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Mmmmm… Human Chum.

c4892b3773f4b7153a3f34199f581b051 300x211 Mmmmm... Human Chum. Now that we’re all properly lubricated from yesterday’s booze post, let’s talk about food. For all you weirdos out there who can’t sustain yourselves on sunshine and alcohol alone (vodkasynthetic), I’ve compiled a selection of Shark Week themed snacks for you. Let’s just get right into the nitty-gritty and start with my personal fave, “Human Chum”. Now this video, circa Shark Week 2013 demonstrated by Epic Meal Time’s Harley Morenstein, is old news. That doesn’t make it any less awesome or delicious so I implore you to take note and update your shopping list.  No worries, no actual human dismemberment is involved – just bacon and Nutella. Do I have your attention yet? Good. So “Human Chum” is basically candied bacon with brown sugar and cinnamon, dipped in delicious things like Nutella and Marshmallow Fluff. Tip from personal experience – don’t cheap out. Applewood smoked thick-cut bacon and real Nutella. I’ll leave you with that and move on. Mashable has a decent list of Shark-Themed goodies - cupcakes and crackers and cakes, as well as one of my weaknesses – shark gummies (no joke, I had them at our wedding at the candy bar). Too lazy to do any of this? No problem. Grab some ketchup, some chicken fingers and an adult beverage of your choice and throw your own party!
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What Will You Be Serving at Your “Shark Week Kickoff Party”?

il 570xN.446060735 308x 300x197 What Will You Be Serving at Your Shark Week Kickoff Party?If you still haven’t the slightest idea, allow this booze-savvy fish nerd to help you out. Whether you’re an avid beer-snob like myself, or a liquor-loving purist – I have tons of options and recipes for you thanks to my best friend, Mr. Google. Let’s start out simple with Beer and Wine before we unleash the open-bar with some top shelf concoctions. Beer is always a crowd pleaser, everyone loves cracking open a cold one straight from the cooler. The perfect summer beverage. This being said, I strongly encourage you pick up a case or two from this listDogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is hands down my favorite, and will be residing in my fridge for all of Shark Week (bonus – they also make Rums, Vodkas and “Jin” now, but we’ll get to that). The Hammerhead IPA listed comes in at a close second for me. Moving right along, we’ll get to wine. Properly going with the theme, let’s stick to blood red. I mean, let’s go all-out badass with an Australian wine maker who’s swam with Great Whites who he himself goes by the nickname “The Great White”, Greg Norman. The Cabernet wins my heart here based on description alone, “Intriguing flavors black currant and plums, silky textures and velvety tannins with hints of spice and dark cocoa.” Coming in at a close second is their sparkling varietal because – BUBBLES! Now that I hope I’ve satisfied all you shark loving’ Winos, let’s move onto the fun stuff. Bloody cocktails! Grab a glass and a bottle of mentioned Dogfish Head Wit Spiced Rum and get mixing. 3/4 oz Dogfish Head Spiced Rum, 3/4 oz light rum, 1/2 oz blue Curacao liquer, 1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix, 3 drops grenadine syrup. Shake, strain, and you’ve got yourself a “Shark Bite”, you’re welcome. King of useless internet lists, Buzzfeed, has a ton of these, as well. Hope I was able to help you guys make informed beverage decisions this week. Mandatory PSA – drink responsibly. Especially if, like me, you will be out on a boat in search of Great Whites this week, falling overboard is not encouraged. Cheers! dogfish head 90 minute ipa 150x150 What Will You Be Serving at Your Shark Week Kickoff Party?  cabernet sauvignon main 150x150 What Will You Be Serving at Your Shark Week Kickoff Party?shark bite cocktail 150x150 What Will You Be Serving at Your Shark Week Kickoff Party? witspiced web 150x150 What Will You Be Serving at Your Shark Week Kickoff Party?

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A Real Fish Matrix

 Pressures like habitat loss and over fishing have been placing extreme pressures on wild fish stocks for decades. To help mitigate the pressure on wild fish stocks, man has increasingly turned to aquaculture. With the rising demand for aquacultured products, more money is being spent on researching more efficient production techniques.  A company called   Hawaii Ocean Technology, Inc. has created ‘The Oceansphere’ which is a whole new level of aquaculture. The Oceansphere allows fish farming to take place in the open ocean. The project has been underway for many years, and there has been a large amount of opposition and legal battles fought. Meant for deep ocean water, the design promotes responsible fish farming and can produce amounts of fish in quantities not currently matched in current fish farming. The design and complete protocol is still under development, but the Oceansphere should have its first harvest by 2017.  MORE

