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The Daily Catch - published on 08/18/16

We went out before the sun rose, but our nets only caught goldfish… Looks like this infestation is getting out of hand:

People tossed a few pet goldfish into a lake, and now they’re taking over the ecosystem and growing to massive sizes – (businessinsider.com)

If you’ve ever gotten tired of your goldfish and set it free in a lake or river, you may have helped cause a massive infestation of goldfish that could potentially ruin an ecosystem:

The seemingly innocent little creatures are wreaking havoc on ecosystems around the globe. Last April, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials faced an infestation of 4,000 goldfish in a lake in Boulder County a few years after someone was believed to have dumped a handful of pet goldfish into a nearby lake. In 2013, wildlife officials in California reported that the fish had begun taking over Lake Tahoe, likely after pet owners had tossed them there. And for the past 12 years, goldfish populations have been surging in the Vasse River in southwest Australia, where researchers say the public’s well-intentioned disposal practice is a big part of the problem.

Fan-Made Animated ‘Firefly’ Series Trailer Teases Adventures We May Never See – (collider.com)

Browncoats assemble! If you’re a fan of the short-lived TV series Firefly, then you have new reason to become excited. A fan-made animated production is in the works… and has been for 2 years, but the trailer is out now:

It’s been over 13 years since Joss Whedon’s Firefly series wrapped up its first and only season, more than a decade since his movie adaptation Serenity debuted in theaters, and it’s been about two years in the making for artist Stephen Byrne’s fan-made The Animated Adventures of Firefly series trailer to come to life. And yet the fandom for this fantastic franchise and its wonderful mythology remains strong still today. It’s a testament to the strength of the fans–known as Browncoats–that new content emerges on nearly a daily basis. Today is a particularly special day because Byrne’s long-awaited trailer for The Animated Adventures of Firefly is finally here! This one was brought to our attention by Nerd Approved, who has been following the progress since the debut of a two-second GIF announcing the project, which caught some traction thanks to reddit.

At ancient Syria site, IS discovers then destroys treasures – (artdaily.com)

Isis is at it again, finding priceless pieces of history and destroying them… because, you know… everything that came before them was wrong or whatever… Creeps:

Perched on a large hill around 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Iraqi border, the site is now a vision of desolation, riven with long tunnels. Fragments of broken artifacts are strewn throughout and large holes dug by looters pockmark the ground. The Assyrian empire, with its capital in Nineveh in modern-day Iraq, flourished in the first millennium BC. It produced celebrated artifacts, particularly bas-reliefs often depicting scenes of war. “Tal Ajaja, or ancient Shadikanni, was one of the main cities of Assyria,” said Cheikhmous Ali of the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archeology. Most of the known treasures of Tal Ajaja, discovered in the 19th century, had long been removed and placed in museums in Syria or abroad. But the jihadists, as well as local looters, dug up artifacts that archeologists had not yet uncovered, destroying or trafficking priceless pieces. “They found items that were still buried, statues, columns. We’ve lost many things,” lamented Maamoun Abdulkarim, head of Syria’s antiquities department.
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