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Sam Burgess’ ex-teammate the key witness in NSW Police probe

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A former teammate of Sam Burgess will be questioned by police over Zoom this week from the UK, as they probe what he knew of bombshell allegations levelled against the NRL legend.

Jason Clark, a former South Sydney Rabbitohs teammate of Burgess’, could be a key witness in the police investigation into accusation about the superstar forward’s marriage and supposed excessive partying ways.

Clark was the person Phoebe Burgess turned to during an incident at their home in 2018, The Australian reported last week.

He will this week be interviewed by NSW Police over Zoom, as he is currently playing in the English Super League.

Clark will also be interviewed by the NRL integrity unit who are also investigating Burgess and South Sydney.  

The rugby league veteran was reportedly a well-respected and much liked leader at South Sydney and will assist police in their enquiries, his manager Steve Gillis confirmed.

Jason Clark was reportedly called by Phoebe Burgess (pictured) when she needed help at home during an incident in 2019

Jason Clark was reportedly called by Phoebe Burgess (pictured) when she needed help at home during an incident in 2019

Sam Burgess' former NRL teammate will be a key witness in the investigations into bombshell allegations against him

Sam Burgess' former NRL teammate will be a key witness in the investigations into bombshell allegations against him

Sam Burgess’ (right) former NRL teammate will be a key witness in the investigations into bombshell allegations against him. Jason Clark was reportedly called by Phoebe Burgess (left) during an incident in 2019

Phoebe reportedly called Clark (pictured with his daughters) - a well respected South Sydney Rabbitohs veteran

Phoebe reportedly called Clark (pictured with his daughters) - a well respected South Sydney Rabbitohs veteran

Phoebe reportedly called Clark (pictured with his daughters) – a well respected South Sydney Rabbitohs veteran

NSW Police confirmed over the weekend they had launched Strike Force Irrabella to investigate allegations made in The Australian about Burgess and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The allegations related extensively to Burgess’ personal life and professional career. 

Burgess and his legal team have made it clear they vehemently deny all allegations.

Among the major allegations were claims of an incident at the Burgess mansion in Maroubra, in Sydney’s east, in 2018 where the father-of-two was behaving erratically.

Clark attended the couple’s house along with Burgess’ mother Julie. 

Evidence he gives to police will form a key part of the investigation into Burgess and South Sydney, as well as the team’s medical staff.

NSW Police detectives have reportedly already interviewed Phoebe and visited several key locations, including an underground carpark where Burgess allegedly received medical treatment.

A pharmacy linked to the club’s doctor Andrew McDonald has also reportedly been visited by police.  

Burgess has been holed up at his home in Coogee since the allegations were published.

He stood down from his off-field coaching role with the club and commentary role with Fox League has been left ‘devastated’ by the accusations against him, a close friend told The Daily Telegraph. 

‘He is angry and feels like he doesn’t have a voice,’ the friend said.  

A close friend told The Daily Telegraph that Burgess was particularly upset about the allegations regarding his marriage to ex-wife Phoebe Burgess (The former couple are pictured together at a David Jones event in Sydney on February 7, 2018)

A close friend told The Daily Telegraph that Burgess was particularly upset about the allegations regarding his marriage to ex-wife Phoebe Burgess (The former couple are pictured together at a David Jones event in Sydney on February 7, 2018)

A close friend told The Daily Telegraph that Burgess was particularly upset about the allegations regarding his marriage to ex-wife Phoebe Burgess (The former couple are pictured together at a David Jones event in Sydney on February 7, 2018)

The Burgess family gathered for crisis talks in Sydney over the weekend after bombshell allegations about Sam's marriage and wild lifestyle were published in a newspaper report (Burgess's mother Julie is pictured leaving the discussions in a grey hoodie, followed by Burgess' lawyer Bryan Wrench)

The Burgess family gathered for crisis talks in Sydney over the weekend after bombshell allegations about Sam's marriage and wild lifestyle were published in a newspaper report (Burgess's mother Julie is pictured leaving the discussions in a grey hoodie, followed by Burgess' lawyer Bryan Wrench)

The Burgess family gathered for crisis talks in Sydney over the weekend after bombshell allegations about Sam’s marriage and wild lifestyle were published in a newspaper report (Burgess’s mother Julie is pictured leaving the discussions in a grey hoodie, followed by Burgess’ lawyer Bryan Wrench)

The oldest of the four Burgess brothers Luke (pictured), met with the former NRL star at his apartment in Coogee, in the city's eastern suburbs, on Saturday

The oldest of the four Burgess brothers Luke (pictured), met with the former NRL star at his apartment in Coogee, in the city's eastern suburbs, on Saturday

The oldest of the four Burgess brothers Luke (pictured), met with the former NRL star at his apartment in Coogee, in the city’s eastern suburbs, on Saturday

‘[The allegations are] something that is abhorrent to him, which makes it all the more harder to stomach.’