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Meanwhile, in the “Super Rare Mind Blowing Face Melting Anthias” Category…

10552530 920658207961343 1773818566119633674 n Meanwhile, in the Super Rare Mind Blowing Face Melting Anthias Category...Holanthias fuscipinnis has been long regarded as a Holy Grail Fish, but this super-flamboyant juvenile appears to top anything we’ve seen so far from this species. In an almost fantastical “can’t possibly be real” photographic capture, we’re left with mouths agape and drooling. Unfortunately, the species is incredibly rare – this may be as close as we all shall get to the sunny little guy. Discovered by Matthew Ross and photographed by Keoki & Yuko Stender of Hawaii, at the North Shore of O’ahu at about 120 feet (surprisingly shallow for the species, usually spotted between 300-400 feet) – we’re dying to see more.

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Sex On The Reef Under A Full Moon

coral Sex On The Reef Under A Full MoonIt’s that time of year again: coral spawning. Each year, many divers and snorkelers flock to the Keys in hopes to witness this rare and special event. Anyone who has seen mass coral spawning in the wild knows what I mean. It is an amazing site to see millions upon millions of organisms spawning almost simultaneously. Although this marvelous event cannot be predicted preciously, it is expected to take place on the August and September Full Moons, which are on August 10 and September 8 this year. MORE

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Wait, What? Giant, Tentacle-less Species of Irukandji Jellyfish Discovered Off Australian Coast

lead large 300x200 Wait, What? Giant, Tentacle less Species of Irukandji Jellyfish Discovered Off Australian CoastNormally no bigger than your fingernail, the Irukandji Jellyfish is infamous for being extremely venomous. The newly discovered Keensingia gigas, however, is peculiar in a number of ways - firstly in its extraordinary size (about an arm’s length) and secondly, it’s apparent lack of tentacles. While Keensingia was actually first observed and photographed in 1980, the first specimen was not captured until 2013 by John Keesing, from where the jellyfish gets its namesake. Lisa-ann Gershwin, the director of Marine Stinger Advisory Services, identified this particular Irukandji as a new species and is perplexed by it’s lack of tentacles. “Jellyfish always have tentacles … that’s how they catch their food,” she said. “The tentacles are where they concentrate their stinging cells”. Must be some hungry jellyfish – or maybe there’s a simple explanation. “I think more probably it does have tentacles but by random chance the specimens that we photographed and obtained don’t have them any more”. Sounds to me like these not-so-little guys have a decent sense of humor, “Silly humans can’t figure out what we do with our tentacles, mwahaha!”.      

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We’ve Waited All Year For This – Start Off Shark Week the Right Way!

10547933 10153021980773356 5171142473732675439 o 2 682x1024 Weve Waited All Year For This   Start Off Shark Week the Right Way!At least I have, and I have big plans for this year’s Shark Week Kick Off over at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center. If you’ve ever been to their past events, these guys really know how to treat their guests to an unforgettable and exciting experience.
“It’s almost here… SHARK WEEK! Join us as we kickoff the most fun week of all with a Family Fun Day on August 9th! We’ll have Discovery Channel and Optimum join us with games, prizes, face painting, a sneak preview of a new SHARK WEEK episode, a presentation by Emmy Award winning videographer and shark expert Andy Casagrande and more! Don’t miss the fun, it’s going to be Jaw-some!”
Hear that, guys? JAW-SOME!!! Bonus 30% off admission for Optimum Rewards Members (damn you, Verizon!) and if you hurry,  the first 27 families get in FREE! Yes, gratis - in honor of the 27th year of Shark Week. So if you’re local and still debating how to spend your “Shark Week”end, I highly suggest paying these guys a visit. If you’re tragically out of reach – I fully intend to do a shark dive in the near future and will share so you can live vicariously through my experience. Get ready for some Shark Post Overload!

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The Role of Magnesium in Marine Aquarium Chemistry

magnesium1 The Role of Magnesium in Marine Aquarium ChemistryOne of the big differences in moving from freshwater systems to saltwater systems is a greater emphasis on water chemistry. There is a pretty steep learning curve to get a handle on all the different chemical parameters, and it can be a source of frustration for many aspiring reef hobbyists. In aquariums with an abundance of stony corals, the levels of calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium are important to monitor. This article will focus on magnesium, an important but often overlooked ion in reef chemistry. What is the role of magnesium in the reef aquarium? First off, it is the third most abundant ion in salt water. More: The Role of Magnesium in Marine Aquarium Chemistry

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