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The Kojiro Goby: A Remarkable and Beautiful New Species

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The Kojiro Goby Credit: brucelee

 It’s not unusual to see a new species of goby described from Indo-Pacific waters—in fact, thirteen have been described since March of this year. We are living in a veritable golden age of gobiid taxonomy. What a great time to be alive! And one of the most astounding finds is only now coming to light. I first discovered images of an unusual and colorful goby on a Japanese diving blog. The local divers have dubbed this species the “kojiro haze”, the Kojiro Goby.… More:

Protected Whale Shark Dismembered In China

whalesharkkill-150955_copy1 An video of two men cutting a whale shark into pieces, while allegedly still alive, is causing Chinese and International horror. Whale sharks are protected animals under Chinese and International Law. These gentile sharks are the biggest fish and shark in the World. Feeding off of Plankton, they are often captured in photographs roaming through the water with their mouths wide open.  In 2014, the National Geographic published this article about the large number of Whale Sharks, over 600 per year, that were being slaughtered and ‘processed’ by a factory in Southeastern China.… More:

What Makes Someone a Marine Aquarium Expert?

Being in a somewhat contemplative mood as I enjoy my third cup of coffee this Friday morning, I’ve posed to myself the philosophical question, what does it mean to be an “expert” marine aquarist? In other words, when I write something like, “That challenging species should be kept only by expert hobbyists,” who exactly am I referring to? As I mull it over, I’m coming to the realization that the answer to this question isn’t as obvious as it might seem.Years in the hobby? Is expertise a simple a matter of years in the hobby? If that were the case, someone who has been a hobbyist for 20 years but has never kept anything other than a single ocellaris clownfish would be considered an expert—when in reality, that individual is experienced only in keeping one specimen of a relatively bulletproof species. Further, there are plenty of long-time hobbyists out there who repeatedly exercise poor judgment, never learn from their mistakes, and make irresponsible stocking/husbandry decisions no matter how many years they keep at it. So time in the hobby can’t be the sole answer

National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest 2015

While diving in the cool waters of the Puget Sound this gorgeous squid was excited by my bright dive lights. I quickly settled myself and moved in for an amazing encounter. This particular squid hovered for several minutes while I squeezed off several images. With the beautiful blue highlights, this one really stood out. Des Moines, Washington, United States J. Miller

credit: J. Miller

 The winners of National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest 2015 have been announced. Submissions came in from all over the world, and while many focus on the unique cultures, people, and architecture of far-off lands, there are some absolutely gorgeous shots of our ocean environment and its inhabitants. My favorite is the picture above, of a beautiful little squid in Puget Sound, Des Moines, Washington, captured by J. Miller. He writes: “While diving in the cool waters of the Puget Sound this gorgeous squid was excited by my bright dive lights. I quickly settled myself and moved in for an amazing encounter. This particular squid hovered for several minutes while I squeezed off several images. With the beautiful blue highlights, this one really stood out.” Below are some other fantastic shots, and you can see all the top entries on the National Geographic site, here.… More:

Nuclear Weapons and Coral Reefs

The Baker test explosion.

The Baker test explosion.

 Following World War II, the emergence of nuclear weapons became a subject of public fascination. Previous detonations had all been performed in complete secrecy or in the theater of war, and it wouldn’t be until 1946 that the general population was allowed to glimpse its first sight of an actual explosion as it happened. At Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands of the Central Pacific, the US Navy first publicly detonated an atomic bomb… More:

Funny Parrotfish

Good morning friends, I have another funny fish face for you all today that was again taken during the day but looks like it was taken at night. I always try to use a much higher f-stop like f-16 for instance to darken the backgrounds which helps to eliminate distractions keeping the focus just on  the animal. And, the higher f-stop will give you much more detail, you just have to add more light when shooting. I believe this is a Redtail Parrotfish because of the black blotch at the base of the pectoral fin but I have been wrong before! Like all parrotfish they have the most unique and comical facial expressions, it’s trying to get them to look at the camera that is the hard part! Here is Curacao we have so many different parrotfish with names like….

Bogas Fish Ball

Good morning friends, after photographing the sub yesterday and waving goodbye I swam over to my giant school of Boga’s and joined them for around 15 minutes. These fish are so amazing and always the highlight to any dive! Instead of swimming away in fear they always swim to me then surround me allowing me to join their school. They seem to have no fear of the camera or the flashes thus allowing me to snap away at my leisure, it’s a total blast!

The Evolution and Biogeography of Stonogobiops – Part 5

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A hypothetical phylogeny for this group.

 Stonogobiops & Myersina: In Evolutionary Context 
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A rainbow of colors in Myersina adonis, from brackish Thai waters. Credit: Shunsuke Onishi

 The full extent of speciation in this diverse group of gobies is only now coming to light. We still need scientific descriptions for the many poorly known variants, and further exploration to discover the many others which likely await discovery. It seems almost certain that regions poorly documented by divers, (e.g. Eastern Papua New Guinea or the Indian Ocean) would harbor more diversity. Furthermore, molecular study would go a long way towards unraveling the byzantine interrelationships amongst these many similar forms.… 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.