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Florida’s Reefs Go Digital

 I’ve written about it before here, but Google Map, thanks to Catlin Seaview Survey, is coming to an underwater reef near you. Eventually, our reefs will be documented in the same way as our streets are. This is a remarkable feet in being able to capture and study the health of our Ocean’s reef in a level that was not achievable before this technology. Up until now, the camera’s have focused on underwater reefs outside the United States. I am happy to say that a place near to my heart, the Florida Keys, will be the first American Reef to be photographed and available for underwater viewing. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #194

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Arm of a basket starfish.This week we talk about something for beginners and something for veterans. The beginner segment is mistakes to a avoid and the veteran segment is what to think about before turning your hobby into a business. We also learn that some people go to reef events carrying their own autograph pen so that they’re at the ready when a signature is requested. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #194

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Hermit Crab City Scapes

 Aki Inomata, a Japanese artist, is taking art to a new level using hermit crabs as inspiration. Inomata used an abandoned seashell from a hermit crab who had decided to find a new home as her starting point. By scanning the interior of the shell, she was able to create replica designs. Using this blueprint, she created 3D printed shells, many of which are designed to look like cities in New York, Tokyo, Greece and Thailand. On Inomata’s website, she explains her thought process for creating these amazing hermit crab shells: “The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various national borders. Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely. It’s as if they were asking, “Who are you?””.  Can you imagine having one (or how about two or three actually) of these in your home tank? I know I will be adding this to my tank wish list. MOREMore:

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Picture of the Week, Dragonface Pipefish

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For this installment of the AquaNerd Picture of the Week, we’re digging up a blast from the past. We’re showing off an image we took years ago of a dragonface pipefish, which is probably one of the first images we took with a macro lens as we started our foray into aquarium photography. While the image may not be technically perfect, meaning the lighting isn’t correct and the camera settings may not be right, we still love what we were able to capture. For those familiar with this particular pipefish, you know how hard they can be to photograph. They are quite small, move about quickly, and are often shy in the presence of people (especially those holding cameras). MORE: Picture of the Week, Dragonface PipefishMore:

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Blue Tang Aggregation, Acanthurus coeruleus

6bf1Blue Tangs 457x303 Blue Tang Aggregation, Acanthurus coeruleusHi friends, Here’s a colorful photo of a big school of Blue Tangs cruising through the reef with a single goatfish (yellow fish) trying hard to blend in. I really had quite a laugh underwater watching this single goatfish, it’s like he always wanted to be a blue tang and figured they wouldn’t even notice if he hung out with them. We see these large groups called “aggregations” on the reef here every single day and I still never seem to get tired of it, they are just so beautiful. Adult blue tangs have three social modes: territorial, wandering, and schooling. Territorial adults defend their home rage from other members of the species MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #193

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Everyone should have a specie tank that’s home to a Pygmy Tuberculated Angler. All of the other fish we talked about are already sold. Sorry.It was a whim and we went with it. We trashed everything we were planning to talk about, fired up the Live Aquaria Diver’s Den page and geeked out about fish for 50 minutes. We had fun. Hope you enjoy listening. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #193

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Underwater Blue-Light Photos, Night Diving

596bFireworm Underwater Blue Light Photos, Night DivingGood morning from the Caribbean all! Friday night Aimee and I took off on a blue-light night dive at around 8:00. I had already gotten the camera setup and all the dive gear ready during the day so all we had to do was take our gear out and put it on, it doesn’t get any easier! Aimee was again my finder of cool stuff, it helps so much to have someone with good eyes searching the reef and calling you over when something is found. How does one get ones attention under the sea at night in complete darkness you ask?? Well we have three ways, pull on the persons fin (most fun), signal them with your dive light (blinding but effective) or get their attention with an underwater rattle (noise maker), you just shake it and it makes noise underwater, my favorite. MOREMore:

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Caribbean Reef Squids, Baby Reef Squids

a8d13 Squids Caribbean Reef Squids, Baby Reef SquidsHi gang, I have been busy getting my blue-light equipment ready for a night-dive tonight with Aimee. We usually wait till around 7:30 or 8:00 before we jump in the sea that way all the nocturnal creatures have time to crawl out giving us better odds of finding them. Tonight we are in search of a little fish (blenny or Goby) that hides in the open polyps of corals. Twice now we came back with photos and after viewing them on the computer realized that there is a fish in there as well, so tonight with Aimee’s help we will try to just find him and get a nice macro shot. As fun as the blue-light dives are they require a lot of additional work before the dive like setting up the camera, getting the yellow glasses and search lights ready and making sure the dive gear is good to go. Once underwater it’s always worth the effort and the dive itself goes by super fast MOREMore:

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