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Back from the dead?

Recently an article was in the Brisbane Courier Mail, detailing an amazing (?) story about Herbert whom it seems is one lucky fish.

The story goes something like this; Mike Reeves, an angler, caught the 500 gram Turbot near Christchurch, England. He put the feisty fish in a plastic bag, wrapped him up and soon the poor bugger was in the fridge. The next day Mr Reeves took the fish out of the fridge and got ready to cook him up with some chips (of course) but got a mighty surprise when he discovered the fish was still flapping and gills pumping quickly.

"I couldn't believe it, normally fish die within the first hour when they have been out of the water." Mr Reeves said with astonishment.

"Because it was still clearly alive, I didn't have the heart to eat it." Lucky for his new mate Herbert!

However, the fish still had a fight on his hands yet. Mr Reeves, deciding the fish had earnt his right to survive quickly put it in a sink of cool, fresh tap water. Pitty Herbert is a salt water fish.

Yet once again Herbert proved he loved life far too much to surrender just yet and survived.

Mr Reeves called Blue Reef Aquarium to tell his tale and someone was sent by immediately to pick up Herbert.

Herbert now resides and Blue Reef Aquarium, happily living out his well-earnt days with friend, Freddie. Freddie had been in a similarly amazing situation where he was found on a front lawn, flapping about.

Let's hope the two have a long and great life!

Information from the Courier Mail, Brisbane November 17, 2002.

Dye can find skin disease in fish.

This article was in the Charlotte Observer November 5, 2002.

RALEIGH - Researchers at N.C. State University have discovered that a fluorescent dye can be used to find skin diseases in fish.

The dye, fluorescein, can be used for many types of fish, including rainbow trout, catfish, goldfish and striped bass.

"Fluorescein has the potential to be an inexpensive, safe and highly sensitive way of detecting skin damage in fish," said Ed Noga, a professor at N.C. State's College of Veterinary Medicine. "Skin infections are the most common maladies affecting both cultured and wild fish."

Pareeya Udomkusonri, a graduate student in veterinary medicine at N.C. State, also helped conduct the study that will appear in the November issue of Veterinary Pathology.

Fluorescein is already commonly used to detect eye lesions in humans and animals.

Earlier detection will help prevent outbreaks in high-density catfish farms and other aquaculture sites.

Taken directly from The Charlotte Observer, November 5, 2002. Url: