Tuesday, 24 January 2012

azimCF was in durham, north east england recently

winter season, temperature was zero degree with quixotic
3 mph breeze, as if he's in a fridge hahahaaaaa

red maggots

lets fish!

fly fishing was the main weapon

colin & brown trout, 2kg

salmo trutta morpha (brown trout/ bt)

a typical female produces about 2,000 eggs per kilogram
(900 eggs per pound) of body weight at spawning

durham cathedral & river wear

harry potter used to be in action at durham cathedral

9 am - 10.30 am... three bt 're hooked!

brown trout is a medium-sized fish, growing to 20 kg or
more in some localities although in many smaller rivers
a mature weight of 1 kg (2 lb) or less is common

colin, azimCF & john

brown trout can live to ages of 20 years...

Thursday, 19 January 2012

molluscs are a group of animals that include snails,
clams and squid. most molluscs have a muscular 'foot',
which they use to move around

a heavy shell, such as this helmet shell, protects the soft
body of a snail. when threatened, the snail retreats into
its shell. this is a spiral shell but some are cone-shaped

nudibranch is a soft-bodied sea slug that have no shell

without a shell for protection, he uses poison to
defend himself against predators

his brightly colored body will warn other animals
that he's poisonous

giant clam is a bivalve - a snail with two shells that are
hinged together. clams stay in one place on the reef,
sucking water into their body & filtering out plankton

their color come from algae, which live in their cell
& provide the clams with food

flamingo tongue snails are coral eaters. as they crawl
over the coral, their feet release digestive juices

the juices dissolve the polyps and the snails
absorb the nutrients through their foot

the largest giant clams grow to more than a meter across,
weigh more than 200 kg & can live for up to 100 years

credits: my first ocean life encyclopedia, yahoo, google, flickr & various data

Friday, 13 January 2012

the ocean's surface is lit bu sunlight. the top 30 meters is
brightly lit but it gets darker as you go deeper

down by 200 meters, all sunlight has gone & the water looks bluey-black

flying fish has an unusual way of escaping predators. when
threatened it swims straight at the surface on the water &
flies into the air, using its fins like wings

it can glide above the surface for up to 100 meters

surface wave - when the wind blows over the surface of
the ocean it creates waves. as the waves grow larger they
are moved along the wind, and this helps to mix up the water

during storms at sea, normally the waves reach 30 meters
or more in height. that's as tall as a 10-story building!

credits: my first ocean life encyclopedia, yahoo, google, flickr & various data

Friday, 6 January 2012

A bluefin tuna caught off north-eastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or just under £500k, in the first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market

The winning bidder, Kiyoshi Kimura, president of the Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, said he wanted to give Japan a boost after last year's devastating tsunami. "Japan has been through a lot in the last year due to the disaster," Kimura told AP Television News. "Japan needs to hang in there. So I tried hard myself and ended up buying the most expensive one."

Last year's (2011) bid winners were Hong Kong entrepreneur Ricky Cheng, who runs the Hong Kong-based chain Itamae Sushi, and an upscale Japanese restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district.
Kimura also said he wanted to keep the fish in Japan "rather than let it get taken overseas."

This year's record tuna was caught off Oma, just north of the tsunami-battered coast.

Bluefin tuna is prized for its tender red meat. The best slices of fatty bluefin - called 'o-toro' - can sell for 2,000 yen (£15) per piece at tony Tokyo sushi bars.

Japanese eat 80 per cent of the Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught - the most sought-after by sushi lovers. Japanese fishermen, however, face growing calls for tighter fishing rules amid declining tuna stocks worldwide

In November 2010, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas voted to cut the bluefin fishing quota in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean by about four percent, from 13,500 to 12,900 metric tons annually. It also agreed on measures to try to improve enforcement of quotas on bluefin. The decision was strongly criticised by environmental groups, which hoped to see bluefin fishing slashed or suspended

Delicacy ... pieces of bluefin tuna sell in sushi restaurants for £15

chefs hold a slice of the tuna at the Sushi Zanmai restaurant in Tokyo

£500,000 bluefin tuna...

credits: thesun.co.uk/ google/ various info