moored to the ocean floor. Dubbed “Bloom”, the five-story farm allows scientists to live and grow*phytoplankton, reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and releasing oxygen.

    [via PopSci]


    Two weeks ago we covered one two-headed shark and now we have another two-headed shark story to add to the mix. After reporting the initial story about the fisherman who discovered the bull shark, a NatGeo reader shared his images of this two-headed blue shark fetus he encountered back in 2008.

    [via NatGeo]

    Talk about a close encounter. Isaac Brumaghim was fishing from his kayak and reeling in a tuna Sunday about two miles off Hawaii’s Oahu Island when he came as close as anyone wants to get with a tiger shark that weighed 400 to 500 pounds. Watch as Brumaghim gets a shock as the shark nearly landed in his kayak trying to nab the catch. “It definitely was an adrenaline rush for me out there,” he said afterward, according to Hawaii News Now. “Life and death right in front of you. It put some things into perspective.”

    [via NPR]

    The ocellated icefish (Chionodraco rastrospinosus) is an unusual fish that lives in the Southern Ocean that was just bred successfully in captivity for the first time.*Not only does it inhabit frigid water, but this peculiar fish has clear blood as it lacks the*hemoglobin that makes most creatures blood red (except Vulcans of course)*. A few months ago, krill fishermen brought Tokyo Sea Life Park in Japan a male and female specimen. The two fish spawned allowing the team to study these creatures and to figure out how this survives without*hemoglobin.

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