Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish

Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish

Incoming thiefNOAA By Adam Popescu Sperm whales have turned burglar. They have learned to follow commercial fishing boats off the coast of Alaska, and then pick huge volumes of fish from the lines. It now seems they can take about 5% of the fishermen’s annual quotas. Sperm whales are the largest toothed predators on Earth. […]

Night fishing with light-up lures that can be seen from space

Night fishing with light-up lures that can be seen from space

By Niall Firth BRIGHT lights, big cities. Or are they? All is not as it seems in this stunning photo snapped from the International Space Station. The mass of white lights to the east shows Thailand’s capital Bangkok, its city streets abuzz with nocturnal activity. But the green lights dotted to the south of the […]

People are using mosquito nets for fishing and that’s a bad idea

People are using mosquito nets for fishing and that’s a bad idea

Senegalese men use a mosquito net to fish in the village of Mont-RollandGEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty By Michael Le Page Mosquito nets are being widely used for fishing in poor countries around the world. The practice may be particularly unsustainable because the fine mesh of the nets means lots of juvenile fish are caught. But it’s not […]