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Whoa There, Daddy! I’m So Happy Humans Don’t Give Birth Like This

 I’m pretty terrified to have just one baby, but HUNDREDS? Take a looksie and this incredible video of a seahorse bursting hundreds of tiny little seahorse babies out of his robust pouch. This video is old news, 2009, but it’s the first time I’ve caught a glimpse of it, so I felt compelled to share in case some of you reef lovers missed it as well. For those of you who have seen it, well, maybe you want to revisit it in all of it’s baby seahorse glory. Props to seahorse dads, those guys are troopers.… More:

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Here’s a Heartwarming Story For You All

20141020  886751p1 200 Heres a Heartwarming Story For You AllWhat do you do when you’re an eleven year old boy diagnosed with terminal Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, a somewhat rare disease effecting one is every 3,600 boys? Ask Jacob Birx of Red Lion, as he was allotted a single wish from the Make-a-Wish Foundation this past May. Jacob opted to travel to Florida with his family to meet Winter, an inspirational dolphin with a prosthetic tail and the inspiration behind the movie, “Dolphin Tale”. The 2011 film tells the story of Winter who learned to swim all over again with and without his new tail at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. Thanks to Make-a-Wish, little Jake was able to meet the porpoise and even shake his fin and feed her some fish. His siblings were also able to meet Winter. Read more about the young, brave boy and his visit with his family to the aquarium over at yorkdispatch.com
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Your Daily Squee! Niagra Penguins Getting Ready For Halloween

5445c8cfdd9da.image  225x300 Your Daily Squee! Niagra Penguins Getting Ready For HalloweenWell, Halloween has got to be one of my favorite holidays pretty much ever, it even trumps Christmas! Penguins are probably my favorite flightless bird. That’s why I’m so excited about what the Aquarium of Niagra is stirring up for the spookiest night of the year. Halloween Happenings is an annual celebration taking place every Halloween from 4 to 7pm. Admission is a measly $5, and kinder dressed in aquarium creature garb get in for free! So throw together that ‘nem costume and get ready to go! Adorable festivities such as a pumpkin treasure hunt, an All Hallow’s Eve-themed sea lion show, and trick-or-treat station shall ensue. Trophies will be awarded for Best Aquatic Costume and Best Overall Costume. Oh, and there will be penguins with pumpkins, need I say more?
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Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition

IMG 8201sm Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition I found this tiny octopus last week, clinging to a piece of sargassum weed 20 miles off the coast of Long Island, NY.… More:

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Boat Noise a Culprit for Decline of Sea Hare

Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter and the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) CRIOBE in France have long understood that artificial marine noise can affect the ecology of marine life, but they now understand that propeller noise from boats can also affect change in the life cycle of one of the most important reef inhabitants. Lead author Sophie Nedelec, a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol and EPHE had this to offer: “Traffic noise is now one of the most widespread global pollutants. If the reproductive output of vulnerable species is reduced, we could be changing communities and losing vital ecological functions. This species is particularly important because it eats a toxic alga that affects recruitment of fish to coral reefs.” 

seahare article Boat Noise a Culprit for Decline of Sea Hare

Researchers found that when exposed to anthropogenic noises throughout gestation, some of the Stylocheilus striates eggs studied for this experiment were found to be underdeveloped and in some cases actually perished as a result. Co-author, Dr Steve Simpson, a marine biologist and senior lecturer at the University of Exeter, said: “Boat noise may cause stress or physically disrupt cells during development, affecting chances of survival. Since one in five people in the world rely on marine animals as a major source of protein, regulating traffic noise in important fisheries areas could help marine communities and the people that depend on them.” Read more here.More:

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Today in Reef Fashion: “Finding Nemo” – Footwear Edition

item L 4237286 1018071 Today in Reef Fashion: Finding Nemo   Footwear EditionSomeone proudly displayed these adorable Nemo-themed kicks only to crush my dreams and inform me they were no longer available. After a few hours of scouring the internet, and digging feverishly through eBay, I came back pathetically empty-handed. The limited edition Converses (that I could never actually fit my already admittedly tiny feet into – they’re for toddlers) were, indeed, unattainable. Not one who likes being told they can’t have something, I continued my search for an even cuter alternative. Finally finding some satisfaction in my endeavor, I was able to come across a few options. Good thing, too, as I was about to go out and get some plain white Converses and some Sharpies. Etsy has a happy little pair, or you can snag a pair of these Emu Boots. Bonus find – these killer socks.
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I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!

10556336 327968347370043 1936179471868301673 n 2 I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!Woke up this morning to find this adorable little guy on my news feed! Actually – given the  flower on the mantle, puckered lips and rosy hue, this guy might just be a girl, but who am I to sex octopus cupcakes? This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Ceph-inspired baking creations, (I still vote that Blue Ring cake should be served at MACNA) but it certainly is the most whimsical cupcake I’ve seen! Tragically, when I tried to contact Cotton Candy Bakeshop, they appear to no longer be operating. Here’s to hoping they’re simply taking a break – all that cuteness has got to be overwhelming. Not to be left out, flocks of teeny penguins assume their sugary positions, and a dive-themed cupcake tower may just be what I have as my next birthday cake (no need to point out this particular one was designer for a toddler). Hope this sweetens up your day! (Note: I cannot be held responsible for your diabetic coma – cupcake responsibly) Screen Shot 2014 07 29 at 10.35.48 AM 300x243 I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!   Screen Shot 2014 07 29 at 10.38.18 AM 300x212 I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!More:

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Finally! “Mermaiding” School Hits The Philippines!

Screen Shot 2014 07 28 at 12.05.25 PM1 Finally! Mermaiding School Hits The Philippines!I’ve been seriously waiting for this magical moment my whole life! OK, no. My initial reaction was honestly just “what in the..”, however, upon further reading I found it’s actually a really cool fitness concept developed by Anamie Saenz and Normeth Preglo. In 2012 they founded their Mermaid Swimming Academy, located on Boracay Island’s white beaches. The concept actually sounds like it would be quite effective – you’re fitted with a “mermaid tail” (they’ll teach you how to slip into your tail, as well as care for your fancy new fins) and forced to use your core muscles to propel yourself forward without looking like a complete idiot (Mermaids are creatures of beauty and finesse, let’s remember). Not to be left out, all ages of Mermaids and Mermen are of course welcome to join in on the fishy fun. Mermaid abs of steal, here I come! You can read more over at Distractify. Screen Shot 2014 07 28 at 12.04.00 PM1 Finally! Mermaiding School Hits The Philippines!More:

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