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Stunning Video On The Camouflage Of Pygmy Seahorses

 So, in the spirit of age old “chicken before the egg” inquiry, marine biologists over at the Steinhart Aquarium decided to explore the camouflage tactics of the adorable, wee pygmy seahorse. So here’s the deal – if a pygmy seahorse can’t blend perfectly into its environment, they’d surely die. They’d be too easy for predators to spot and snatch up. These little guys spend their days lounging around on sea fans. There’s yellow pygmies and there’s purple pygmies. The question? Do they change color to match each specific habitat or are they simply born this way? To find out, the biologists took itty-bitty baby yellow seahorses, which were a dull-brownish hue, and plopped them into tanks with purple sea fans. The result? They turned purple. So there you have it!

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Here’s a Heartwarming Story For You All

20141020__886751~p1_200What do you do when you’re an eleven year old boy diagnosed with terminal Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, a somewhat rare disease effecting one is every 3,600 boys? Ask Jacob Birx of Red Lion, as he was allotted a single wish from the Make-a-Wish Foundation this past May. Jacob opted to travel to Florida with his family to meet Winter, an inspirational dolphin with a prosthetic tail and the inspiration behind the movie, “Dolphin Tale”. The 2011 film tells the story of Winter who learned to swim all over again with and without his new tail at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. Thanks to Make-a-Wish, little Jake was able to meet the porpoise and even shake his fin and feed her some fish. His siblings were also able to meet Winter. Read more about the young, brave boy and his visit with his family to the aquarium over at yorkdispatch.com
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Your Daily Squee! Niagra Penguins Getting Ready For Halloween

5445c8cfdd9da.imageWell, Halloween has got to be one of my favorite holidays pretty much ever, it even trumps Christmas! Penguins are probably my favorite flightless bird. That’s why I’m so excited about what the Aquarium of Niagra is stirring up for the spookiest night of the year. Halloween Happenings is an annual celebration taking place every Halloween from 4 to 7pm. Admission is a measly $5, and kinder dressed in aquarium creature garb get in for free! So throw together that ‘nem costume and get ready to go! Adorable festivities such as a pumpkin treasure hunt, an All Hallow’s Eve-themed sea lion show, and trick-or-treat station shall ensue. Trophies will be awarded for Best Aquatic Costume and Best Overall Costume. Oh, and there will be penguins with pumpkins, need I say more?
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Winter is Coming…

reefs.comHeaters3As winter approaches many of us in cooler climates must prepare our aquariums for inevitable cold ambient temperatures. This generally means the introduction of one of the hobby’s most evil pieces of equipment, the dreaded heater. If you’ve been around the aquarium hobby in any capacity for more than a few months chances are you’ve heard a heater horror story. Most heaters on the market are absolute garbage. Yeah I said it, garbage! However there are a few that have been put through the paces over the years and proven themselves noteworthy, dare I say trustworthy? When coupling a good heater with some amount of redundancy you can sleep easier knowing that even if a heater should fail, chances are it won’t lead to any catastrophic animal losses. Should you decide to skimp out and go cheap in this area chances are your entire system is a ticking time bomb. Now if you’re one of the lucky few that has a fish room kept at a constant ambient temperature, or live in a region that stays stable enough to avoid heaters… the rest of us are jealous and you can go on living your stress-free lives without heaters at all, and skip this post completely. MORE

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Blue Light Corals, Blue Light Brain Coral


Good morning friends, I have a beautiful colony of some kind of Brain Coral for you all today photographed at night under blue-light. For me Brain Corals are very hard to identify, there is Symmetrical Brain Coral, Knobby Brain Coral, Grooved Brain Coral, Rose Coral (which looks like Brain Coral) and Boulder Brain Coral, you have to a coral expert to figure this stuff out! This half dome colony was around a foot across and was screaming to be photographed! When we do blue light dives Aimee usually does the searching and I do the shooting, that way you are constantly busy and not wasting time, it’s so much fun! MORE

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5 Myths About Marine Quarantine Tanks

Quarantine tanks are often discussed/written about as though they require very little effort, planning, or expense. Just dust off that 10-gallon plastic “critter keeper” sitting on the shelf, fill it with salt water, drop in a heater and sponge filter, and you’re good to go, right? Unfortunately, it’s not really that simple. One could argue that in their justifiable zeal to encourage marine aquarium hobbyists to quarantine all their livestock, some aquarium authors (myself included, admittedly) and others with a voice in the hobby have created some false impressions about the practice. Here are a few of the quarantine tank myths I’ve noted over the years—and probably even perpetuated to some degree: 1. A 10-gallon tank will do ya! More: 5 Myths About Marine Quarantine Tanks

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Sea & Reef Debut Their New Wide Bar Mocha Gladiator Clownfish


MORE: Sea & Reef Debut Their New Wide Bar Mocha Gladiator Clownfish

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New Sponge Discovered Off The Galway Coast

new sponge Christine Picton, a scientist at the Titanic Belfast, has discovered a new species of Sponge off the West Coast of Ireland. While exploring the continental shelf in a remotely operated underwater vehicle, Picton discovered the sponge growing on a piece of coral. While Ireland isn’t exactly known for their coral reefs, Ireland does have flourishing deep water coral reefs that are visually stunning. The new species has been named ‘Beauforti’ after the Beaufort Marine Biodiversity Research Award, the award which funded Picton’s research. MORE

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