In addition to the NSW Police probe, the NRL’s integrity unit has also commenced an investigation.

South Sydney Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly was spoke to league officials at length on Friday. 

Following the extensive allegations made by the Australian against several high-profile members of the club, Mr Solly said he knew nothing of them until being contacted by journalists. 

On Sunday morning, club coach Wayne Bennett also said he had only just become aware of the accusations.

‘I’ve been here since 2018 and I knew nothing about it until I’d been told in the last 24 hours,’ Bennett said.

‘I have never had a player or any staff member talk to me about it in any shape or form.

‘They are allegations. When we get all the facts together and see this at the end of the day, we will take another position on it and make another statement.’ 

Ms Burgess remains with her family in Bowral, caring for the two young children she shares with Burgess. 

Her manager Sharon Finnigan said: ‘Phoebe is trying to get by and manage and care for her two children… She is doing her best as a single mother.’ 

Burgess and Phoebe (pictured) together have two children, Poppy and Billy. They separated just weeks after Billy's birth

Burgess and Phoebe (pictured) together have two children, Poppy and Billy. They separated just weeks after Billy's birth

Burgess and Phoebe (pictured) together have two children, Poppy and Billy. They separated just weeks after Billy’s birth

The footballer's mother, who moved relocated to Australia to be with her English-born sons, wore a large grey hoodie over black leggings

The footballer's mother, who moved relocated to Australia to be with her English-born sons, wore a large grey hoodie over black leggings

The sighting comes as NSW Police proceed with their investigation into the allegations levelled at the father-of-two

The sighting comes as NSW Police proceed with their investigation into the allegations levelled at the father-of-two

The footballer’s mother, who moved relocated to Australia to be with her English-born sons, wore a large grey hoodie over black leggings

Meanwhile in Coogee, Burgess’ mother Julie and brother Luke met with the former NRL star on Saturday. 

They were joined by Bryan Wrench, a star criminal lawyer who is defending Burgess in current domestic violence and restraining order proceedings involving him and Phoebe’s father – Mitchell Hooke.

Police took out an apprehended violence order (AVO) against Burgess to protect Mr Hooke after an incident at the Hooke family’s sprawling property in Glenquarry, in the NSW Southern Highlands, on October 19.

Burgess was charged with domestic violence-related intimidation. He has pleaded not guilty. 

In the wake of the initial article on Friday, more bombshell claims about the English-born NRL star came to light.

They included Julie Burgess – known in rugby league circles as ‘Mrs B’ – being required to pull Sam and her oldest son Luke away from a swanky Sydney hotel where they were staying after a big night out.

Burgess and Luke had been partying at The Establishment, in Sydney’s CBD, on November 5, 2018, after a farewell BBQ for their then-Souths teammate Jason Clark.

The 31-year-old (pictured) stood down from his coaching role at the NRL club on Friday after serious allegations about his marriage and wild lifestyle were published by The Australian

The 31-year-old (pictured) stood down from his coaching role at the NRL club on Friday after serious allegations about his marriage and wild lifestyle were published by The Australian

The 31-year-old (pictured) stood down from his coaching role at the NRL club on Friday after serious allegations about his marriage and wild lifestyle were published by The Australian

Julie and Luke were joined by lawyer Bryan Wrench (pictured) to meet with the NRL star in Coogee for talks on Saturday

Julie and Luke were joined by lawyer Bryan Wrench (pictured) to meet with the NRL star in Coogee for talks on Saturday

Julie and Luke were joined by lawyer Bryan Wrench (pictured) to meet with the NRL star in Coogee for talks on Saturday

Julie and Luke walk with lawyer Bryan Wrench walk through a car park in Coogee in Sydney's eastern suburbs

Julie and Luke walk with lawyer Bryan Wrench walk through a car park in Coogee in Sydney's eastern suburbs

Julie and Luke walk with lawyer Bryan Wrench walk through a car park in Coogee in Sydney’s eastern suburbs

Burgess’ wife Phoebe was reportedly heavily pregnant and at home while her husband celebrated over the course of the day. 

