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German Tourist Killed In Shark Attack Off Egypt’s Coast

map Very sad news coming from the resort town of Al-Qusair in Egypt this past Sunday. The Red Sea is a top diving location for scuba diving in the Middle East. It is the first fatal shark attack to occur in the region since 2010. According to reports, a 52 year old German tourist was swimming with his wife on a resort beach off the coast of Al-Qusair in Egypt when his leg was bitten by a shark. The species of the shark has not been confirmed. The last fatal shark attack in the area took place back in 2009. Further details about this unfortunate incident have not been confirmed.  MOREMore:

Police Arrest Walmart Fish Poisoners One Year Later

walmartPeople do strange and cruel things. Apparently at times for no reason at all. This appears to be clearly the case in a bizarre event which took place at Walmart in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Last year, police released video surveillance which showed two people dropping some sort of chemical solution into fish tanks in Walmart, and then just walking away.… More:

Update On World Aquarium: Passes Re-Inspection

544ab0bfa1bef.image (1) The World Aquarium,a nonprofit facility, has passed a re-inspection as of Friday and will remain open. This good news comes after the Aquarium was cited with a plethora of rather egregious violations last month that one would not equate with standard of care expected at a public aquarium. The violations alleged included contaminated water, empty fed bowls and general lack of cleanliness. The Aquarium is currently located inside downtown’s popular City Museum, and the aquarium has stated they will stay open and in business at least until Labor Day. Rick Erwin, the executive director of the City Museum, had previously stated that he asked the Aquarium to vacate, citing unpaid rent. On Saturday, after hearing the news that the Aquarium would stay open, Erwin stated: “If they passed their inspections, great. We’re happy for the animals.… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #222


A scene from Peter Hyne’s 1,300-gal. reef aquarium.

We’re back for another go at this reef-aquarium hobby. This week’s subjects include Peter Hyne’s Toronto aquarium, NERAC, Jimmie Yuen’s old-school equipment, and what is an advanced reef keeper. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Two Banded Coral Shrimps in a Vase Sponge

Good afternoon from Curacao! I’m busy in the deep-water lab today cleaning out my old photo aquariums and running around town buying some new ones. The aquariums themselves are in good working order and can be used for other things I just can’t use them to do photos in any more because of fine scratches on the front. When you combine a 105 macro lens with a Nikon D-800 and shoot at F-40 through the glass you pick up every little detail including fine scratches that look like they are on the fish but they are from the glass. That’s why it’s just easier to replace them regularly so you don’t have to spend hours working in Photoshop removing unwanted lines. My two Banded Coral Shrimps, Stenopus hispidus are still hanging out in the same vase sponge for months now, I stop and say hi to them every time I swim by

World Aquarium Cited For Dirty Facility and Unfed

WA-Home-Page-pic-960x720The vast majority of public aquariums and zoos care about their animals above all else. However, this appears not to be the case with the World Aquarium, in St. Louis, Missouri.The Aquarium was cited with numerous health inspector violations last month, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A popular local and tourist attraction, the aquarium has been open and operating as a non-profit for the last ten years. The Aquarium passed the November inspection with zero violations, but last month’s inspection yielded a litany of violations. Notably, the aquarium was cited for empty water bowls, contaminated water, and a general lack of cleanliness.… More:

Grooved Brain Coral, Diploria labyrinthiformis

Good morning friends, I’m off to a late start, had to do a quick dive to check a leaking housing that will now have to be sent off for repair. I have a drop dead beautiful colony of Grooved Brain Coral for you all today just sitting all by itself on a sandy plateau with no other corals in sight! These have to be some of the coolest looking corals on the planet, they can be found in the 3-135 foot range and can grow to be about four feet wide, this one here was about three. Grooved Brain coral colonies are known for forming beautiful hemispherical heads just like you see above. They have deep, often narrow, polyp bearing valleys that are separated by broad ridges with wide conspicuous trough-like grooves.

Ikelite, Fluoresence, Blue-Light Diving, UV Dive

Good morning friends! Our friends at Ikelite have just introduced a whole new line of products for all your blue-light diving needs. The photo above shows my Nikon D-300s all set up and ready to go. I have the Yellow Barrier Filter over my 105 macro lens, two Dichroic Excitation Filters over each of my DS-160′s strobes, a VEGA Video/photo light with a Dichroic Excitation Filter (to search with), a pair of Yellow Barrier Filter for the dive mask and my trusty Gamma LED (white light) which I use for an aid in focusing.

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