Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Zealand's Next Top Fish

The National government's recession spending cuts have given public research organisation Niwa a chance to reconsider their scientific priorities - or, at least, that's the impression I got from this piece on A5:

"Deep sea fish take ugliness to new level, says Niwa"

"says Niwa"

Actual quote from Niwa in the article:

Niwa fisheries scientist Peter McMillan said the discoveries revealed how little we knew about the ocean's riches - less than 0.002 per cent of the deep sea environment has been sampled.

"The deeper we go, the less we know. Our knowledge of fishes decreases with increasing depth."

Quotes from or attributions to Niwa about how ugly/monstrous/gross/icky the fish are: 0


  1. They don't need to justify this claim, it's common knowledge, just like the fact that women have smaller brains than men, and that black people like fried chicken. Sorry, LOVE fried chicken.

    I don't trust this NIWA guy anyway, as he's unnecessarily pluralised the word fish.

  2. I'm surprised those fish grow larger than nuclear submarines as well.

  3. "I'm surprised those fish grow larger than nuclear submarines as well."

    Presumably that's down to their steady diet of motorboat-sized megasnapper.

  4. I got really confused by this: why did they put the Sky Tower at the bottom of the sea? And do they realise the fishing boat on the surface is like 200m long?

  5. as he's unnecessarily pluralised the word fish.

    That's because he's talking about fish of multiple species.

  6. Dance ti' thy daddy, sing ti' thy mammy,
    Dance ti' thy daddy, ti' thy mammy sing;
    Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
    Thou shall hev a haddock when the boat comes in.