According to the report, Phoebe called Mrs Burgess and asked her to retrieve her husband. 

Julie quizzed hotel staff for the number of her son’s hotel room and after close an hour trying was able to convince them to leave, the report claims.

‘Julie virtually had to drag Sam and Luke to her car by their ears, but somehow she got them out of that room and into her car,’ a source claimed. 

The Australian article – which first published extensive bombshell claims – included text messages Burgess’ ex-wife Phoebe allegedly sent to Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, who owns the NRL club, discussing a change in her then-husband’s demeanor.  

Staff members at South Sydney Rabbitohs have also been accused of ignoring Burgess’ alleged indiscretions. 

Sam Burgess' mum Julie (left) reportedly had to drag the NRL star home following one partying incident in Sydney's CBD in 2018

Sam Burgess' mum Julie (left) reportedly had to drag the NRL star home following one partying incident in Sydney's CBD in 2018

Sam Burgess’ mum Julie (left) reportedly had to drag the NRL star home following one partying incident in Sydney’s CBD in 2018

Serious allegations about Sam Burgess' marriage and wild lifestyle were published in a newspaper report. He is pictured with ex-wife Phoebe

Serious allegations about Sam Burgess' marriage and wild lifestyle were published in a newspaper report. He is pictured with ex-wife Phoebe

Serious allegations about Sam Burgess’ marriage and wild lifestyle were published in a newspaper report. He is pictured with ex-wife Phoebe  

Explosive claims about the 31-year-old former Rabbitohs player's wild lifestyle were published on Thursday by The Australian (The former NRL star is pictured in Mexico in October 2019)

Explosive claims about the 31-year-old former Rabbitohs player's wild lifestyle were published on Thursday by The Australian (The former NRL star is pictured in Mexico in October 2019)

Explosive claims about the 31-year-old former Rabbitohs player’s wild lifestyle were published on Thursday by The Australian (The former NRL star is pictured in Mexico in October 2019)

Burgess has strongly denied all allegations published in The Australian. 

‘The allegations are false and constitute an indefensible defamation against my client,’ Burgess’ media lawyer Mark O’Brien said.

The newspaper claims to have uncovered text messages between Phoebe and Crowe from November 2018.

‘I thought we had the world at our feet together,’ Phoebe allegedly wrote to the actor.

‘He might need a good friend because he is just not our Sam.’ 

The article also included text messages Burgess allegedly sent to Phoebe, after her initial conversation came to light.

‘Phoebe why did you message RC saying everything,’ Burgess allegedly wrote. ‘What are you trying to solve here?’ 

The investigation by the newspaper also claims to have uncovered text messages between Phoebe and Russell Crowe - who owns the NRL club

The investigation by the newspaper also claims to have uncovered text messages between Phoebe and Russell Crowe - who owns the NRL club

The investigation by the newspaper also claims to have uncovered text messages between Phoebe and Russell Crowe – who owns the NRL club

Burgess and Phoebe broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy. Their divorce after four years of marriage was finalised in April. They also have a daughter, Poppy

Burgess and Phoebe broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy. Their divorce after four years of marriage was finalised in April. They also have a daughter, Poppy

Burgess and Phoebe broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy. Their divorce after four years of marriage was finalised in April. They also have a daughter, Poppy

'I thought we had the world at our feet together,' Phoebe allegedly wrote to Russell Crowe about Sam Burgess

'I thought we had the world at our feet together,' Phoebe allegedly wrote to Russell Crowe about Sam Burgess

‘I thought we had the world at our feet together,’ Phoebe allegedly wrote to Russell Crowe about Sam Burgess

The article also included text messages Burgess allegedly sent to Phoebe, after her initial conversation with the Hollywood actor came to light

The article also included text messages Burgess allegedly sent to Phoebe, after her initial conversation with the Hollywood actor came to light

The article also included text messages Burgess allegedly sent to Phoebe, after her initial conversation with the Hollywood actor came to light

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said the league has launched an investigation into the claims but they will not take action based off allegations.

‘The action we have taken is to initiate the investigation,’ he said on Friday.

‘Because these are allegations, we don’t have the facts before us, we’re not going to be taking any further action until we have the information needed to do that.

‘However, I believe that Sam Burgess has stood himself down from South Sydney Rabbitohs duties this weekend.

