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Reef Threads Podcast #190

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #190 To thrive, these feathers require a ton of phytoplankton every day.We’re back again, this time to talk more about Colin Foord, the Catlin Global Reef Record site, feather dusters, skimping or splurging on equipment, fancy versus function LFSs, and ich in bare-bottom tanks. 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 #190More:

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Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony Corals

5a84Elkhorn Corals 457x305 Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony CoralsGood morning friends, did you have a great weekend out there??? We sure did because our prayers have finally been answered, WE GOT RAIN!!! Yes our 6 month drought is finally over!! We woke to rain about 3:30 in the morning friday and it was still going into the daylight hours, it was fantastic!! MOREMore:

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Baby Caribbean Reef Squids, Sepioteuthis sepioidea

2e44Squids 457x305 Baby Caribbean Reef Squids, Sepioteuthis sepioidea
Good morning friends, I jumped in the water early this morning with camera in hand and photographed our school of baby Caribbean Reef Squids that have been living here since they were born. The squids range in size from around three to six inches and I counted around 35 of them. The squids seem very relaxed and they let me get very close and at times they were hovering around me and the camera, it was fantastic! Although the photo is small you can still see all their crazy iridescent colors which they have the ability to change in the blink of an eye, truly one of the hands down coolest creatures in the sea! I have found out that photographing these animals can be very difficult because of their eyes, too much light and it ruins the eyes and too little and the body is too dark, this was hot at 160-F13 making the squids colors perfect with no over-exposed eyes. The Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea), also known as just the Reef Squid, is a small (20 cm) torpedo-shaped squid with fins that extend nearly the entire length of the body and undulate rapidly as it swims. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #189

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #189
This week we talk a lot about seahorses.After our unplanned week off we return to talk about seahorses, screen tops, cooling tanks in summer, and a new overflow kit. 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 #189More:

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Night-Diving in Curacao, Giant Porcupinefish

9a16Nightdive Ikelite 3 Night Diving in Curacao, Giant PorcupinefishGood morning from Curacao! Good news, we got more rain and our bone dry island is starting to turn green again, I can’t tell you how happy I am! The downside to the rain was getting stuck in it for two hours on Saturday while cycling around the island. I finally talked two friends into joining me on my long weekend bike ride and within minutes of starting it stated to rain! Yeah not fun! MOREMore:

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Google Street View Goes Underwater

catlin Google Street View Goes UnderwaterGoogle street view is now underwater with Oceans-Street View. It’s now possible to view the current health of coral reefs of the world all in one click. The website, called Global Reef Record, is brought to us by Catlin Seaview Survey.… More:

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Green Moray Eel, Gymnothorax funebris, Eels

7a3aGreen Moray 1 Green Moray Eel, Gymnothorax funebris, EelsGood morning friends, I did yet another night dive last night with the GoPro/Ikelite setup and again came back with some great videos! As luck would have it the first thing I found last night after just entering the water was a full size adult Caribbean Reef Squid hanging out in the shallows. Upon seeing this I pretty much dedicated my dive to just letting this curious squid get used to me which in the end means better photos and better videos! Since I was only using one Ikelite VEGA strobe (with a diffuser) I was able to get very close because the light was not overwhelming, and by close I mean less than a foot!! As soon as I figure out how to upload videos onto my site/blog I will post this one from last night, it was such a great experience!  MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #188

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #188 A colony photographed by the folks at Coral Morphologic.This week we’re joined by Colin Foord of Coral Morphologic. Colin has been in the news lately because of his efforts to save corals that were living in the Government Cut shipping channel in Miami, FL. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun a project to make that channel wider and deeper and were going to destroy corals that have adapted to that very different environment. Colin took steps to save them and, this week, tells the story of his efforts and what he’s doing with the corals he’s saved. 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 #188More:

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