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New Study: Aquarium Sawfish Learn To Swim With Current

sawfish 1 New Study: Aquarium Sawfish Learn To Swim With Current Largetooth sawfish are listed as critically endangered. The sawfish had been kept in aquariums for conservation. However, once the sawfish were released, it was hard to track their progress. Recently, ten sawfish were tracked in a study to see what happened when the sawfish were released after being in aquariums versus sawfish that were in the wild. Five sawfish were caught, tagged and immediately released, where as the other five were placed in an aquarium for 6 months, then tagged and released. The wild sawfish would swim with the current over 90 percent of the time. However, initially, the aquarium sawfish would swim against the current. After 24 hours, the aquarium sawfish also began to swim with the current. Its important to keep studying and tracking this marvelous fish, with hopes we can get them out of the critically endangered status and use aquariums for a conservation purpose to aid in this process. MOREMore:

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Marine Mysteries: Seaweed vs. Sea Urchins of French Polynesia

rapa iti small Marine Mysteries: Seaweed vs. Sea Urchins of French PolynesiaBelow the surface of silvery waters of beautiful Southern French Polynesian Islands, Rapa and Marotiri, a wealth of sea life glides about. The reefs are healthy, thriving and rich with vitality. One of the most bountiful creatures scattered throughout these reefs is the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum). The team of Pristine Seas,  a project dedicated to protecting the last gems of the wild ocean, plunged 20 meters below the ocean’s surface to explore the sea floor over a span of five days.… More:

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Do Good and Volunteer While You Take in the Beauty of Phuket, Phuket, Thailand

2012 10 04 16 43 32 232 300x206 Do Good and Volunteer While You Take in the Beauty of Phuket, Phuket, ThailandWho’s up for a double-duty vacation? Any reefers with an itch to travel, a love of dying, and the desire to help our coral reefs, check out this volunteer opportunity in the lovely Phuket, Phuket. Thailand has long been regarded as an inviting destination for travel. Between it’s delicious local cuisine, surreal sparkling beaches and, most importantly, its rich biodiversity, it’s downright tempting for a good deal of people, reefers or not.… More:

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AZA’s Releases Winners Of 2014′s Most Innovative Exhibits

The Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums (AZA), founded in 1924, is a non-profit organization focused on conservation, education and advancement of aquariums and zoo’s. What is not to like about that mission? Working at public aquariums is how i got started in the aquatic industry and how my love for the hobby began and flourished, I have much respect for the AZA.  Last month, the AZA hosted their annual Honors and Awards Event in Orlando, Florida. chesnee AZAs Releases Winners Of 2014s Most Innovative Exhibits The event honors outstanding institutions and members of the aquarium and zoo community with a variety of different awards. Included in the event is the award for compelling exhibit. The AZA states that the award ‘recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit display by an AZA institution.’ To have been considered for the 2014 award, the exhibit must have been opened during 2012 and 2013 calendar year. Applications were considered by the AZA before being chosen. This years award winners included  The Fresno Chaffee Zoo for their Sea Lion Cove, The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo‘s Encounter Africa and The Philadelphia Zoo’s KidZooU. These diverse and exciting exhibits were honored for engaging and inspiring guests. Certainly well done and a few more reasons to make a zoo travel plan this year to incorporate these awesome exhibits. MOREMore:

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Somewhere Along the Western Coast of Nassau, Bahamas, a Girl Carries The Weight of the Ocean on Her Shoulders

ocean atlas jason decaires taylor nassau bahamas 003 jason decaires taylor sculpture 225x300 Somewhere Along the Western Coast of Nassau, Bahamas, a Girl Carries The Weight of the Ocean on Her ShouldersJason deCaires Taylor, famous sculptor known for his underwater works that double as artificial reefs, introduces to us “Ocean Atlas”. Stemming from the Atlas narrative, the young Bahamian girl is depicted holding up the weight of the ocean on her shoulders just below the surface of the Atlantic. Commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), the massive sculpture is an ominous reflection of the burden we’re passing down to future generations, and is the largest resident in an underwater sculpture garden. The garden also features sculptures by local artists Willicey Tynes and Andret Jones, as well as an artificial reefball trail. In order to sustain marine life, and ensure they colonize and thrive within the garden, the pieces are constructed with sustainable pH-neutral materials. I really am quite taken by all of these artificial reefs. They combine stunning artwork with an incredible goal to preserve and encourage our reefs to flourish. I do hope to visit at least a few at some point in the future.
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Stunning Video On The Camouflage Of Pygmy Seahorses

 So, in the spirit of age old “chicken before the egg” inquiry, marine biologists over at the Steinhart Aquarium decided to explore the camouflage tactics of the adorable, wee pygmy seahorse. So here’s the deal – if a pygmy seahorse can’t blend perfectly into its environment, they’d surely die. They’d be too easy for predators to spot and snatch up. These little guys spend their days lounging around on sea fans. There’s yellow pygmies and there’s purple pygmies. The question? Do they change color to match each specific habitat or are they simply born this way? To find out, the biologists took itty-bitty baby yellow seahorses, which were a dull-brownish hue, and plopped them into tanks with purple sea fans. The result? They turned purple. So there you have it!… More:

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New Sponge Discovered Off The Galway Coast

new sponge New Sponge Discovered Off The Galway Coast  Christine Picton, a scientist at the Titanic Belfast, has discovered a new species of Sponge off the West Coast of Ireland. While exploring the continental shelf in a remotely operated underwater vehicle, Picton discovered the sponge growing on a piece of coral. While Ireland isn’t exactly known for their coral reefs, Ireland does have flourishing deep water coral reefs that are visually stunning. The new species has been named ‘Beauforti’ after the Beaufort Marine Biodiversity Research Award, the award which funded Picton’s research. MOREMore:

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Catlin Seaview Survey Maps Coral Triangle

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The Catlin Seaview Survey, the project which is out to capture and record the health of our World’s Reefs, is at it again. The goal of the project is to create a scientific baseline of the reefs, which can be used to monitor the changes in the World’s reefs over time.  The Catlin Seaview Survey have just finished capturing and mapping the Coral Triangle, a triangular area comprising of the Indian and Pacific Oceans of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.… More:

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