‘And I also believe that he has stood down from Fox Sports as well.’ 

Mr Abdo said the claims against Burgess are ‘very serious allegations’. 

‘We will look to work with the club to find out what happened and to get to the bottom of the facts. 

‘We will also cooperate with the NSW Police, who have also begun an investigation into the matter.

In the wake of the allegations, the 31-year-old stood down from his roles as Rabbitohs coaching assistant and Fox Sports commentator. Burgess is pictured in August

In the wake of the allegations, the 31-year-old stood down from his roles as Rabbitohs coaching assistant and Fox Sports commentator. Burgess is pictured in August

In the wake of the allegations, the 31-year-old stood down from his roles as Rabbitohs coaching assistant and Fox Sports commentator. Burgess is pictured in August

The former NRL star is seen carrying a woman on his shoulders during a party in Mexico in 2019

The former NRL star is seen carrying a woman on his shoulders during a party in Mexico in 2019

The former NRL star is seen carrying a woman on his shoulders during a party in Mexico in 2019 

‘If these allegations are proven, we will take the strongest possible action that we can.’ 

Since his retirement in October 2019, Burgess has been a coach at former club South Sydney Rabbitohs

Since his retirement in October 2019, Burgess has been a coach at former club South Sydney Rabbitohs

Since his retirement in October 2019, Burgess has been a coach at former club South Sydney Rabbitohs

Burgess and Phoebe broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy. 

Their divorce after four years of marriage was finalised in April. 

They also have an older daughter, Poppy. 

Burgess was 21 years old when he joined the Rabbitohs in 2010. 

In two stints between 2008 and 2019 he played rugby league for England, including at the 2017 World Cup, and in 2007 represented Great Britain. 

Burgess was lured to rugby union in 2014 and joined Bath in England.

In 2015, he was whisked into Stuart Lancaster’s ill-fated World Cup squad just nine months after his union debut. England failed to get beyond the pool stage of their home tournament. 

After they crashed out, Burgess quit union and tore up his contract with Bath, returning to Australia and the NRL. 

He was medically retired last October after a spate of injuries, but stayed at the Rabbitohs where he has been working as a development coach with the squad.

Burgess will next face court in November over the domestic violence charges and AVO. 

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Jetstar breaks its silence on ‘oyster-gate’ and apologises to passengers left waiting on the plane

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Jetstar has hit back at a glamorous influencer who left passengers waiting on a plane while she finished her oyster dinner.

Ruby Tuesday Matthews, 27, was flying from Byron Bay to Sydney on Thursday at 5pm, but a technical issue caused the flight to be delayed. 

While the budget airline asked travellers to stay in the airport while waiting for an engineer, the model and a friend went to a cafe and feasted.

As they were not in the airport, they did not hear that the plane was ready to go and delayed the flight for a further 30 minutes. 

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Ruby Tuesday Matthews (pictured) was flying from Byron Bay to Sydney on Thursday at 5pm but a technical issue caused the flight to be delayed

Ruby Tuesday Matthews (pictured) was flying from Byron Bay to Sydney on Thursday at 5pm but a technical issue caused the flight to be delayed

Ruby Tuesday Matthews (pictured) was flying from Byron Bay to Sydney on Thursday at 5pm but a technical issue caused the flight to be delayed

The technical issues were fixed faster than expected and, had the model forfeited her seafood feast, the flight would have left at 6.30. Pictured: Matthews eating seafood on another occasion

The technical issues were fixed faster than expected and, had the model forfeited her seafood feast, the flight would have left at 6.30. Pictured: Matthews eating seafood on another occasion

The technical issues were fixed faster than expected and, had the model forfeited her seafood feast, the flight would have left at 6.30. Pictured: Matthews eating seafood on another occasion

The single mother-of-two slammed the airline for allowing other passengers to ‘bully’ her for the delay.

But Jetstar broke its silence on Tuesday and defended its response to the situation in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.

‘We apologise to customers for the delay to the service and thank them for their patience as our team worked to get the flight away as quickly as possible.’

‘We kept customers informed during this time, asking them not to leave the airport should the flight be able to get away ahead of the revised time.’ 

Jetstar also fired a shot at the influencer on its Instagram page with a post featuring travel blogger Sarah Davidson holding an oyster with a caption about flying to Tasmania.

