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Fish can breathe under water. They’re great swimmers. But they’re not really known for their singing.

But they do sing – kind of. And now scientists on the Texas Gulf Coast are hoping that fact can help sustain their populations.

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Did you know starfish are in serious trouble? A bug that’s apparently been dormant for 70 years woke up recently and melted millions of starfish – also known as sea stars – into piles of goo. Lauren Fuess is a UT-Arlington doctoral student who led a study on what’s called sea star wasting disease.

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The Food and Drug Administration is issuing new recommendations about pregnant women and fish: Eat more of it. Most types are fine, save for a few. 

In this edition of Vital Signs, Dr. Sheri Puffer, an OB-GYN at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, says the new recommendations eliminate a source of concern for pregnant women.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Matthew McConaughey is a “resident philosopher;” BuzzFeed profiles Dale Hansen; how did a little-known candidate make it into a runoff, and more.

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Deep beneath the surface of Texas' only naturally formed lake there used to swim a massive, open-mouthed dinosaur-era fish with a long snout and prized caviar. Now, decades after the paddlefish was almost completely wiped out, it's coming back to Caddo Lake in East Texas.

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The destructive zebra mussels continue their north Texas invasion. They’ve just been confirmed in Wise County’s Lake Bridgeport, which is owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Two Fort Worth fishermen have launched a new legend: the Lake Worth monster.

This morning, Tim McKneely and Mark Alexander reeled in a really big catfish. They knew they had a record-breaker on the line and contacted the nearby Fish and Wildlife office.

Officials came out and measured the "blue catfish". It weighed 72 pounds, was four feet long, and 35 inches "around."

After measurements and a quick photo, the "Lake Worth monster" was released to fight another day.

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