In Brief

Crimson Tide As if more than 200 species of jellyfish weren't enough, scientists have discovered a new variety in the cold, dark waters of the Pacific Ocean. They nicknamed the sea blob "Big Red" because of its thick red bell and pudgy arms. Its official name, Tiburonia granrojo, comes from the scientist's research vessel, Tiburon, and the Spanish words for big red.

Stocks Flounder A 10-year global study suggests that industrial fishing has caused a 90 percent depletion of large fish stocks, which include swordfish, marlin, and tuna-yikes. Yet some scientists point out that stricter codes of conduct, such as licensing, quotas, and net and line limits, have ended most abusive fishing practices. To reverse the decline, however, these researchers claim that industrial fisherman must reduce fishing by 60 percent.

Brain Food To win a belly flop contest, UC Santa Barbara junior Kevin Sanderson decided that he and three of his fellow fraternity brothers would hit each other on the head with a dead catfish after they flopped into the pool. Unfortunately, he didn't know that catfish have sharp spines on their pectoral and dorsal fins and Sanderson ended up with a fish stuck to his face. The troubling part? He'll soon be a college graduate.

Fined Fibbin' If you stretch the truth about the size of your catches, stay away from Mount Sterling, Iowa. According to The New York Times, the mayor of this small town (population: 44) proposed a fine on anyone who spins a fish yarn. He's looking for funds to pave the town's streets and plans to focus on visiting fishermen. At press time, the city council was split on the proposal.

Wanted: Live Eel Authorities are allowing a family in Germany to keep their pet eel, Aalfred, in their bathtub, where he has lived peacefully for 33 years-until environmentalists found out and caused a ruckus. The father had caught Aalfred for supper, but his children refused to eat him. Aalfred can continue to live in the tub, as long as a pipe is added. But when someone wants to bathe, he's put in a bucket. Read last month's NewsBriefs here