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Reef Threads Podcast #191

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #191

We have returned once again to do that podcasting thing that has become our habit. This week we talk about MACNA, Christine’s Project Oceanology trip, tools you should have, plumbing, and “vacation fish.” Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #191

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Blue-Light Diving, Blue-Light Underwater Photos

cc32Coral 1 Day 457x305 Blue Light Diving, Blue Light Underwater PhotosGood morning from Curacao! Once again we got a little rain this morning which as many of you now know, that’s a big deal! Our little island was severely suffering from a 6 month drought but is now slowly starting to green up again and we love it!! So yesterday I ended up doing three dives again, one before 9:30am, one at noon and one starting at 8:00 last night. I had spent much of the afternoon preparing for my night dive which involves setting up the camera with blue-filters over the strobes and a yellow filter over the lens to capture fluorescence on the reef at night. This new kind of night diving is called “blue-light diving” and it’s a total blast! MOREMore:

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Pederson Cleaner Shrimp with Eggs, Crustaceans

8ccfShrimp with Eggs 457x305 Pederson Cleaner Shrimp with Eggs, CrustaceansGood morning friends, it’s finally friday!!! Yesterday was busy around here. I did two dives, one for fun (playing with the baby squids) and one filming and photographing the submersible for a Dutch television program. One the first fun dive I found this very pregnant Pederson Cleaner Shrimp with a stomach FULL of Eggs, talk about cool! I’m sorry the photo is so small because the detail in the eggs is really amazing! The little momma shrimp never moved the whole time I was photographing her, she was completely fearless MOREMore:

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Swimming with a School of Baby Reef Squids

bad4BAR0202 457x305 Swimming with a School of Baby Reef SquidsHi friends, yes, more squids!!!! Aimee stopped by this morning and joined me for a fun dive with the baby Caribbean Reef Squids which are still hanging out in our little secluded bay. Aimee took the Ikelite/GoPro setup to shoot some video and I took the Nikon D-800 SLR setup to take photos of her shooting video. We decided to leave the Ikelite Vegas (video strobes) on the dock as the sun was shining and we were only in 5 to 10 feet of water, meaning we had plenty of natural night. The squids are getting very used to me and the big camera and the continuous flash doesn’t seem to bother them. During our fun little photo shoot the squids swam right up to my camera, I think they could see their reflections in my wide angle dome. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #190

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #190 To thrive, these feathers require a ton of phytoplankton every day.We’re back again, this time to talk more about Colin Foord, the Catlin Global Reef Record site, feather dusters, skimping or splurging on equipment, fancy versus function LFSs, and ich in bare-bottom tanks. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #190More:

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Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony Corals

5a84Elkhorn Corals 457x305 Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony CoralsGood morning friends, did you have a great weekend out there??? We sure did because our prayers have finally been answered, WE GOT RAIN!!! Yes our 6 month drought is finally over!! We woke to rain about 3:30 in the morning friday and it was still going into the daylight hours, it was fantastic!! MOREMore:

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Baby Caribbean Reef Squids, Sepioteuthis sepioidea

2e44Squids 457x305 Baby Caribbean Reef Squids, Sepioteuthis sepioidea
Good morning friends, I jumped in the water early this morning with camera in hand and photographed our school of baby Caribbean Reef Squids that have been living here since they were born. The squids range in size from around three to six inches and I counted around 35 of them. The squids seem very relaxed and they let me get very close and at times they were hovering around me and the camera, it was fantastic! Although the photo is small you can still see all their crazy iridescent colors which they have the ability to change in the blink of an eye, truly one of the hands down coolest creatures in the sea! I have found out that photographing these animals can be very difficult because of their eyes, too much light and it ruins the eyes and too little and the body is too dark, this was hot at 160-F13 making the squids colors perfect with no over-exposed eyes. The Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea), also known as just the Reef Squid, is a small (20 cm) torpedo-shaped squid with fins that extend nearly the entire length of the body and undulate rapidly as it swims. MOREMore:

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Mat Roy leaves Living Color

10171300 10152349479978908 5062828833889193980 n 199x300 Mat Roy leaves Living ColorNews that Mat Roy, President of Living Color and co-star of Fish Tank Kings on Nat Geo WILD is leaving his position at the company was quite a surprise to me. Having worked with the man for years, I know it was a difficult decision for him to leave the largest custom aquarium exhibit builder in the country, a company that he spent 20 years building.  … More:

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