Category Archives: Corals
It comes as no surprise that corals are under more stress than ever. It is a very troubling problem we hear about day in and day out. Global warming, overfishing, dredging, pollution, human influence and disease outbreaks are all to blame. For example, critically Endangered Elkhorn Caribbean coral has diminished its population by ninety eight percent. Coral conservation needs to be on the forefront of all of our minds.
Luckily, there is some good news too. New research was published recently in the Bulletin of Marine Science which shows that lab generated corals are able to withstand and thrive when placed in the increasingly stressed natural environments. Scientists took fertilized eggs from a Curacao coral reef, brought them back to an offshore lab until they were fully matured. The larger grown corals were then placed back into their natural re, and a year later, were observed releasing eggs and sperm.… More:
Our good friends at Cherry Corals will be opening up their vaults and hosting a live sale event this weekend on Reefs.com. You can find the sale here: Live Sale Event The online retailer is one of the nation’s largest propagators of premium aquacultured corals; their mantra is: “If it’s not HOT, it’s not here!”. They will be hosting the sale tomorrow night, Saturday, Feb 6, from 6:00 pm to Midnight (EST), and over 400 of their finest frags will be made available to the public, including a large selection of $1, $5, and $20 frags. This will be a great event, with T-Shirt giveaways and a $250 grand prize. As always, the live sale system includes a real-time chat venue as well as a coral purchasing system that is as much fun to use as a video game. You can interact with your hosts and other buyers while you snap up some of the finest corals on the market.… More:
Although this might look like one, it is not an underwater purple sock, this is a photo of Xenoturbella profunda, a species of deep sea worm which was discovered by scientists and provides links to very early life forms. Initially scientists believed that the flatworms had evolved from more complex life forms, but this recent study, published in the Journal Nature, indicates that the flatworms are one of the early forms of life. The first specimen was found in Sweden over 60 years ago, but was mistakenly linked to a mollusk using early forms of genetic testing. “What we’ve shown is that, no, they probably always were simple,” said Nerida Wilson, a research scientist with the Western Australian Museum.… More: