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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    I must admit that this one amused me, the headline is “Restored Spitfire pilots return after record breaking trip”. How the pilots have been restored is not made clear.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-eng...the-world-trip

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    One only hopes it can be bottled.
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    Plastic pollution has killed half a million hermit crabs, study says


    On Frinton beach-front? Along the whole of the Sussex coastline? Worldwide?

    Daily? Annually? Since the first plastics product was thrown into the ocean? Nowhere in the article is there a hint of a time-frame which means we're looking at anything between 10 and 200,000 kilos of crab a day. Frinton beach-front might sustain the former figure but it would lose its tourist credentials if it had the latter.

    This is just careless BBC reporting.

    Half a million hermit crabs weigh, on a rough but informed estimate, the same as one month's commercial crab catch in Cornwall alone. What exactly are we meant to be deploring here.

    It gets worse - the researchers "extrapolated their findings to estimate totals for the islands". Why just for the islands? Why not for the entire ocean. The world. The solar system. The half a million hermit crabs turn out to be what we in the trade call a guess as opposed to a census. A class from Year 4 Primary could have written up as good a report as this from a half day on a local beach.

    Ecological catastrophe stories are clearly the in thing.
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    This is just getting ridiculous. This is science illiteracy on a deliberately incendiary News-of-the-World scale. This is tabloid tripe.

    Oceans running out of oxygen say scientists

    A warmer world means oceans are able to hold less dissolved oxygen, which is bad news for many fish.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50690995
    What unadulterated garbage.

    There are oxygen-depleted areas in the oceans - the Baltic is the immediate example - and always have been. Oxygen dissolved in sea-water varies enormously on depth, water mixing and biological activity. It also varies predictably on temperature. The first range gives a ten-fold variation, the second gives huge variation on depth as there are temperature and salinity walls as you get deeper - thermoclines. A 2% decline by 2100 may possibly refer to a specific surface layer, it quite obviously doesn't apply to "the oceans" and even if it did it's well within the tolerances fish cope with on a daily variability basis.

    https://www.fondriest.com/environmen...solved-oxygen/ is a magnificent resource. The BBC news website article is just embarrassing.
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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    I will ask this more in despair than anything else.

    What on earth is the Guardian thinking here:

    Eagle v octopus: Canadians rescue bird locked in battle with giant mollusc

    Employees at a fish farm in Vancouver Island intervened when an eagle tried to eat a large octopus, resulting in a battle

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-giant-mollusc
    Mollusc?

    They could just as appropriately say the eagle was fighting a banana.
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    I will ask this more in despair than anything else.

    What on earth is the Guardian thinking here:



    Mollusc?

    The could just as appropriately say the eagle was attacked by a banana.
    Not sure I understand your issue, here.
    Octopus is members of the Mollusc Phyllum.
    Though referring to the critter as a Mollusc is not unlike referring to a human as a Chordate, or a Vertebrate.
    Banana, on the other hand, would be a bit of a reach.

    Besides, the Eagle apparently was the attacker.
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    Anyone who worked round Whitechapel remembers Tubby Isaacs' mollusc stall and he wasn't selling octopuses, he was selling clams, oysters, cockles, mussels, scallops and whelks alive-alive-o, quite probably between two slices of bread.
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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Anyone who worked round Whitechapel remembers Tubby Isaacs' mollusc stall and he wasn't selling octopuses, he was selling clams, oysters, cockles, mussels, scallops and whelks alive-alive-o, quite probably between two slices of bread.
    Hope he removed the shells before applying the bread

    However, not all Mollusks have shells
    Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris)
    Scientific classification
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Mollusca
    Class: Cephalopoda
    Subclass: Coleoidea (unranked):
    Neocoleoidea Superorder: Octopodiformes
    Order: Octopoda
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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Anyone who worked round Whitechapel remembers Tubby Isaacs' mollusc stall and he wasn't selling octopuses, he was selling clams, oysters, cockles, mussels, scallops and whelks alive-alive-o, quite probably between two slices of bread.
    You forgot the jellied eels, they were his main stock in trade - I wasn’t keen

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    You forgot the jellied eels, they were his main stock in trade - I wasn’t keen
    I got talked into trying that when I was over there.
    Not on my list of repeats.
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