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Spanish Matador gored to death in bullfight

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A Spanish matador has become the first to die in the ring in three decades, after being gored in front of horrified spectators during a corrida in the eastern town of Teruel.

Victor Barrio, 29, died Saturday night of wounds to the chest in the wake of being struck by the horn of a bull weighing more than 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) and hurled into the air.

Other matadors rushed to the rescue, helping to distract the bull and lure him away while Barrio lay bleeding in the sand. Barrio, who made his corrida debut in 2008 and toured rings all over the country, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death is the first of a matador in the ring since 1985.

Elsewhere in the country, another two men were gored by the animals at the world-famous festival in the town of Pamplona.

The San Fermin festival, in which bulls chase red-scarved runners through Pamplona’s cobbled streets during nine days of events, attracts thousands of revellers from Spain and overseas.

In Saturday’s run there, a 33-year-old Japanese man was gored in the chest and a 24-year-old Spanish man in the arm, while 12 others suffered minor injuries, the local government said on its website.

The Japanese man was in a stable condition in hospital, a spokesman for the festival said.

The four-minute run in Pamplona featured six bulls from the Jose Escolar ranch, one of which separated from the rest and caused panic among the runners.

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Over 70% of deep-sea fish of Atlantic Ocean have ingested plastic : Study

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Fragments of plastic are found throughout the world, from nearly every continent to nearly every body of water. But, researchers recently have found 73 percent of Northwest Atlantic deep-sea fish are also eating it — the highest reported frequency of plastic-eating fish in the world.

Plastic particles were found in some of the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean with almost three quarters of a sample of more than 230 deep-water fish collected by NUI Galway scientists having ingested plastic particles.

The contamination level among the fish species, located in the northwest Atlantic thousands of kilometres from land and 600m down in the ocean, is one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish worldwide, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The NUIG scientists, as part of the study, participated in a transatlantic crossing onboard the marine institute’s Celtic Explorer vessel.

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PhD candidate and lead author Alina Wieczorek said, “Deep-water fish migrate to the surface at night to feed on plankton [microscopic animals] and this is likely when they are exposed to the microplastics.”

During this research cruise they took dead deep-sea fish from midwater trawls such as the spotted lanternfish, rakery beaconlamp, stout saw-palate and scaly dragonfish.

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items entering the ocean. Other sources may be waste water effluents carrying plastic fibres from clothing and microbeads from personal care products. Due to their low density, most of these microplastics float at the sea surface.

The fish ranged in size from the smallest species the Glacier Lantern at 3.5cm to the largest species, the stout saw-palate at 59cm.

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