Police In Wareham, Massachusetts Beg Residents to Stop Calling In About a Sunfish

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K Schneider, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0

If you spot a large, awkward-looking fish floundering off the coast of Wareham, Massachusetts, don't call 911. That's the plea the Wareham Department of Nature Resources made to its Facebook followers on Monday, October 12. "We are aware of a sunfish in Broad Cove. We have checked on it, and it is doing normal sunfish activities," the post reads. "It's swimming. It is not stranded or suffering. The sunfish is FINE."

As The New York Times reports, calls about the sunfish began pouring in early Monday morning. The sea creature had found its way into a cove off Buzzards Bay, where it alarmed local residents, but the reasons for their reports varied. The fish has a large dorsal fin, so some people thought they were seeing a shark dangerously close to shore. Others thought it was a hurt seal based on its strange movements.

People more familiar with the sunfish wouldn't have been surprised by its odd appearance and behavior. The animal is the largest bony fish in the ocean, measuring 10 feet long and weighing 2200 pounds on average. It's named after its tendency to sunbathe by swimming on its side near the water's surface. What looks like bad swimming or even a sign of injury to onlookers is actually how the fish likes to spend up to half its day.

Following calls related to a strange animal near Buzzards Bay, Wareham's Department of Natural Resources sent two officers to check it out. They determined that the sunfish wasn't hurt of stranded, and after its dramatic visit, the fish had vacated the area by the next day.

Whether you spot it from the shore or your boat, seeing a sunfish is rarely a reason to contact law enforcement. Despite their size, the fish aren't dangerous: Their most aggressive behavior is spitting up seawater.

[h/t The New York Times]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Treat Your Feline This Holiday Season With Fancy Feast’s Cat Food Advent Calendar

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Fancy Feast/Chewy

In anticipation of the holiday season, many children and adults get to unwrap mini presents each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas day, during what's known as Advent. Though Advent itself dates back to the 4th century, the version we know today, complete with the chocolate-filled calendars, was popularized in the early 1900s. And apparently it's no longer just for humans, because Fancy Feast is letting your feline roommate in on the fun with this unique cat food Advent calendar, now available at Chewy for $23.

For the 24 days leading up to Christmas, your cat will get to enjoy a variety of different wet foods, including favorites like grilled salmon, chicken, and more. There is even a unique ornament included with each calendar featuring a cat in the shape of a heart that can go right onto your tree. (Also, don't be surprised to find your actual cat making its way into the middle of your tree; they're known climbers.)

Now while you enjoy your Advent calendars from brands like LEGO, Funko, and more, your cat will be able to join in on the fun as well. To learn more about Fancy Feast's Feastivites Advent Calendar, head on over to Chewy.

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