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Drifters: A look at some Sargassum invertebrates

P8080036sm Drifters: A look at some Sargassum invertebrates With a huge mass of Gulf Stream water much closer to shore than usual, we’ve had a rare opportunity here in New York to examine Sargassum communities. MORE

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New Coral Discovered In Red Sea

coral saudi New Coral Discovered In Red SeaI was fortunate enough to spend several years working as a marine biologist in the Red Sea off the Coast of Saudi Arabia. During my frequent dive trips, I had always hoped of discovering a new coral species. Alas, it looks like someone, well actually some scientists, have beat me to it. saudi coral 2 New Coral Discovered In Red SeaScientists have just discovered a new hard coral species, Pachyseris inattesa, in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea. The discovery is the latest in the ‘Biodiversity in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea Project’. This project started in 2012 with the goal of understanding the diversity in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea.Perhaps I will make it back to Saudi Arabia for the next discovery. Goes to show you there is plenty more to be discovered in our Oceans. MORE

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Worlds Largest Aquarium Opens in China

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Guinness Book of World Records
made it official Monday, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China has set five world records. Claiming the title to the largest aquarium in the world. This 12.87 million gallon behemoth touts the largest aquarium, largest aquarium window/ largest acrylic panel, and largest viewing dome. 

  

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Reef Threads Podcast #194

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Arm of a basket starfish.This week we talk about something for beginners and something for veterans. The beginner segment is mistakes to a avoid and the veteran segment is what to think about before turning your hobby into a business. We also learn that some people go to reef events carrying their own autograph pen so that they’re at the ready when a signature is requested. 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 #194

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VICE Magazine Vol. 21 No. 8

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VICE Magazine Vol. 21 No. 8 A morphing loop of ‘The Humongous Fungus Among Us Issue’ photographed under daylight, blacklight, and fluorescence filter. Be sure to pick up a copy of the August, 2014 offering from VICE Magazine, ‘The Humongous Fungus Among Us Issue’, which features a special blacklight-reactive cover depicting Zoanthus polyps cloned and photographed in the Coral Morphologic lab. The issue’s contents are also available online, including the cover story, ‘Miami Is Drowning‘, by John McSwain. Tags: Coral Morphologic, Miami, Vice Magazine This entry was posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 12:55 pm and is filed under Miami. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. More: VICE Magazine Vol. 21 No. 8

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Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition

IMG 8201sm Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition I found this tiny octopus last week, clinging to a piece of sargassum weed 20 miles off the coast of Long Island, NY. MORE

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Rare Jellyfish Spotted For First Time In 70 Years

 Divers have spotted a species of jellyfish which hasn’t been seen since 1945! The Drymonema dalmatinum, also known as The Big Pink, was spotted last week of the coast of Italy. This gorgeous jellyfish was first discovered in the 1880s by a German naturalist, but then it was not seen again since the 1940′s. Scientists have much to learn about this elusive species. Incidences like this illustrate how much of the Ocean we still don’t know about and previously thought to be extinct species may still be alive in the aquatic vastness.  MORE

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Hermit Crab City Scapes

 Aki Inomata, a Japanese artist, is taking art to a new level using hermit crabs as inspiration. Inomata used an abandoned seashell from a hermit crab who had decided to find a new home as her starting point. By scanning the interior of the shell, she was able to create replica designs. Using this blueprint, she created 3D printed shells, many of which are designed to look like cities in New York, Tokyo, Greece and Thailand. On Inomata’s website, she explains her thought process for creating these amazing hermit crab shells: “The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various national borders. Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely. It’s as if they were asking, “Who are you?””.  Can you imagine having one (or how about two or three actually) of these in your home tank? I know I will be adding this to my tank wish list. MORE

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