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Tilapia Siamese Twins

October 10, 2008

In Bangkok, Thailand, an unusual conjoined tilapia fish pair, dubbed as “Siamese twins” swim in an aquarium. The two are connected with a small piece of scaly tissue on the ventral part of their bodies. Eight months old as of October 3, 2008, the larger fish is said to protect the smaller one from harm. They are reminiscent of the famous human conjoined twins, the original “Siamese Twins” Chang and Eng.

The Original Siamese Twins Chang and Eng Bunker

It is from Siam (Thailand) that the most famous conjoined human twins came from. Born on May 11, 1817, Eng and Chang were born in Thailand with a flap of skin and cartilage which connected the lower part of their sternum. They were discovered by Scottish merchant Robert Hunter who brought them in 1829 to Boston and started a successful tour in the United States and elsewhere in the world until they tied up with PT Barnum circus.

Ten years after, they stopped their exhibition tours and settled, choosing to live in North Carolina as farmers. Electing US citizenship in 1939, but lacking last names, the twins were listed only as Chang and Eng, Siamese twins, prompting them to take the surname of Bunker.

The conjoined twins who attracted people of all walks of life to see them lived close to normal lives. They married sisters Sarah Ann and Adelaide Yates with whom they had several children. However in 1874, Chang contracted severe lung infection and passed away. His brother Eng also died soon after. Source: =0=

Thousands of bangus freed into the open sea: who’s responsible?

September 19, 2008

After at least 5 huge fish cages were slashed in Sual town in Pangasinan, Philippines setting free cultured fish into the sea, the prices of bangus dropped from P90-100 to P35. The criminal destruction of the cages each containing about 50,000-100,000 fish was reported by PCP Aqua Development Corp, the owner to the police.

The investigators at press-time don’t know who is responsible, but the incident raises questions on criminal liability. Selling “lost or stolen” property is a crime, but one wonders if the fish sold cheap in the market from the cages qualify as such. How can one identify the native fish caught legally in the open sea from the cultured ones set free from cages without resorting to DNA tests?

The law related to this issue needs rethinking. Are the fish owners protected from incidents like this? Pangasinan folks in the meantime enjoy catching and selling the fish to traders who take advantage of the temporary fish boom at a loss of fish-cage owners. =0=