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This One’s For The Ladies – “Girls In Sciences” Maritime Aquarium Program Awarded $10k Grant

 I’m joking, this grant benefits anyone who benefits from scientific research – everyone. This post comes to you today in the form of a collaboration with guest blogger, and my good friend, Brooke. She discusses a $10,000 grant awarded to a “Girls in Sciences” after-school program at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. Read below for details on the wonderful program. Good work, doll, looking forward to more from you! MORE

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‘Flower Animals’ @ New Orleans Film Festival

nola ‘Flower Animals’ @ New Orleans Film Festival
This week we are psyched to share a new piece of Coral Morphologic video art at the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival. Flower Animals debuts this Friday, October 17th, and shows through Thursday, the 23rd upon the 40′ x 15′ video wall wrapping the Theatres at Canal Place. The work meshes seven films depicting vibrant morphs of the circumtropical soft coral, zoanthids, with datamoshes created by frequent CM collaborator Lucas Leyva. More: ‘Flower Animals’ @ New Orleans Film Festival

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Caribbean Reefs

frenchangel8 300x224 Caribbean ReefsA few years back, I visited the island of Bonaire, in the Dutch Caribbean. The island serves as an example of what can happen, when conservation takes the forefront, and is used as an engine of economic development. In 1976 the late Captain Don, (proprietor of Captain Don’s Habitat) realized that Bonaire’s most valuable resource lie not on land, but underwater. The island was surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, and the western side of the island rarely got dangerous oceanic conditions, making it perfect for scuba divers. The captain worked with the Dutch government, and a reef preservation program was put into place, and today the rest is history. Coral reefs around Bonaire rank as some of the most beautiful on planet Earth, and are home to 90% of all species that dwell in the Caribbean Sea. Massive populations of squid, octopus and tarpon are common sights, and the reefs are famous for macro sea life as well. As aquarists who focus primarily on fish and coral species from the world’s other side, it’s easy to forget the beauty and diversity of the MORE

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Coral Restoration Foundation Pioneer Ken Nedimyer Named ‘Sea Hero Of The Year’

dove Coral Restoration Foundation Pioneer Ken Nedimyer Named Sea Hero Of The YearA big congratulations to Ken Nedimyer, who has been named ‘Sea Hero of the Year’ by Scuba Diving and Oris Watches USA. Having had the pleasure of working with Kevin during his appearance on Fish Tank Kings and Fluval’s Coral Restoration Sponsorship, I believe that this award could not have gone to a better person. He has devoted years to promoting the conservation of coral reefs. Starting out his career as a fisherman and collector in the 1980′s, Ken noticed many corals in the Keys were dying. Kens passion became a mission to protect our coral reefs. Eventually Ken started the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), a non profit conservation organization dedicated ‘to creating off shore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species’. CRF is the leader in producing Staghorn and Elkhorn Coral. This most recent accolade only adds to his previous awards, which include being named CNN Hero in 2012. Ken is truly an inspiration to us all. MORE

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Swoon: Mr. DiCaprio Donates $2 Million To Ocean Conservation

closer variety leonardodicaprio 03 0208 bnz cmyk Swoon: Mr. DiCaprio Donates $2 Million To Ocean ConservationA man after my own heart, Leonardo DiCaprio, is more than just a pretty face – he’s actually quite the conservationist. Most recently, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated a generous sum of $2 million Thursday, October 16, 2014 to Oceans 5. The international funder’s collaboration works to establish marine reserves and put a halt to over-fishing. Here’s a few projects the grant will be supporting: MORE

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Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap

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Shark Feeding Frenzy

 Imagine going out for a walk on the beach, collecting shells, and you happen upon a school of 100 hungry sharks on a feeding frenzy just feet from the shore. This guy, Brian Recker, in Cape Lookout, North Carolina did just that. Lucky for us, he was able to catch it all on video, and thanks to the wonders of Youtube, we can also witness this seldom seen occurrence. MORE

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Harmless or Helpful Live Rock Hitchhikers: “Pods”

pods1 Harmless or Helpful Live Rock Hitchhikers: “Pods”Regular Saltwater Smarts readers often see references to them in Paul B’s posts. They arrive in our aquaria unbidden aboard chunks of live rock, in live sand, or on coral specimens attached to rocks. At a glance, they look like little insects scurrying over the rocks or swarming on the glass. I’m talking about “pods”—not the Invasion of the Body Snatchers kind (though we haven’t ruled that out completely with Paul B.), but the tiny crustaceans known as amphipods and copepods. Amphipods The first pods we’ll discuss—amphipods—are much larger than copepods and can be seen easily with the naked eye as they scramble among the rockwork, typically after lights out (they tend to make themselves scarce during daylight hours to avoid predation). These shrimp-like microcrustaceans, which are usually somewhere in the range of 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length with the occasional “whopper” making an appearance, look rather like commas with multiple segments and lots of legs. More: Harmless or Helpful Live Rock Hitchhikers: “Pods”

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