Dot Compensate. The Internet domain name fish.com was sold for $1 million by an undisclosed private party, which hosts other animal-specific sites such as dog.com. The new site will contain supplies, information, forums, and news.
Gender Bender. Sunscreen residue is sexually altering male fish. A new study suggests that oxybenzone, a chemical used to protect skin from ultraviolet light, also mimics the properties of estrogen and has settled on the ocean floor where it’s consumed by bottom-dwelling fish.
Blowboat Ban. In a brief moment of common sense in government thinking, the Monroe County Commission proposed a ban on sailbotes from anchoring in the vicinity of power lines in Pine Channel in South Florida. Masts blown by storms have crashed into high-voltage power lines, causing hours of blackouts and safety concerns.
Gone Missing. If after all our advice about maintaining onboard electronics you still go out without the proper equipment, let this story serve as another warning. After an argument with his wife, a jilted husband fled in his half-finished boat, bringing with him a crate of beer and not much else. As fate would have it, the engines broke down, and he drifted for two days until he was rescued.
Lost and Found. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has created www.wlf.state.la.us/boatlookup/boatlookup1.asp where boaters can search for boats lost during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Report a missing boat by calling 225/765-2898. Apparently, nearly 50,000 boats were displaced during the storms.
Catch o’ the Year. An Alaskan fisherman has captured the heart of Christina Applegate, who is best known for her role as Al Bundy’s slutty daughter. Maybe we’ll finally get an answer to the question: How much of her Married with Children character was based on real life? Our reporters are on the story.
Captain Jack Sparrow. Presents Actors Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet are set to narrate the IMAX film Deep Sea 3D, which will bring audiences up close with some of the underwater world’s most unique and dangerous creatures. Look for it in select IMAX 3D, IMAX Dome, and IMAX Theatres beginning this month.
Factor in Fear. A Sea-Doo Speedster 200 made an appearance in a December 2005 episode of Fear Factor in a daredevil stunt where a helicopter lifted the boat out of the water while challengers climbed underneath to grab a flag and stop the clock. Sea-Doo says its television appearance showcases the fun boaters have on the water, yet we can’t remember a time when a boat being airlifted sent joy through our hearts. Sea-Doo’s new 3D DI will appear this month in another episode of the show, this one called “The Heist.”