A new species of angler fish was discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. Three female fish were just found in the Gulf of Mexico. The fish have been named ‘Lasiognathus dinem’. Tracey Sutton, a researcher from Nova Southeastern University and Theodore W. Pietsch, from the University of Washington discovered the new species. “I recognized it as a new species fairly quickly because it was so distinctive,” said Sutton. Sutton and Peitsch’s findings were published in the Copeia Journal. The fish were found 3500-5000 feet below the surface. MORE
An video of two men cutting a whale shark into pieces, while allegedly still alive, is causing Chinese and International horror. Whale sharks are protected animals under Chinese and International Law. These gentile sharks are the biggest fish and shark in the World. Feeding off of Plankton, they are often captured in photographs roaming through the water with their mouths wide open. In 2014, the National Geographic published this article about the large number of Whale Sharks, over 600 per year, that were being slaughtered and ‘processed’ by a factory in Southeastern China. MORE
“My Kingdom for a Pair of Boots!” The refrain is the same from people throughout the aquatics industry; our saltwater work environment is hell on footwear. Over the years, I have destroyed countless pairs of boots, and, while there are a few tricks to reducing the damage, it only serves to delay the inevitable. After seeing how saltwater and salt spray have dissolved concrete down to powder, it’s no wonder that my boots don’t fair much better.
I usually buy two pairs of boots, so I can rotate them every other day to let each pair dry out before wearing them again. I have tried out boots of every quality level, but it doesn’t matter – if they are $30 or $200, they all meet the same fate. Over time, the corrosive, high saline solution eats away the leather, metal and rubber. The salt is an equal opportunity destroyer. Oftentimes, my laces fuse with the metal they feed through, leaving most of the lower laces locked in position, a shoelace rigor mortis if you will. I am currently in the danger zone. I waited too long to buy new boots because I hate the breaking-in process,and I am making do with these rather comfortable, but quickly disintegrating, foot covers. They mostly do the job that they were intended for, but I fear that their end is near.
The Vertex Omega 180i is the latest skimmer from Vertex, and was first presented at Nuremberg Interzoo. I tested this skimmer in a 400 liter SPS and LPS tank, with nutrient levels kept as low as possible. The tank formerly was in bad shape, due to its well known dinoflagellate problems. MORE