Jetstar also fired a shot at the influencer on its Instagram page with a post featuring travel blogger Sarah Davidson holding an oyster with a caption about flying to Tasmania (pictured)

Jetstar also fired a shot at the influencer on its Instagram page with a post featuring travel blogger Sarah Davidson holding an oyster with a caption about flying to Tasmania (pictured)

Jetstar also fired a shot at the influencer on its Instagram page with a post featuring travel blogger Sarah Davidson holding an oyster with a caption about flying to Tasmania (pictured)

While most other travellers remained at the terminal and purchased food from the cafe at the airport, Matthews and her travel companion decided to leave the airport to grab a bite to eat instead

While most other travellers remained at the terminal and purchased food from the cafe at the airport, Matthews and her travel companion decided to leave the airport to grab a bite to eat instead

While most other travellers remained at the terminal and purchased food from the cafe at the airport, Matthews and her travel companion decided to leave the airport to grab a bite to eat instead

Matthews (pictured) blamed Jetstar for what had happened and told the other passengers to 'grow up'

Matthews (pictured) blamed Jetstar for what had happened and told the other passengers to 'grow up'

Matthews (pictured) blamed Jetstar for what had happened and told the other passengers to ‘grow up’

Ms Matthews claimed she did not hear the directive to stay inside the terminal and received a call from the airline advising her the flight was ready to leave.

The technical issues were fixed faster than expected and, had the model forfeited her seafood feast, the flight would have left at 6.30.

In videos exclusively taken by Daily Mail Australia on last Thursday’s flight, frustrated passengers could be heard heckling the outspoken model as she boarded the aircraft.

Footage showed passengers shouting ‘how were the oysters’ and ‘what a day to be pretty’ as she entered the aircraft.

When the plane touched down in Sydney, Matthews wasted no time in calling out Jetstar on her Instagram page, slamming the airline for their handling of the incident. 

She blamed Jetstar for what had happened and told the other passengers to ‘grow up’.

‘I had a pretty traumatic flight experience, thanks Jetstar, you never cease to amaze me,’ she began. 

The mother-of-two claimed she was met with 'very personal comments' when she got on the plane

The mother-of-two claimed she was met with 'very personal comments' when she got on the plane

The mother-of-two claimed she was met with ‘very personal comments’ when she got on the plane

The outspoken model took to Instagram on Sunday to again call out the airline, claiming they demanded to go through her phone while flying back to Byron Bay

The outspoken model took to Instagram on Sunday to again call out the airline, claiming they demanded to go through her phone while flying back to Byron Bay

The outspoken model took to Instagram on Sunday to again call out the airline, claiming they demanded to go through her phone while flying back to Byron Bay

‘I’m sorry but it really was not my fault… we were told it was going to be taking off at 7.45pm, I had not eaten since my smoothie that morning because I had been in back-to-back meetings.

‘I was like ”f**k this, I’m going to get food out of the airport, it’s two hours until our flight takes off, I’m going to go”.

‘I walked out, I did not hear the second announcement that apparently said ”do not leave the airport”.

‘I didn’t hear that, I swear to god, I wouldn’t have left the airport, I’m not a d***head, I do have respect for everyone else.’

She claimed she was met with ‘very personal comments’ when she got on the plane. 

Matthews posted a photo posing with her luggage outside Sydney Airport with the caption 'Smiling because we aren¿t flying S**TSTAR @jetstaraustralia'

Matthews posted a photo posing with her luggage outside Sydney Airport with the caption 'Smiling because we aren¿t flying S**TSTAR @jetstaraustralia'

Matthews posted a photo posing with her luggage outside Sydney Airport with the caption ‘Smiling because we aren’t flying S**TSTAR @jetstaraustralia’

Matthews then shared a video of her and a friend holding their Virgin boarding passes while getting on the plane back to Byron Bay on Sunday

Matthews then shared a video of her and a friend holding their Virgin boarding passes while getting on the plane back to Byron Bay on Sunday

Matthews then shared a video of her and a friend holding their Virgin boarding passes while getting on the plane back to Byron Bay on Sunday 

‘I was basically bullied by about seven to 10 to 14 people at different times, then they made comments about my children. No Jetstar staff stopped this at any time. I copped it hard for about 15 minutes.

‘I was scared for myself because number one, I was by myself…number two, no one else who was later than me copped any abuse, it was just me alone.’

The outspoken model lashed out at ‘s**tstar’ again on Sunday and claimed staff at Sydney Airport demanded they go through her phone before boarding a flight back to Byron Bay. 

