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Mysterious lights on the ocean. Alien patterns. What’s it all about? Squid

IT glows. It moves. And it’s forming a 300km long spiral pattern in the South Atlantic . So what exactly is being captured by satellite cameras over the coast of Argentina?

Alien invasion? Mutant krakens? A secret government experiment, perhaps?

No.

When NASA set out to determine the source of a dramatic cluster of lights positioned some 400km off the Argentine coast, it found a much more mundane explanation.

Fishermen.

Hundreds upon thousands of brightly illuminated boats bobbing on the currents in pursuit of an ever-more elusive catch.

Squid.

The lights are reflections from the sea’s surface of spotlights being shined into the depths to entice one particular delicacy into their nets.

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A fishing light using bright lights to lure the phytoplankton food source for a specific species of squid popular on supermarket shelves. Source: NASA

They do this by attracting the small creatures that make up the squid’s food source to the surface by the bright lights, and then dragging nets through the swarming mass of phytoplankton to scoop up the squid drawn to what they think is an easy meal.

The eerie three-armed pattern also has a mundane explanation: That is the shape of the Malvinas current and the economic exclusion zones between Argentina and Britain’s Falkland Islands.

Fisheries researchers suggest that as much as 300,000 tons of Illex squid are harvested from the South Atlantic each year by unlicensed, unregulated fishing vessels.

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Fresh-caught Illex argentinus squid packaged and ready for South American supermarkets. Source: Supplied

“These lights help reveal the full range, patterns, and night-to-night variability of these fishing activities in striking detail,” said Colorado State University scientist Steve Miller.

The series of pictures below, showing the movement of the fishing boats over several nights,  was captured by the Suomi NPP satellite.

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Source: NASA

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Woman reels in weird fish with two mouths

Image Credit: Facebook / Debbie Geddes

Why does this fish have two mouths?

Debbie Geddes had been fishing in Lake Champlain with her husband when she caught this peculiar specimen.

The bizarre fish, which is believed to be a trout, has what looks like two separate mouths.

“When it bit, it felt like I had a nice fish on,” said Geddes. “I actually commented, ‘I hope it’s as big as it feels’. When we got it in the boat I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Two mouths! And yet this fish was healthy and thriving! Pretty amazing! We quickly took a few pictures and released the fish.”

Photographs of the unusual catch later went viral, leading to a great deal of speculation over the nature of the fish on social media.

Some have speculated that the fish could be a mutant that was born with two mouths, while others subscribe to the theory that the second ‘mouth’ developed due to an injury the fish sustained.

“I just can’t believe all the attention this has received,” said Geddes.

“The public’s responses and theories are quite interesting. I personally believe it was caused by a previous injury, most likely from another angler.”

Source: Independent

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Too much karaoke gives man a collapsed lung

Image Credit: PD – Kane Reinholdtsen

Too much karaoke can be bad for your health. 

A man in China recently ended up in hospital after an evening of belting out songs caused his lung to collapse.

For most of us, the ordeal of singing pop songs in front of an audience is punishment enough, but for one man in China recently, singing karaoke almost had fatal consequences.

The 65-year-old, who has been identified only as Wang, sang at such intensity and for so long that he started to experience difficulty breathing as well as pains in his chest.

When he visited a hospital the next day, doctors discovered that his lung had literally collapsed “because of the high lung pressure caused by singing high notes.”

The condition, which is known as pneumothorax, happens when air is rerouted into the area between the lung and the chest wall, putting pressure on the lung and causing it to collapse.

It is believed however that Wang must have had a pre-existing condition beforehand.

“Typically, a collapsed lung requires some degree of architectural abnormalities within the lung,” said Dr. Enid Neptune at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. “An absolutely, totally normal lung usually doesn’t suffer spontaneous pneumothorax in the absence of trauma.”

Source: Live Science

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Creepy Dolls Mysteriously Appearing in Missouri are Unexplained and Spreading

“All the dolls look similar. They are very realistic. People living in the community said it is not only the dolls that are creepy but where they are placed that is strange.”

The crime reports out of Festus – a small town on the eastern border of central Missouri – usually look like those of any other small municipality … DUIs, break-ins, noise complaints, etc. Residents may be referring to those as “the good old days” now that the city is in the throws of a mysterious epidemic of creepy dolls appearing in odd places that is keeping people and their kids indoors and the police on alert.

“When we found this one, it was laying in front of our building. We picked it up and it was the doll, they’ve been hanging on top of stop signs, laying in front of the license office.”

On a stop sign? That IS creepy.

The worried residents of Festus told local media they‘re finding the dolls on the ground, on the tops of road sign, hanging from light poles, leaning up against a building and other strange spots. The locations aren’t the only creepy part – the dolls are sometimes carefully placed to appear to be small children – sitting, leaning against a wall, on the ground as if they fell, etc. (Video here and photo here.) That causes concerned witnesses to stop and see what’s going on, says police chief Tim Lewis.

“If you were to see it from behind it looks like a little girl. If you’re out and about and you see that, it looks like a little girl crying, against a pole and someone is going to stop,” he said. “In this town, people are good-hearted. People are going to stop to make sure that’s not a child. They are going to get hit or they are going to get run over and then you’re dealing with a catastrophe.”

It’s bad enough when they realize they stopped for a doll. What’s worse is when they flip it over and find the doll has no face. Some have no heads at all. The doll leaning against the building had its hands sewn to its face. Many of the dolls appear at busy intersections, causing traffic jams. Others are in remote locations. No matter where they are, no one has seen (or admitted to seeing) who puts them out. Some have quickly disappeared and no one seems to have seen that either. Chief Lewis suspects the culprit or culprits are hiding, watching the commotion and laughing. While the number incidents have gone down, local station KSDK reports that at least one creepy doll has appeared in nearby Crystal City.

“Dolls are just creepy in general to me. I don’t like them.”

What about puppets?

Resident Logan Galczynski probably speaks for many people who feel the same way about life-sized dolls as they do about clowns. Some think it’s linked to the new Annabelle movie, but it could be something more sinister, like the so-called voodoo dolls found last year all over the Russian town of Zavetny. Those were the size of adult store mannequins but dressed like school girls. The voodoo part comes from the dolls being pierced by needles, some threaded. That thread finally help investigators determine that the dolls were once used in puppet theater, then donated to a museum, threw them out (too creepy?) but they were found and given to a school, which also threw them out (definitely too creepy for school) but someone found them in the trash and began placing them around town. That culprit was never caught.

Are the residents of Festus and now Crystal City doomed to deal with the dolls forever? Will they desert their towns, leaving them to the dolls like the island of haunted dolls in Mexico known as La Isla de las Munecas? Perhaps Logan Galczynski is right.

“Dolls are just creepy in general to me. I don’t like them.”

Source: Mysterious Universe

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