Who says there's nothing new under the sun? It's certainly not true under the surface of the water. Case in point these items, from the sublime to the absurd to the just-plain silly:
-- University of Rhode Island researchers have created a genetically engineered farmed trout with a body that looks more like Arnold Schwarzenegger than Uma Thurman. With six-pack abs and a muscular hump, it's supposed to help aquaculture producers, since these meatier fish convert food into muscle more efficiently. Sort of like the super-salmon that other researchers are engineering. On looks alone, my reaction: Eeewwww!
-- On South Georgia Island near Antarctica, Andrew Evans reported for National Geographic Traveler that he encountered an all-black king penguin. And he has the pictures to prove it! It's a rare, but not unique, case of an animal producing excess melanin that colors its skin -- or in this case, feathers -- dark black.
-- Finally, if you've always thought that pet goldfish were bubbleheads without a dime's worth of intelligence -- think again! They're quite adept at learning complex behaviors, up to and including synchronized swimming.