‘So I just went up to the Jetstar desk to complain about what had happened [last week] and the treatment,’ she told her 210,000 followers.

‘I was just met outside by the manager and airline staff who wanted to go through my phone to make sure that I just didn’t film them inside.

‘Apparently you’re not allowed to film Jetstar staff. Which is f***king kind of crazy when everyone on that plane filmed Jetstar staff 

‘Are you f***king off your heads Jetstar?’

Ruby Tuesday Matthews, 27, made headlines for holding up a Jetstar flight last Thursday because she left the airport to eat oysters

Ruby Tuesday Matthews, 27, made headlines for holding up a Jetstar flight last Thursday because she left the airport to eat oysters

Ruby Tuesday Matthews, 27, made headlines for holding up a Jetstar flight last Thursday because she left the airport to eat oysters 

After arriving in Sydney on Thursday night, Matthews blamed Jetstar for what had happened and told the other passengers to 'grow up'

After arriving in Sydney on Thursday night, Matthews blamed Jetstar for what had happened and told the other passengers to 'grow up'

After arriving in Sydney on Thursday night, Matthews blamed Jetstar for what had happened and told the other passengers to ‘grow up’ 

Matthews then shared a video of her and a friend holding their Virgin boarding passes while walking through the terminal.

She also posted a photo posing outside Sydney Airport with the caption: ‘Smiling because we aren’t flying S**TSTAR @jetstaraustralia’. 

‘Came to Sydney with only carry on and leaving with a lot more,’ the caption continued, next to a photo of Gucci luggage, a shopping bag from high end fashion house Golden Goose and a large suitcase. 

Matthews also hashtagged oystergate’ and ‘s**tstar’. 

The Byron Bay-born beauty was bombarded by dozens of people calling her ‘entitled,’ prompting her to turn off comments.  

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Lonely Grouper fish became ‘depressed’ after eating all his tank mates

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A lonely fish who ate all of his tank mates became ‘depressed’ after he was left with no company when his aquarium closed during the pandemic. 

Grumpy looking grouper fish Mikko arrived at the Linnanmaki Sea Life centre in Helsinki in 2007, and has a ‘tendency to eat all his tank mates’ – even devouring a poisonous lionfish.    

With no fish friends left, Mikko was relying on visitors to the aquarium and according to staff member Marcus became ‘depressed’ and would ‘sit at the bottom of his tank’ because he was so lonely. 

Appearing on This Morning, he told how staff cheered up the fish with a ‘birthday cake’ made of salmon and shrimp, but admitted that Mikko ‘didn’t even look’ at the cake before quickly eating it. 

A lonely fish who ate all of his tank mates became 'depressed' after he was left with no company when his aquarium closed during the pandemic - but was cheered up with a cake on his 16th birthday

A lonely fish who ate all of his tank mates became 'depressed' after he was left with no company when his aquarium closed during the pandemic - but was cheered up with a cake on his 16th birthday

A lonely fish who ate all of his tank mates became ‘depressed’ after he was left with no company when his aquarium closed during the pandemic – but was cheered up with a cake on his 16th birthday 

Grumpy looking grouper fish Mikko arrived at the Linnanmaki Sea Life centre in Helsinki in 2007, and has a 'tenancy to eat all his tank mates'

Grumpy looking grouper fish Mikko arrived at the Linnanmaki Sea Life centre in Helsinki in 2007, and has a 'tenancy to eat all his tank mates'

Grumpy looking grouper fish Mikko arrived at the Linnanmaki Sea Life centre in Helsinki in 2007, and has a ‘tenancy to eat all his tank mates’

‘Mikko has a tenancy to eat all his tank mates, that’s the main issue’, said Marcus. 

Staff were convinced that even Mikko wouldn’t able to eat a lionfish: ‘We were quite sure that would be a good tank mate but obviously he wasn’t, he ate it. So it didn’t go very well.’ 

The three feet long fish weighs around 35 lbs and is fed three to four times a week on a diet of squid and small fish such as herring, mackerel or whiting. 

Speaking about his birthday treat, Marcus went on: ‘It’s a big chunk of salmon and it was decorated with shrimp. 

