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            [post_content] => People of the Grenadine island of Carriacou have been disturbed by an "alien-looking" creature that is likened to "something out of a sci-fi horror film". Some fishermen were given quite a fright when they came across the strange-looking specimen that was caught in the port of Windward.

According to reports, the foot-long fish had humanoid "feet" complete with toes for allowing it to walk across the ocean floor, a "perfect human nose", wings and scales. The disbelieving fishermen were stumped by the apparent hybrid, whether fish or fowl.

One islander said “Everyone crowded round to look – nobody had ever seen anything like it.

“Quite a few people were pretty scared and thought it looked like something out of a sci-fi horror film.”

Veteran fisherman, 74-year-old Hope McLawrence, who found himself in contact with the "alien"creature when he hauled in his nets, expressed that he was bewildered. He explained that the foot-long beast had two feet with toes, no fin, a long bone on its back and “a perfect human nose immediately above its mouth.”

“I have never discovered anything like this before. The wings and tail look extremely complicated,” he added.

As a fisherman that had fifty years' experience in the industry, McLawrence speculated that: “By the look of the creature it cannot swim but apparently walks on the sea bed."

“This has shocked me to a considerable extent since I never thought that a creature like this even existed, much less in the harbour of these shallow, friendly waters. This is like a mystery and breathes a chill with this discovery,” he indicated.

The confounding creature is however believed to be a frogfish. It is an ambush predator that can eat almost anything that will fit into its mouth, which can expand to 12 times its normal size to accommodate prey such as fish, crabs and shrimp, as well as other frogfish. As atype of angler fish, the frogfish are masters of disguise and have a textured exterior that aids in their camouflage. They vary in colour and often have unique spines or bumps that change with their surroundings. The explanation behind why they have not been spotted by Carriacou fishermen before lies in the fact that they have an amazing ability to camouflage themselves for protection from predators. Unlike the Carriacou discovery, however, frogfish do not have scales.

According to the Carria, frogfish lack a swim bladder and use their modified pectoral fins to walk or run across the seafloor. They can be found in tropical and subtropical oceans and seas off the coasts of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia.
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Fishermen In Carriacou Bewildered By Walking Fish With Human Features Caught At Sea

February 5, 2016
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People of the Grenadine island of Carriacou have been disturbed by an "alien-looking" creature that is likened to "something out of a sci-fi horror film". Some fishermen were given...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => In a quest to join the campaign to fight the Zika virus, the Jamaica Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has announced that her government will inject an additional J$200 million (US$1.6 million) into the cause. She said that the battle which should involve all Jamaicans should not be take for a partisan engagement.

While Simpson Miller said this should not cause alarm, the Ministry of Health has confirmed one case of the Zika virus in Jamaica.

"It must instill greater urgency to do all we can to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. I am deeply concerned about this threat to public health. Every one of us has a duty to destroy mosquito breeding sites," she said in a broadcast address on Tuesday night. "This is a moment for a national response with individual and collective action. This is an occasion when we must demonstrate the strength of true community spirit. We all have to pull together. There can be no political lines drawn where Zika is concerned. Let us remember that prevention is important for all of us."

Simpson Miller said that the Ministry of Health has been working to ensure an effective response alongside the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization and the Caribbean Public Health Agency.

"Additional financial and human resources have been provided to the Ministry of Health and other Government entities, so that they can be more effective in their actions . . . At the same time a major cleanup campaign will be undertaken by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing under the JEEP Programme, with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund," she said. "I have also instructed the Minister of Health to increase preparations across the island and to engage all sectors in a local and national response."

The prime minister also shared that the Ministry of Health is advising women to delay getting pregnant for the next six to 12 months give the associated health risks for pregnant women and their unborn children.

"Of course, ladies, this is your personal choice,” she quickly added.

She said that the National Family Planning Board has increased its public information and other interventions. This will assist Jamaicans with family planning options free of cost.
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Jamaica PM Adds J$200M To Campaign Aimed At Fighting Zika Virus

February 4, 2016
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In a quest to join the campaign to fight the Zika virus, the Jamaica Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has announced that her government will inject an additional J$200 millio...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Earlier yesterday, many residents of Martinique, St. Lucia and Dominica poured out reports that they had felt the tremor from a pre-dawn earthquake. At around 3:18 a.m., the 4.9 magnitude tremor occurred 80 km northeast of Fort-de-France, Martinique; 109 km east southeast of Roseau, Dominica; and 120 km northeast of Castries, St. Lucia, as shared by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center.

The depth of the early morning quake was recorded to have struck 18 km. Reports from residents share that the tremor was so strong that objects in their homes shook.

The latest tremor came two days after a 4.8 magnitude earthquake rattled Guadeloupe and some neighboring islands. There were no reports of damage or injuries in either seismic event.
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February 3, 2016
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Earlier yesterday, many residents of Martinique, St. Lucia and Dominica poured out reports that they had felt the tremor from a pre-dawn earthquake. At around 3:18 a.m., the 4.9 ma...Continue reading