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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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UPDATE! Our Lionfish Odd Couple Now Has Footage!

 As you recall I previously posted about the strange relationship between Jim Gryczanowski’s Pterois volitan and his Blue Stripe Amphiprion clarkii. Well today I have an exciting update for you with this fantastic video of the adorable duo! Jim reports this behavior has been ongoing for a few weeks now, and while the couple seem comfortable with their living situation, the Clown is reportedly a bit stingy, and has yet to share his food with Mr. Lion. Let’s hope she realizes quickly that you must feed your man if you’d like to stick around. I know for sure Jared would eat me if I didn’t cook a decent meal every once in a while.More:

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“Why Doesn’t The World Try to Blend in with Me?”: Incredible Stop-Motion Crochet ‘Quadrapus’


This video, brought to my attention by The Tentacle, started out quite whimsical and sweet. An adorable crochet ‘Quadrapus’ paints the town Blue, my favorite color, and everything he touches comes to life! I don’t want to give too much away, but the story takes a bit of a dark turn towards the end. I mean, I kept waiting for something to happen or change, and well, the end result is simply haunting. Originally a music video shot for Musician/Solo Artist Wax Tailor, I dare you to watch and not be even slightly impacted.… More:

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Holy Crap, Someone Bake Me This Immediately!

10175011 641309732584104 1584040988 n 300x198 Holy Crap, Someone Bake Me This Immediately!This cake is everything that is wonderful in my world! A fantastically executed octopus depicted here eating delicious sushi off an adorable little wooden table waving a pair of chopsticks around along with a few arms. The Evil Cake Geniuses over at Avalon Cakes in Denver, Colorado (maybe we can get one of these babies at MACNA this year?) dreamed this guy up and brought it to life flawlessly. Much too pretty to actually eat, I’d stare at this little guy all freakin’ day in awe. with all those arms flying about, an Octopus Sushi Chef would be both incredibly  talented and extremely deadly. I’d pay extra.  I hope no one lets him know that in Japan they have no problem eating octopus alive… :(. Thanks for sharing, Richard Ross!More:

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