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Tuna Black Market Worth Billions

Posted by Kira Baranowski: Well, the title says it all! France, reportedly, had its Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries join forces with the tuna industry to doctor catch numbers. “It’s like driving down the road. If I know there are no police, I’m going to speed,” said Roger Del Ponte. Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna are the primary target for the black market, which was worth over four billion dollars between 1998 and 2007. As you would certainly expect, fish populations are severely affected and the article went as far as to mention “collapse” in regards to fisheries.

Walden Pond just got a little more interesting.

Posted by Kira Baranowski: Walden Pond just got a little more interesting. Thoreau would probably get a kick out of this. Early this September, a local resident was taking a seemingly average swim in Walden Pond in Massachusetts. What she first thought to be thousands of seeds was actually thousands of jellyfish. These jellyfish were never found before in Walden Pond because they can lie in a dormant state for many years. So far, these jellies have been found in about 5 Massachusetts lakes since they were first discovered. They are capable of stinging, however, the stings go unnoticed by most people. Interestingly, the jellyfish disappear just as quickly as they reappear. Because they appear without warning and don’t last long at all, very little is known about these fascinating creatures

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Video of these fantastical jellies