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Goliath Grouper Eats Shark Whole!

 While fishing off the West Coast of Florida, one fisherman got quite the surprise. While at first the man seem’s very excited to reel in a small black tip shark, the tides quickly turn when another fish quickly comes into the mix to take the catch. Not long after the shark is on the line, does a large fish, what appears to be a Goliath Grouper, come out of nowhere and inhale the shark! The commentary by the fisherman is rather entertaining. The Goliath Grouper is found in shallow warm waters off the coast of Florida and the Caribbean. The fish can reach lengths up to 16 feet and weigh up to 800 pounds. The fish are currently are on the endangered species list. Although its hard to imagine such a large fish being subject to predators, Groupers have been sought after by humans both for their meat and for game fishing, and only recently as the 1980′s have become protected. MORE

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Reef Threads Podcast #195

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #195 A tang with attitude.This week’s podcast topics include MACNA, gluing frags, sea smells, frag tanks as displays, and buying high-end equipment. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to meeting people at MACNA and sharing what we see and hear with those who can’t attend. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #195

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The Top Five Speakers I Can’t Wait to See!: Part Three

photo 261x300 The Top Five Speakers I Cant Wait to See!: Part ThreeNot to waste a second, I have quite a few blogs to get in before MACNA, I present to you the next speaker I’m all hyped up about this year (this list is in no particular order, by the way). Another individual I’ve had the pleasure of spending priceless time with – Dr. Sanjay Joshi! In real life, Sanjay is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University, but in his downtime – he’s been rocking the aquarium world since 1992. The lighting guru educates the reef hobbyists of the world on system design, general reef husbandry, and lighting (obviously) through mediums such as Reefs Magazine, Advanced Aquarist and Marine Fish and Reef Annual, to name a few. Joshi was the recipient of the MASNA award in 2006. He’s also a killer roller coaster partner. This year, Sanjay will be discussing his personal experience of converting a 500 gallon reef from metal halides to LED and the results he observed throughout the process. Sounds like it can be really informative and educational for anyone looking to make the switch themselves. Check back soon for my fourth installment of my Top Five!
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Long Island Collecting Log: Deepwater squirrelfish makes a rare appearance

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Sargocentron bullisi, the Deepwater Squirrelfish. Caught in Southampton, NY

 Although it is not uncommon for the squirrelfish, Holocentrus adscensionis to show up in Long Island waters as a tropical stray, the deepwater squirrelfish, Sargocentron bullisi is a far less frequent visitor. MORE

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Lower Keys Coral Bleaching Report (August 22, 2014)

600stag Lower Keys Coral Bleaching Report (August 22, 2014)
Having been preoccupied with the Miami Coral Rescue Mission this summer, we finally made our first excursion to the Lower Keys this summer on Friday August 22. Sadly, we found that a distressingly high percentage of corals living on the reefs in Hawk Channel are severely bleached. Most of the staghorn corals that we saw were severely bleached or actively dying, though there were a few hardy exceptions. Nearly all of the brain corals were bone white. All over the reef we observed an unhealthy mix of cyanobacteria and algae proliferating on previously dead coral skeletons. Even the normally hardy gorgonians, corallimorphs, and zoanthids showed significant bleaching on all three patch reefs we checked. The water temperature was an uncomfortable 89 degrees on the bottom. Without strong winds or storms to More: Lower Keys Coral Bleaching Report (August 22, 2014)

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The Top Five Speakers I Can’t Wait to See!: Part Two

julian sprung 235x300 The Top Five Speakers I Cant Wait to See!: Part TwoThe speaker I was originally planning on talking about next I decided to save for last as I’d like a bit more time to put something a little more exemplary together. So moving on, I’ll get right into the next speaker I’m psyched for. I’ve actually had the honor of having dinner with this individual at the 2014 NERAC conference at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center. This lucky girl got to sit right next to him and pick his brain along with fellow fish geeks, Charles Delbeek, Dr. Andrew Rhyne and Christine Williams (Jared was there, too). I asked him all about how he got started in the hobby, and he asked me ground breaking questions about what it’s like to own a chinchilla. Julian Sprung, accomplished author along with Delbeek to what is widely regarded as The Bible for Reefkeeping, The Reef Aquarium: A Comprehensive Guide to the Identification and Care of Tropical Marine Invertebrates, a three volume series. Julian’s company, Two Little Fishies also offers many more informative books and high-quality aquarium equipment. There’s many things I’m looking forward to from Julian this year at MACNA – he will be debating refugiums with Jake Adams, as well as holding a round table discussion about the plans of compiling a list of endangered and threatened SPS corals and the negative effects that would have on the species as well as the aquarium hobby. Yea, I’m definitely excited for all of that, and I hope to get the chance to meet him again.
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California Earthquake Nearly Kills Aquarist

1240x1240 168x300 California Earthquake Nearly Kills AquaristSteven Smith of Napa California is lucky to be alive after his ~25 gallon fish tank weighing hundreds of pounds crashed down onto his head during Sundays 6.0 earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area. Luckily, Smith was sleeping face down and avoided more serious injury, but still sustained a badly cut arm that needed more than 12 stitches and a few staples in his scalp. “I was in shock,” said Smith. “I didn’t know what happened. I felt liquid running down my body. I rubbed my head and noticed I had blood on my hand.” Smith is expected to fully recover from his injuries and is taking the incident lightly and with a smile in a picture taken just minutes after the accident. Read more here.

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Sleep With The Fishes: Underwater Hotels

These hotels take sleeping with the fishes to a new level. The Manta Resort, recently opened this year in Pemba Island, Zanzibar, it is a stunning property that features rooms located 1300 below the Indian Reef, giving hotel guests the amazing views of it’s rich coral reef. The island is very remote, with the website advising that although the island does contain dirt roads, the only sensible way to arrive is charter flights. And at this point, if you are spending the nights watching the coral reefs from your bed, you might as well through in the charter flight. For approximately $1500/night, you can check into the underwater bedroom. Spotlights are located outside of the underwater bedroom windows, to attract marine life. Not all underwater hotels have to be tropical destinations, on the other side of the World, you can check into the Utter Inn in Sweden. A charming red room in the center of a Lake. Visitors are taken to their hotel room on an inflatable raft. The bedroom windows also feature panoramic views. Once you are in your hotel room, you can’t leave until you are picked up the next morning, so make sure you pack well. Interestingly enough, both of these amazing properties were created by Swedish artist Mikael Genberg, who has opened Genberg Underwater Hotels, with the goal of creating a series of underwater properties. MOREunderwater hotel Sleep With The Fishes: Underwater Hotelsutter inn 300x163 Sleep With The Fishes: Underwater Hotels               manta resort underwater room Sleep With The Fishes: Underwater Hotels

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