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Warm Water Blobs Threatens Ecosytem

blobWe all know that Global warming in recent years is at its highest levels. Global warming is a huge problem, of which we don’t even know the implications of the full long term impacts of this rapid climate change. Three different ‘blobs’ of warm water throughout the World are having a huge impact on the marine ecosystem. One blob is in the Bering Sea, one blob is located off the Coast of California and one blob is in the Pacific. The blobs can range in size. However, the Pacific blog is 1000 miles long, 1000 miles wide and 100 yards deep! Although the name ‘blob’ may not sound so imposing, these warmer waters are wreaking havoc on salmon and California droughts, just to name a few.… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #226


Quality Marine is offering commercially raised clown triggerfish from Biota Marine Life Nursery in Palau.

We’re back with more marine/reef/aquarium chit chat. This week’s topics include Rod’s Food, Reefapalooza, the MBI workshop, MASNA scholarships, captive breeding, and parenting. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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MBI Workshop
MBI Workshop, July 25, Cranbrook Institute, Bloomfield Hills, MI

MASNA Scholarships
MASNA Scholarship applications due June 19

Clown triggerfish
Commercially Raised Clown Triggerfish available now, Leonard Ho, Advanced Aquarist

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West Coast Jellyfish Invasion

 Millions of jellyfish are washing up on Washington and Oregon beaches. Velella Velella, also known as ‘sea-rafts’ due to their sail shaped fin, are all along the North West coast beaches right now. These bluish-purple jelly’s are rather beautiful to look at, but can scary to the average beach goer. Normally the winds keep these species from ending up on the beach. However, recent westerly winds have brought the jellyfish to the beaches. Luckily these jellyfish are harmless to humans, however, I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to step on one. MOREMore:

Charges Against Mother After Boy Falls In Cheetah Pit

 The Cleveland Metro Park Zoo is in the spot light for one Mom’s ridiculous behavior. An Ohio mom is being charged with misdemeanor child endangerment after her two year old son dropped nearly ten feet down into a Cheetah exhibit from the viewing deck. The mother was allegedly dangling the boy over the exhibit rail. The father was also present, but is currently not being charged. The parents went into the exhibit and retrieved their son without any interaction from the two cheetahs residing at the zoo.… More:

School of Baby Caribbean Reef Squids Video

embedded contentGood morning friends, as I drove into work this morning and looked into the water I saw our school of baby squids had seemingly grown overnight and figured there was no time like the present to jump in and shoot a little video for you all. These little sweethearts were born here and will stay here until they are old enough to head out to reef. I constantly see adult females laying eggs under our rocks and then “PRESTO” months later we have new baby squids. These here vary in size from about 1-4 inches and have been in our little protected lagoon for quite some time now, I’m thinking about a month. During the days and especially at night they are out hunting non-stop and they seem to have no problem catching small fish, they are master hunters

Olympic Sized Fish Kill in Rio

dead fish Water pollution is a big concern around the World. However, this very public recent mass fish kill, which occurred in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has gained national attention. Brazil will be hosting the 2016 Olympic games, and is under particular scrutiny. An investigation has been launched to figure out why scores of fish are dying in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. Last week footage was released of sailors crashing into floating debris and trash in Guanabara Bay.… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #225


Ricordia spring colors

It’s Reef Threads time once again. This week Christine and Gary discuss Papua New Guinea, pillar coral spawning, and power outages. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Gearing Up For Aquarium Market, Again, Thane Militz, Reef2rainforest.com

Pillar corals
Pillar corals bred in captivity for the first time, Shane Graber, Advanced Aquarist

When there is no power
Surviving Extended Power Outages, Christopher Marks, Nano-Reef.com

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Sleeping Stoplight Parrotfish Video Clip, Curacao

embedded content Hi friends, I have another fun video for you all today of a big adult Stoplight Parrotfish sleeping with his head propped up on a rock and his body laying in the sand. Aimee and I never get tired of seeing this, I mean who would have even guessed that fish sleep?? On any given night dive we see about 20-30 parrotfish, all different species and sizes fast asleep in the weirdest of places! For instance we usually see parrotfish stuck in tube sponges or laying flat up against rocks and it’s not uncommon to find them inside barrel sponges and hidden under algae, honestly if you really look they are everywhere! When I find them out in the open like this one they can be very hard to approach as light will scare them. I’ve learned that coming in very slowly with a non-threatening approach usually works, just be calm and quiet, get in and get out!

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