With no fish friends left, Mikko was relying on visitors to the aquarium and according to staff member Marcus (pictured) became 'depressed'

With no fish friends left, Mikko was relying on visitors to the aquarium and according to staff member Marcus (pictured) became 'depressed'

With no fish friends left, Mikko was relying on visitors to the aquarium and according to staff member Marcus (pictured) became ‘depressed’

He told hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield (both pictured) how staff cheered up the fish with a 'birthday cake' made of salmon and shrimp

He told hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield (both pictured) how staff cheered up the fish with a 'birthday cake' made of salmon and shrimp

He told hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield (both pictured) how staff cheered up the fish with a ‘birthday cake’ made of salmon and shrimp

‘He swallowed the whole thing without looking at it, he will basically eat whatever goes down his throat.’ 

As the sea life centre shut over the pandemic, Mikko became lonely and bored, with Marcus revealing he ‘turned grey’ because he was so unhappy. 

‘He is depressed,’ he said. ‘We have seen over the past,  he has a tendency to get depressed.

‘If he has no visitors he sits at the bottom of the tank and his coloration turns pale, he turns grey which is a sign he is bored mostly. We know fish can get depressed and having some movement here really helps.’ 

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Viewers were delighted with the appearance, with one admitting they couldn't stop laughing at the segment, while another called Mikko a 'metaphor for our times'

Viewers were delighted with the appearance, with one admitting they couldn't stop laughing at the segment, while another called Mikko a 'metaphor for our times'

Viewers were delighted with the appearance, with one admitting they couldn’t stop laughing at the segment, while another called Mikko a ‘metaphor for our times’

Marcus went on: ‘He watched the TV almost all the time so it clearly helped with his boring days without visitors. 

‘We try to enrich him by having lunch in front of his display and we also brush the window with a brush and he seems to enjoy that kind of contact as well.’ 

Viewers were delighted with the appearance, with one admitting they couldn’t stop laughing at the segment, while another called Mikko a ‘metaphor for our times’. 

‘Article on #ThisMorning on ‘sad fish who ate all his friends’ & can’t help but see yet another metaphor for our times’, said one. 

Another wrote: ‘I’m laughing so hard.’ 

A third said: ‘Awww Miko the sad fish on #ThisMorning I know how he feels. Good job I’ve been working from home on my own or I might have ate my work colleagues!!’ 

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Archaeology: Ancient Maya water purification system developed in Guatemala ‘would still work today’

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The ancient Maya people of Mesoamerica developed one of the world’s oldest water purification systems — and it would still work today — a study has found.

Experts from the US discovered evidence of the system — dating back to more than 2,000 years ago — in Corriental reservoir in the city of Tikal, northern Guatemala.

The site — once a key source of water for the ancient Maya — contained crystalline quartz in coarse sand and zeolite imported from 18 miles north-east of the city. 

Quartz and zeolite, a compound containing silicon and aluminium, together serve to create a molecular sieve — and are both still used today in modern filtration systems.

The ancient filter would have removed heavy metals, harmful microbes, nitrogen-rich compounds and other toxins from the Maya civilisation’s water, the team said. 

The ancient Maya people of Mesoamerica developed one of the world's oldest water purification systems — and it would still work today — a study has found. Pictured, Tikal

The ancient Maya people of Mesoamerica developed one of the world's oldest water purification systems — and it would still work today — a study has found. Pictured, Tikal

The ancient Maya people of Mesoamerica developed one of the world’s oldest water purification systems — and it would still work today — a study has found. Pictured, Tikal 

The ancient filter would have removed heavy metals, harmful microbes, nitrogen-rich compounds and other toxins from the Maya civilisation's water, the team said. Pictured, the teams' mock-up of how the filter might have worked, placed just upstream of the reservoir

The ancient filter would have removed heavy metals, harmful microbes, nitrogen-rich compounds and other toxins from the Maya civilisation's water, the team said. Pictured, the teams' mock-up of how the filter might have worked, placed just upstream of the reservoir

The ancient filter would have removed heavy metals, harmful microbes, nitrogen-rich compounds and other toxins from the Maya civilisation’s water, the team said. Pictured, the teams’ mock-up of how the filter might have worked, placed just upstream of the reservoir 

‘What’s interesting is this system would still be effective today — and the Maya discovered it more than 2,000 years ago,’ said paper author and anthropologist Kenneth Barnett Tankersley of the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio.

This means the Mesoamerican filtration system would have predated its counterparts in Europe — and was the first-of-its-kind in the so-called New World.

