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Recall Of Aquarium Heaters

Top Fin Aquarium heaters, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, are on now on recall due to possible fire or electrical hazard to consumers. The heaters were sold at Petsmart from August 2014 to April 2015. The models include 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250 watt aquarium heaters. The company has 13 reports of incidents so far, including fire, four reports of electrical shock and multiple reports of electrical shortage. Petsmart is giving consumers a full refund for any returned units purchased at the store. MOREMore:

Tuna Added Back to Tokyo Sea Life Park Exhibit

tuna Keeping Tuna alive in captivity is extremely difficult and a task that only a handful of public aquariums around the world are able to do. Tokyo Sea Life Park was among the pioneers in displaying tuna in aquariums. Last year, sadly 160 tuna died without a known cause. By December of 2014, there was just one tuna left in the Aquariums famous 2000 gallon, donut shaped tank. The cause of the massive tuna deaths remains unknown. The Aquarium has been slowly adding different species back to the tank, to see how they did. So far, none of the fish which have been added to tank have suffered any known ailments. Therefore, the aquarium added the 80 tuna back to the tank and reopened it to the public. Hopefully the addition of the tuna far just as well, and the tank can go back to being a healthy habitat for the tuna. MOREMore:

Wife Swapping: Coral Style

It’s long been a theory of mine that corals exchange zooxanthellae within our aquariums to combat environmental stressors, and a new study proves this theory to be true in controlled systems as well as in the wild. The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science led the study, which simulated ocean-acidification in controlled tank environments. “Since ‘symbiont shuffling’ occurs in only some cases, we wanted to understand what drives this process and whether it could help corals adjust to climate change,” said Ross Cunning, lead author of the study. Researchers then allowed150604100915_1_900x600 these specimens to recover in different temperatures to gauge which clades of zooxanthellae they adopted, and with a firm theory here, Cunning suggests temperature could be a controlling factor when it comes how and what symbionts are exchanged: “We discovered that partner switching in Caribbean star corals is dependent upon the severity of the bleaching event and the temperature during recovery.” Two similar studies were also conducted in the Coral Reef Futures lab at UM. “Together, these studies suggest that that the rate of warming, timing between bleaching events, and severity of each bleaching event, will play an important role in determining coral survivorship. We need to better understand these changes in order to accurately predict coral reef futures.” add’s Andrew Baker, UM Rosenstiel School associate professor of marine biology and ecology at UM.  Read more here!… More:

Google Maps Underwater Street View Imagery Adds 40 New Locations

reefsIn today’s day and age, there is not much we cant do from behind our computer screens. You can see the whole world at the stroke of a key. Now you can see the underwater world as well. Google Street View allows you to go all over the world, from the comfort of your couch. You can now see some of the most amazing coral reefs in the world. Recently, they added 40 new locations. Google Maps has joined forces with XL Catlin Seaview Survey, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Chagos Conservation Trust to release Street View imagery of more than 40 underwater spots around the World. Divers take SVII cameras on their dives to catch just amazingly breathtaking footage. Some of the locations you can watch include  Bali, the Cook Islands, the Bahamas and the Great Barrier Reefs. Google is focused on conservation and awareness.By adding imagery which shows the state and health of our coral reefs now, we can be more aware of the devastating effect of human impact, like global warming, climate change, over fishing and pollution, just to name a few, on our reefs.  MOREMore:

Shark Carrying Truck Crashes on Florida Highway

A truly bizarre traffic accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, when a truck carrying several Sandbar Sharks crashed on I-95 in Volusia County, Florida.  The trailer crashed after a tire became separated from the vehicle near Oak Hill said Florida Highway Patrol officials.  The semi crossed over  the median and stopped at a tree line.… More:

Marshawn Lynch Gets BeastMode Custom Fish Tank

marshall Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch will be appearing on this season of Tanked on Animal Planet. The Custom tank will include a Beast mode logo and skittles colored coral. Watch the tank preview here.… More:

Coral Interactions in 20,000 Gallons

A cluster of interacting coral.

A cluster of interacting coral.

 I am continually fascinated by the goings-on in Joe Yaiullo’s massive aquarium. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from this tank, and its mature age, 14+ years, allows for some dynamic interactions between coral species. I’m impressed with the way Joe is willing to push the envelope, and will often recreate coral combinations that have worked for him the past.… More:

Five Japanese Aquariums May Quit Association Over Taiji Ban

Japan controversial dolphin tradeFive Japanese Aquariums are Threatening to leave Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza) based on the decision not to use Taiji Dolphins. Jaza made the decision to ban use of Taiji Dolphins based on the pressure asserted by the World Aquarium of Zoos and Aquariums (waza) that if Jaza did not stop using Taiji dolphins they would be expelled from the group. Five Aquariums have indicated they may leave the association. Seven aquariums are undecided as to their future membership, four declined to comment, and sixteen aquariums stated they will remain members. Compared to the United States where 70 percent of dolphins are aquariums are bred in captivity, only 13 percent of Japanese dolphins are bred in captivity.… More:

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