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One More Reason to Suit Up: Quicksilver Introduces Wetsuit… “Suits”

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 9.48.37 PM Because you never know when you want to head straight from the office to explore the shallow reefs, or perhaps you felt underdressed on your last dive? Or maybe just because these are bursting at the glue and blind seams with awesomeness and you know you want one. Ok, so this trio of super stylish “suits” from Quicksilver Japan is marketed towards surfers, but we see no reason why you can’t slip into this 4-piece (jacket, pants, suit and tie) 2mm neoprene garb, which comes in two business casual options, along with a fancier black-tie tuxedo, for a little light diving. Available for roughly $3,200, two week custom order and shipping, we’ll file this one under “completely impractical yet desirable”. 

How to Prevent Fish from Stealing Coral Food

Brain coral with feeding tentacles out at nightWhen it comes to acquiring food, fish will take the path of least resistance. And one of the best ways for a fish to score an easy meal is to snatch morsels away from their glacially slow-moving invertebrate tankmates. Heck, it’s practically like taking candy from a baby, except babies usually cry a lot louder when they’re robbed of treats. For hobbyists who keep corals or other invertebrates with a high demand for regular targeted feeding—e.g., many LPS corals and anemones—such food thievery can be a genuinely aggravating issue. The good news is, using one or more of the following techniques, it’s often possible to eliminate, or at least reduce, this bad behavior:Distract the culprits You may be able to buy your coral a few precious moments at mealtimes by first delivering food to the fish in another part of the tank and then quickly target feeding the coral. Of course, this is only effective if the fish haven’t already learned to identify the coral in question as a source of easy victuals. In that case, they’ll likely just gobble up their own food and then proceed to shake down the coral anyway MORE

Rock Flower Anemone Collection! CRAZY HD


These are beautiful rock flower anemones. Frost Nguyen had these at his vendor booth at the CMAS Frag Swap in Chicago. MORE

They don’t want your money honey, they want your love!

penguin waddle 2015For a week (13 – 18 April 2015), South Africans along the Western Cape coastline were dressing up in black and white and walking…and walking…and walking. The Waddle for a Week is an annual event that brings together committed, conservation-minded citizens keen to raise awareness about the plight of the African penguin. Starting in Gansbaai, the waddlers covered a 124km route along the Western Cape coast to raise awareness for the African penguin, which was once abundant in this area but is now endangered.  (Some scientists project that they could become extinct within the next 20 years due to a dramatic drop in the number of breeding pairs). MORE

Reef Threads Podcast #227

reefthreads This week we play What’s on the Home Page, in which we visit a bunch of websites and see what they have to offer. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine  

Mysterious Leech-Nado Invading Green Bay

 How would you feel encountering a swarm of leeches swimming in masses??!!! That’s the stuff of horror movies….and apparently Green Bay, Wisconsin. Shedd Aquarium fish ecologist Solomon David filmed this eerie footage. He is working with researchers at the American Museum of Natural Science to try and figure out the species of leeches and reasons for the swarm. Check out the creepy video and be thankful you don’t have to swim anywhere near this. MORE

Mystery Circles on Seahorse Solved? Watch out for the Asterina Stars


When are spots on a seahorse not spots? When they’re starfish bites. Recently, a fellow seahorse keeper Adrienne Smith asked about some unusual markings on her seahorses. More: Mystery Circles on Seahorse Solved? Watch out for the Asterina Stars

Without Fish, Sponges Smother Caribbean Corals

Credit: Joseph Pawlik, UNCWAs if corals didn’t have enough to contend with in nuisance seaweeds, another aggressive neighbour is moving in. Like seaweeds, sponges use an arsenal of toxins, mucus, shading, and smothering to kill nearby coral colonies and then, to add insult to injury, go ahead and grow on their skeletons. Furthermore, a recent survey of coral reefs across the Caribbean has shown that overfishing removes the predators of sponges, greatly increasing the threat to an already weakened population of corals. Headed by Dr. Joseph Pawlik at UNC Wilmington, the research team surveyed reefs from 12 countries across the Caribbean, where the combined effects of warming seawater temperatures, storms, and diseases have already decimated coral populations MORE

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