The researchers traced the origin of the quartz and the zeolite — the latter of which was only found at Tikal in the Corriental reservoir — to the steep ridges of the Bajo de Azúcar, about 18 miles (29 kilometres) northeast of the city.

Experts from the US discovered evidence of the system — dating back to more than 2,000 years ago — in Corriental reservoir in the city of Tikal (pictured), in northern Guatemala

Experts from the US discovered evidence of the system — dating back to more than 2,000 years ago — in Corriental reservoir in the city of Tikal (pictured), in northern Guatemala

Experts from the US discovered evidence of the system — dating back to more than 2,000 years ago — in Corriental reservoir in the city of Tikal (pictured), in northern Guatemala

The Corriental reservoir site — once a key source of water for the ancient Maya — contained crystalline quartz in coarse sand and zeolite (pictured) imported from 18 miles north-east of the city. Quartz and zeolite, a compound containing silicon and aluminium, together serve to create a molecular sieve — and are both still used today in modern filtration systems

The Corriental reservoir site — once a key source of water for the ancient Maya — contained crystalline quartz in coarse sand and zeolite (pictured) imported from 18 miles north-east of the city. Quartz and zeolite, a compound containing silicon and aluminium, together serve to create a molecular sieve — and are both still used today in modern filtration systems

The Corriental reservoir site — once a key source of water for the ancient Maya — contained crystalline quartz in coarse sand and zeolite (pictured) imported from 18 miles north-east of the city. Quartz and zeolite, a compound containing silicon and aluminium, together serve to create a molecular sieve — and are both still used today in modern filtration systems

‘The ancient Maya lived in a tropical environment and had to be innovators. This is a remarkable innovation,’ said Professor Tankersley. 

‘A lot of people look at Native Americans in the Western Hemisphere as not having the same engineering or technological muscle of places like Greece, Rome, India or China,’ he commented.

‘But when it comes to water management, the Maya were millennia ahead.’

The full findings of the study were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

'What's interesting is this system would still be effective today — and the Maya discovered it more than 2,000 years ago,' said paper author and anthropologist Kenneth Barnett Tankersley of the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio. Pictured (L-R) University of Cincinnati researchers Nicholas Dunning, Vernon Scarborough and David Lentz set up equipment to take sediment samples during their field research at Tikal

'What's interesting is this system would still be effective today — and the Maya discovered it more than 2,000 years ago,' said paper author and anthropologist Kenneth Barnett Tankersley of the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio. Pictured (L-R) University of Cincinnati researchers Nicholas Dunning, Vernon Scarborough and David Lentz set up equipment to take sediment samples during their field research at Tikal

‘What’s interesting is this system would still be effective today — and the Maya discovered it more than 2,000 years ago,’ said paper author and anthropologist Kenneth Barnett Tankersley of the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio. Pictured (L-R) University of Cincinnati researchers Nicholas Dunning, Vernon Scarborough and David Lentz set up equipment to take sediment samples during their field research at Tikal

The researchers traced the origin of the quartz and the zeolite — the latter of which was only found at Tikal in the Corriental reservoir — to the steep ridges of the Bajo de Azúcar, about 18 miles (29 kilometres) northeast of the city. Pictured, a LIDAR-based 'hillshade' image of the Tikal site, with the location of the various reservoirs, including Corriental, outlined

The researchers traced the origin of the quartz and the zeolite — the latter of which was only found at Tikal in the Corriental reservoir — to the steep ridges of the Bajo de Azúcar, about 18 miles (29 kilometres) northeast of the city. Pictured, a LIDAR-based 'hillshade' image of the Tikal site, with the location of the various reservoirs, including Corriental, outlined

The researchers traced the origin of the quartz and the zeolite — the latter of which was only found at Tikal in the Corriental reservoir — to the steep ridges of the Bajo de Azúcar, about 18 miles (29 kilometres) northeast of the city. Pictured, a LIDAR-based ‘hillshade’ image of the Tikal site, with the location of the various reservoirs, including Corriental, outlined

'The ancient Maya lived in a tropical environment and had to be innovators. This is a remarkable innovation,' said Professor Tankersley. Pictured, the location of Tikal in Guatemala

'The ancient Maya lived in a tropical environment and had to be innovators. This is a remarkable innovation,' said Professor Tankersley. Pictured, the location of Tikal in Guatemala

‘The ancient Maya lived in a tropical environment and had to be innovators. This is a remarkable innovation,’ said Professor Tankersley. Pictured, the location of Tikal in Guatemala

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