10 September 2013

ANU researches are building elaborate fish torture chambers

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Sandra Binning and Dominique Roche are building fish gyms to see if humans are the only species stupid enough to buy into that CrossFit nonsense.

That’s not actually why they are doing this.

The husband and wife duo, from the Research School of Biology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, work on exercise physiology in coral reef fish.

It is predicted that climate change will alter wave action on coral reefs to be much more turbulent and, and as a result, fish will need more power, agility and cardiovascular fitness to survive.

After collecting fish (their study species is Acanthochromis polyacanthus) from the wild and bringing them into the lab, Binning and Roche expose them to the wavy, turbulent sea conditions predicted of the future to judge whether they will be able to adapt.

Not only are they ‘training up’ fish that come from areas that don’t get a lot of wave exposure to see if they can become better athletes, they also look at fish who come from habitats with a lot of current and wave exposure to see if they essentially become ‘couch potatoes’ when placed in an environment that doesn’t require them to swim on a regular basis.

The results may help determine if these fish are destined to survive in a climate that is predicted to deliver more intense, frequent storms.


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wildturkeycanoe7:49 pm 10 Sep 13

Aim: To see if fish can adapt to change
Method: Take live fish specimens through various conditions and observe impact on fish health.
Process: I took fish from my pond in the front yard, which had survived the winter climate with little water movement, dumped them into a tank in the patio. This tank had a water a temperature up to 10 degrees higher and a strong current due to my new filter pump. The fish survived fantastically. Now that I’ve turned it into a tropical setup, I scooped them into a small tank and donated them to my neighbor across the road. It was tap water. They have now survived many days and are as healthy as ever.
Conclusion: Fish can adapt to changes in their environment, with no adverse reactions.

There, I’ve done it and at much less cost. Do I get a degree or something? How about one of those Nobel prizes? Honestly, it isn’t rocket science but some people have to waste our tax money on costly, elaborate things in the name of global warming. No wonder the new government wants to slash money from education. This, and the rotting carcass artwork.

sounds there is an actual date for climate change to start. Hope it’s not on a Friday.

Well that was disappointing

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