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The Isopod From Hell

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Picture of 9 days post hatch larva with Cirolanid isopod attached

Today while checking up on one of my larval rearing tanks, I spotted something unusual. At first, I thought that one of the larvae had consumed something that was too large for it because it looked like its stomach was protruding. I removed the larva to further examine it under a microscope. To my surprise, I discovered that there was an isopod attached to my fine larva. It was a Cirolanid isopod of the order Isopoda. Cirolanids come in MORE

Newsday at the Long Island Aquarium

Credit: Newsday/ Thomas A. Ferrara

 Joe Yaiullo and his world-renowned aquarium and staff got to play host to Newsday’s Jimin Kim this week, and provided the reporter and his photographer, Thomas A. Ferrara, with a myriad of fascinating, behind-the-scenes views of the daily workings.  The media team turned their tour into a photo essay, which you can see here. MORE

New Goby Named For Smithsonian Sub

Publishing their study in the open-access journal ZooKeys, Drs Carole Baldwin and Ross Robertson from the Smithsonian Institution recently described a new species of Goby from the mesophotic zone, some 70-80m below the surface, in the southern Caribbean. Differing from its relatives not only in habitat but also size, the new Goby also exhibits distinctive colours and has been named Coryphopterus curasub in recognition of the Curasub submersible that was used in it’s discovery. These activities are part of the institution’s Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP). Slightly more catchy, the new goby has been assigned the common name of ‘Yellow-spotted Sand Goby’. MORE

Surfing Champ Attacked By Great White Sharks On Live TV

As if this summer of high profile shark attacks couldn’t get any worse, a  professional surfer had an extremely close encounter with two sharks during a competition in South Africa on Sunday — and the entire dramatic ordeal was captured on live TV. 391857-40d2e086-2e1b-11e5-acc9-b1d2ead0aaf5 (1) Thankfully, the three-time World Surf League champion from Australia Mick Fanning was able to fend off the attack and escaped the dramatic confrontation unharmed. Fanning stated in an interview after the encounter that he punched one of the sharks in the back! But the scare led organizers of the J-Bay Open in Eastern Cape to cancel the finals.  MORE

Sharks swarming in Britain

When you think of a large school of sharks swimming close to shore Britain is not the first place that typically comes to mind.  But, this week, a school of dozens of Starry Smooth-Hound Sharks (Mustelus asterias) was filmed gathering in a small inlet in Britain’s Medmerry Nature Reserve to feed. The sight of around 50 protruding fins is pretty cool. MORE

The Pyramid Butterflyfish: A Hardy, Reef-Safe Chaetodontid

Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys polylepis)While many of the butterflyfishes are challenging—if not outright impossible—to maintain in captivity for one reason or another, there are various species that go against the grain and make excellent or reasonably solid aquarium candidates. Among the “reasonably solid” species is the pyramid butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys polylepis)—a generally hardy, adaptable, not-too-difficult-to-feed, and beautiful chaetodontid from the Indo-Pacific. I wouldn’t rate this species foolproof by any means, but it’s fairly durable as butterflyfishes go. Physical traitsH. polylepis is highly laterally compressed (flattened from side to side—typical of butterflies) with a relatively short snout and small, terminal mouth. Its head is brownish in color, and it has a broad, white pyramid-shaped pattern on its flanks, from which its common name is derived. MORE

A Bag That’s GOOD for the Ocean

ocean cleanup 2 The Ocean Cleanup was founded in 2013 in the Netherlands by Boyan Slat, and is now the world’s largest cleanup initiatives. Approximately 100 volunteer scientists and engineers have contributed to this project, which will use long floating barriers to let the ocean current concentrate the plastic itself. They project that a 62 mile cleanup array, deployed for 10 years, will remove 42% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or 155,029,063 pounds of plastic. MORE

TripAdvisor announces Traveler’s Choice Zoo’s and Aquariums 2015

oceanario-de-lisboaIt’s that time of year again… TripAdvisor announces Traveler’s Choice Zoo’s and Aquariums. The number one aquarium in the United States this year is the Georgia Aquarium, while the number one aquarium in the World goes to Oceanario de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal.  MORE


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