Fish Don’t Kill People, Air-To-Air Missiles Do

A commercial fishermen  in the Gulf of Mexico last month ensnared a 8ft long missile in his longline.  The missile contained a hole leading the fishermen to assume it was previously detonated.  Wanting to keep the missile as a souvenir, he tied it to the top of his boat where it rested for the remainder of 14 day fishing trip.  Ashore several days later, emergency officials determined that the missile was actually live.  A bomb squad from MacDill Air Force Base was summoned to the marina

The fishermen is on record as stating, “If it was going to explode, it was going to explode a long time ago”.

Let jokes ensue.

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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