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Unboxed: AquaIllumination (AI) Hydra 26

As one of the leading suppliers of LED lighting solutions for aquaria, AI have built a fantastic reputation for both quality and innovation and can call an army of reef-keepers committed ‘converts’ to their products. It is their proficiency in this innovation which particularly draws our attention to their latest offering, the Hydra 26, which packs one almighty LED punch into the smallest of packages. In this unboxing review we take a preliminary look at the unit before we install it on our test system in the near future for a full operational review. So, first things first, yes this is a small unit. More: Unboxed: AquaIllumination (AI) Hydra 26

Swimming With Sharks At Florida Aquarium

sharkThe Florida Aquarium has a new 30 minute experience, Shark Swim, which allows anyone, ages 9 and up, the option to swim with sharks, without having to be scuba-certified. Four swimmers at a time, using a pole, are kept just below the surface of the water, using a small scuba tank, regulator and flotation device.shark 2 The tank has over 1,600 fish which include sea turtles, sand tiger sharks, sting rays, and many more. Guests will start their way from the shallow side of the tank ending up at the deep side, surrounding by sharks. Aquarium staff remain nearby during the swim in case aid is needed. The experience was previously only open to certified scuba divers. At $100.00 for the experience, this is a cool way for non scuba divers to get introduced to diving.MORE

Jelly Live Web Cam Launches At Monterey Bay Aquarium

 People love watching the mesmerizing, pulsing movements of our Jelly Fish Friends. Now you don’t even have to leave your home to do so. The wonderful folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium have brought us this amazing technology. They have been leaders in Jelly Fish displays for many years. The Jellies Experience, currently on exhibit, includes flower hat jellies, blubber jellies, elegant jellies, spotted jellies, Mediterranean jellies and comb jellies, just to name a few. These are some spectacular jellies that you can now watch from the comfort of your couch. If only I could get a Jelly Cam display on large screen for my own home. MORE

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Video: Gabon Creates Worlds Newest Marine Sanctuary

[embedded content] Encompassing some 18,000 square miles of ocean around the central African nation of Gabon, the world’s newest marine sanctuary was announced this week. Home to more than 20 species of sharks and rays, including threatened species like great hammerhead sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, and tiger sharks, protection of the area had been a major aim of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project, which conducted a marine survey of parts of the nation’s almost 500-mile (800-kilometer) coastline in 2012. Making the announcement on Wednesday at the opening of the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress, which has drawn several thousand delegates from 165 countries, the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, said: “Today I can announce our decision to create a network of marine parks covering about 23 percent of Gabon’s territorial waters and EEZ [exclusive economic zone], within which no commercial fishing will be allowed”. Via Newscientist More: Video: Gabon Creates Worlds Newest Marine Sanctuary

Holy Adrenaline Rush! Scuba Skydiving – Exactly What It Sounds Like

 This just made my bucket list. Here’s an absolute must watch video of PADI Diver Gulliver Page jumping from a helicopter in snorkel gear, plummeting into The Great Barrier Reef. Awaiting for him within the reef was his scuba gear, which he swiftly slipped into and took in the astonishing beauty of life. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to start a day. If you’re not certified yet, what are you waiting for?!  Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 8.43.09 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-13 at 8.43.43 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-13 at 8.43.50 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-13 at 8.43.47 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-13 at 8.44.16 PM

“Spineless” – Susan Middleton Delivers Painstakingly Intimate Imagery of Marine Invertebrates

embedly_image_710561b350a816d6ac01078b4a018e955d83f852.jpg.300x0_q85_upscaleNo, this isn’t an Idiot’s Guide to the Coward. In her new book, ‘Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of Life’, San Francisco based photographer Susan Middleton captures more than 250 photographs of the fragile critters across the Pacific Ocean. I received this book early this morning much to my delight, and felt like my 5-year-old self on Christmas tearing through the packaging. The book itself is stunning. And huge (hey, size matters).  What struck me right away once I was able to tear myself away from the adorable Cephalopod-plastered cover art was the forward. The wonder that is Sylvia Earle shares her insight on invertebrates, their significance and, most importantly, the state of our oceans and their contained ecosystems.  MORE

Fish Tank Kings Season 2 Now Avaiable on DVD

Just in time for the Holidays, Season 2 of Fish Tank Kings is now available for purchase via the National Geographic Online Store. With a cast of thousands (of fish)—Fish Tank Kings follows Florida-based custom aquarium specialists Living Color as they use their unparalleled skills, creativity, and teamwork to pull off the most extreme of these tanks, where the drama and pressure of the building process is nowhere as serene as the final product. 1095654Episodes included in the 4 disc box set are: 

  • The Amazing Aqua-Van
  • Big Bowl of Gumbo Limbo
  • Desperate Housetanks
  • Love’s A Beach
  • Turning a New Reef
  • Little Mermaids
  • There’s a Tree in My Tank
  • 14 Tanks and a Shipwreck
  • Shark Tank
  • Secret Crystal Cave Fish
  • The Fish Whisperer
  • Empire Tank Building
  • Jellyfish Jackpot
  • Go Fish!
  • Pufferfish Palace
  • Sweetest Tank on Earth

  MORE http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/dvds/new-dvds/fish-tank-kings-season-two-dvd-r-set

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