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Dubai’s “The Floating Seahorse”

I spent 6 years managing various public and commercial aquarium projects in the Middle East including a number in Dubai and the surrounding Emirates. As such, I am all too familiar with Dubai’s love of designing large, unusual, and extravagant aquariums, and I can attest to the fact that some of these grand aquarium projects do get built. The newest  aquatic-themed project in Dubai is  “The Floating Seahorse” which are partially submerged homes, essentially house boats moored offshore. The Floating Seahorse homes were revealed  at the Dubai International Boat Show in March 2015 by Dubai developer Kleindienst Group. 42 of the homes are planned for construction by the end of 2016. The residences will be part of “The World”, Dubai’s largest artificial island project. Each home will have three floors: an upper deck, a main floor at sea level, and an underwater level. The underwater level includes the master bedroom and bathroom with stunning panoramic underwater views. mainMore:

Flannel Beach: The Doom Years 12″ Record Release

Flannel Beach: The Doom Years by Various Artists Today we release an album we’ve been compiling for years: Flannel Beach – The Doom Years, a mixtape featuring great SoFL bands spanning the years of 2004-2012. The album is available in 12″ vinyl & cassette format(s) via our online store & IRL @ Gramps tonight, Friday, September the 25th. ‘Coral City‘ & ‘Natural History Redux‘ are screening before Rick Guerre goes live, followed by a special Guy Harvey reunion set. The compilation benefits our current project, the South Pointe Park Coral Nursery. Read more about Flannel Beach here via the Miami New Times. Thank You to the Musicians of Flannel Beach, Michael Alen of Sound Nutrition, who co-produced the LP, Jorge Gonzalez Graupera, who mastered it, and Brian Butler, the artist behind the swampy album artwork. Tags: Coral Morphologic, Flannel Beach, Flannel Beach: The Doom Years This entry was posted on Friday, September 25th, 2015 at 12:12 am and is filed under Music. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

WWF Reports 49% Decline in Marine Animal Populations

Anthias under sunbeams. Swarms of anthias fish shelter near coral outcroppings and feed in the passing current. Fiji

Anthias under sunbeams. Swarms of anthias fish shelter near coral outcroppings and feed in the passing current. Fiji

 It’s never fun to jump on the negative news bandwagon, but a recently updated report from the World Wildlife Fund finds our oceans to be in far worse condition than just 45 years ago. The Living Blue Planet report, published annually, states that the average populations of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish declined by 49% between 1970 and 2012. Coral reef coverage has also decreased by more than 50% in the last 30 years. The report more or less attributes all population decline to anthropomorphic (human-driven) influences, including climate change.… More:

Seal Hops Ride On Humpback Whale

A photo is worth a thousand words. And you have to check out this mind blowing photo of a seal catching a ride on the back of a humpback whale off the New South Wales coast in Australia. At first look, it looks like the seal is surfing or almost walking on water until you look closer._85591521_exclsealtakesarideonahumpbackwhale7More:

Up-Close with Bali Maricultured Acropora

reefs.comMariAcro2Last week we took a look at some wonderful maricultured mini-colonies of various Euphyllia species. Today we get a sneak peak into the most popular maricultured genus, Acropora. To produce the most colorful specimens of maricultured Acropora divers take fragments of wild colonies, place them in various farms, and see which one’s do best at particular depths and currents. Similar to aquaculture in captivity, once a coral has proven to color up well and grow at an acceptable pace the coral is fragmented again and eventually sold.… More:

Projected “quasi-extinction” of Acropora cervicornis: Puerto Rico

Most readers will be aware that as far as Caribbean corals go, none are considered more at risk of extinction than Acropora cervicornis and Acropora palmata. Researchers from the University of Puerto Rico are now concerned, based on new population demographic data, that A. cervicornis will become “quasi-extinct” in Puerto Rico in less than two decades. 

Staghorn coral (A. cervicornis) coral 'setting' sperm egg bundles visable as peach colored balls emerging from the coral polyps in prepation of spawning. Photo used with permission of photographer Rich Ross.

Staghorn coral (A. cervicornis) coral ‘setting’ sperm egg bundles visible as peach colored balls emerging from the coral polyps in prepation of spawning. Photo used with permission of photographer Rich Ross.


Up-Close with Bali Maricultured Euphyllia

reefs.comMariEuphyllia2One of my favorite pastimes [besides diving] is perusing through the never-ending pictures of reefs in nature. It’s hard to believe where some of our favorite corals grow, often in vastly different environments than what we create in our glass boxes. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a surge in both the aquaculture and the mariculture of coral. While some people interchange the terms freely, to me they are two unique and distinct designations: maricultured coral is farmed in the ocean; aquaculture denotes coral farmed in captivity. With social media being such an easy way to connect these days, coral farmers of all types can share their work quickly. Recently, I was talking with Bali coral farmer Endang Nilsari about some maricultured Euphyllia sp. he and his team are working with.… More:

Karen Brittain Breeds Bandit Angels

reefs.comBandit3Renown fish breeder Karen Brittain, who made waves last year revealing a slew of captive bred Genicanthus personatus at MACNA 2014, recently had a larval run with Apolemichthys arcuatus, the Bandit angelfish. Considering A. arcuatus is my favorite fish, I was watching the fruits of her labor anxiously waiting for them to settle. While there were a couple hiccups as with any larval run, four perfect little babies went through metamorphosis and have been moved to their grow out tank. Another fantastic achievement for Karen!… More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.