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Terrifying Tentacles From The Deep: Monterey Bay Aquarium Ready For Halloween

 Ok, they’re not all that terrifying (to me, anyway), but they are quite mesmeric creatures. Last night I shared the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s adorably frightful e-cards, and they’re continuing in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve with a “Spooky Cephalopod” series. Displayed with an eerie red glow, the two featured videos thus far have been the Cock-eyed Squid and the Japetella octopus. The Cock-eyed Squid (featured above), of the genus Histioteuthis, is named so appropriately. Their right eye is normal – blue, sunken and appropriately sized. Then take a peak at their left side and there you’ll find a bulbous, tubular greenish-yellow eyeball nearly twice the diameter as the other, bulging from its mantle! Creepy. Scientists believe this discrepancy aids the squid in detecting different forms of light – the larger eye processing faint light from above, while the smaller eye focuses on the bioluminescence of the deep. Next up, the Japatella octopus, is actually a mid-water octopus. The lovely, spherical cephalopod has the neat ability to go from transparent to an opaque orange color thanks to chromatophores. While neither of these species are currently on display, the aquarium still has its “Tentacles” exhibit up and running. It’s near the top of my long list of trips to make before the year is over, perhaps I’ll get lucky and spot one of these fascinating subjects. . More:

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Presents Brilliant Spooky Showcase of Marine Life

tumblr ndk7blzHsr1qm9k25o9 250 Monterey Bay Aquarium Presents Brilliant Spooky Showcase of Marine LifeIn perfect classical horror movie fashion, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has put together a wonderfully spooky collection of e-cards starring some of the most frightening creatures of the deep. The Vampire Squid, a predatory tunicate, a viper fish, and a gape-mouthed sponge make an appearance, among others, all dubbed with adorable ghoulish titles.… More:

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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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