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NEW Fish ID App

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Chelsea Harms Tuohy and Evan Tuohy are building an exciting new Caribbean fish id and survey app for iPad and Android tablets. They realized that during the first few dives, students find it difficult to differentiate between species, and so often miss out on many other fish, resulting in inaccurate counts and a lot of frustration. This app will include a “Reference Mode” which provides information about each species, and a “Survey Mode” which uses fish illustrations to identify species. The software will also keep a count of the species observed per study and provide a report. The name and final product are scheduled to be released in late 2015. The grad students are currently looking for funding for this project, and plan to run a pilot with universities and environmental institutions.  To find out how you can get involved, visit www.experiment.com/fishidMore:

HydroView Sport

hydroviewThe Aquabotix HydroView remote operated vehicles (ROVs) provide users with real-time underwater images. You can view and record still images and videos, study marine life, and inspect equipment and environments below the water’s surface.  The HydroView can be controlled with your iPad or PC, or even an optional video game controller.… More:

Mating Pair Slender Filefish

Good morning from Curacao! Sorry for the lack of blogs these past few days but we had another three day weekend due to another holiday and I was no where near my computer. Yesterday was “Kings Day”, one of the biggest holidays of the year, and NO Curacao does not have a King but the Netherlands does. Kings Day is the Kings birthday and is celebrated with everyone wearing orange, (the Netherlands national colors), wild non-stop parties and live events all day long, I stayed home! I have two Slender Filefish for you all today in their pre-mating mode

Fish Faces: Banded Butterflyfish

Good morning, I have a very gentle, super fun to watch, reef fish for you all today called a Banded Butterflyfish or Chaetodon striatus. The name is derived from the dark vertical bands on the fish’s body. This, combined with a vertical, black bar through the eye, is an adaptation that can confuse predators. These fish are around five inches in length, can be found easily in the 10-60 foot zone and  are usually always found in pairs. These two here can always be found in the same area and I have been swimming with them for years so they are more or less pretty used to me and my giant camera. As I was taking my pictures one of them (top photo) left the safety of the gorgonian and swam right up to the front of my camera and proceeded to just hang out there without a care in the World, it was great!

Whitespotted Filefish – Monacanthidae

Good morning from a tiny island in the Caribbean called Curacao! I have a super cool fish for you all today called a Whitespotted Filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus, it’s one of our personal favorites! This fish has so many unique built-in features, it reminds me of a swimming Swiss Army knife! This fish has the ability to change and flash colors, it has a super cool retractable spine on top of it’s head, it can puff up it’s belly to look bigger and to lock itself into a crevice for protection and it has wild looking spines at the base of it’s tail, talk about cool!!! Filefish (also known as foolfish, leatherjackets or shingles) are tropical to subtropical tetraodontiform marine fish of the diverse family Monacanthidae.

Baby Squid Photo, Caribbean Reef Squid

Good morning friends, how was your weekend?? This morning as I stumbled up the steps in search of coffee I said again, I can’t believe how fast these weekends go by” I never even get close to getting anything done anymore! For those of you asking our four little land tortoises are doing wonderful in their home! As you may or may not know, they went to a beautiful bed and breakfast over by Blue Bay and are in what we call, “turtle paradise”. I hear the guests are taking them out on the grass, letting them walk around and spaying them with a water hose, which they absolutely LOVE, we are so happy for them!

Gyotaku: An Awesome Form of Traditional Japanese Fish Art

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Seldom does a modern fisherman land a prize catch without capturing the moment forever, digitally, with a quick selfie. But without this key piece of technology—the camera—by what method did mid-19th century Japanese anglers preserve proof of their trophy catch for posterity? They practiced a traditional style of “fish printing” known as gyotaku (Japanese 魚拓). Accordingly, most fishing boats from this period were stocked with the essential art supplies: rice paper, brushes and sumi-e ink. Over the decades, gyotaku has evolved from a rather crude means of measuring up a catch into a bona fide form of artistic expression; while it is no longer practiced in Japan by fishermen, it is appreciated woldwide as a fine art. A form of specialized art termed nature printing or “rubbing,” subjects include anything from fishes to seashells to leaves. Fish require some preparation to ensure that they do not leak seawater or body fluids during the printing process. In its simplest form, the relief surface of the subject is coated with ink. Colorful pigments may additionally be used. A sheet of paper is rubbed over the inked surface of the fish carcass, capturing as many fine details of the scales, fin rays, etc. as possible. Sometimes this first dark copy would be used as a work copy, being used to print many lighter copies which were then often elaborated upon by hand. In the West, it is typical to start with the direct method, and then finish the piece off with the brush application of colored inks.… More:

Deepwater Cameras Reveal New Species, Seascapes

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To this day, a mere 15% of the ocean bottom has been mapped. Recently, a team of researchers from the United States-supported National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has obtained a wealth of astonishingly clear video footage while mapping the ocean floor off of the Puerto Rican coast. Using a remotely-operated vehicle in water depths as great as 7,000 meters, NOAA scientists were able to capture images of many animals formerly not known to exist. The Puerto Rico Trench includes the deepest regions of the Atlantic Ocean. Water depths here are nearly as deep as those in the Pacific, extending as far as 8,400 meters.… More:

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