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Rescued Great White Shark Likely Still Alive

In July, a young Great White Shark became stranded on a Cape Cod beach. People on the beach saw the shark in distress, and came to its rescue by throwing water on its gills to help it breath. State Officials were immediately called and were able to drag the shark into deeper waters using a long rope that was attached to a motor boat. The shark was kept close to the boat and water was poured over its gills until it eventually was able to swim away. Researchers were concerned based on the injuries the shark sustained while it was beached, including overheating and oxygen depletion. Inexperienced juvenile sharks are more likely to become beached, as they can get confused when they are not in their deep sea environment, when they encounter sand and rocky shore lines. MORE

The Yellow Clown Goby: A Practically Perfect Nano Candidate

Yellow Clown Goby (Gobiodon okinawae) perching in coralsNano marine aquarium enthusiasts must be very discerning in their livestock selections to ensure any specimens they choose won’t outgrow their systems. Reaching a maximum size that can best be described as miniscule, the yellow clown goby (Gobiodon okinawae) is a pretty safe bet in this regard. It’s also charming, attractively colored, relatively outgoing and active, and typically very inexpensive to boot. Physical traitsG. okinawae is a uniform canary yellow in coloration. Its general body shape is somewhat similar to that of clownfishes, hence the “clown goby” moniker applied to it and its congeners. Size-wise, this western Pacific species is among the smallest fish available in the hobby, growing no larger than around 1 to 1½ inches. MORE

Proposal To Remove Exotic Fish In Kelly, Wyoming

kellyKelly Warm Spring in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, has been an illegal dumping ground for non-native aquarium fish since the 1940’s. The non-native fish have become a threat to native species. Aquarium dumping is a widespread problem throughout all of the Unites States.  You can see goldfish, madtoms, and bullfrog tadpoles, non-native species that were dumped illegally, throughout the springs. MORE

New Coral Species Found in Tasmanian River Estuary

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It may be a bit surprising that previously undescribed species can still be discovered in an area such as the rocky reefs of the Tamar River Estuary in Tasmania, which is fairly well studied and frequently photographed by recreational divers. Yet, that is exactly what occurred when Megan Dykman, a 22-year-old graduate student with the Institute for Marine Antarctic Studies (IMAS), conducted a study of the area between Beauty Point and Low Head, just beyond 10-15 meters of depth. Originally intending only to survey the known flora and fauna in the estuary, Megan ended up inadvertently finding what may turn out to be at least four new species of soft coral, possibly representing two new genera. Of 46 specimens, as many as six appeared to be unknown. Descriptions of these new species suggest that they are quite beautiful, exhibiting rich pink, orange and yellow coloration. In what could be taken as a bit of an understatement, she explains that “we know precious little about the ecology of soft corals in temperate regions such as Tasmania. Identifying the species is really just the start of understanding their role in these complex ecosystems.” To see her work in the sponge gardens of the Tamar Estuary, see the following video:

World Champion Freediver Natalie Molchanova Presumed Drowned

free diver Natalia Molchanova, regarded as the World’s greatest competitive free diver, has been presumed drowned. Molchanova was teaching a private freediving lesson off the coast of Spain with friends, and had gone down for a recreational dive herself, when she didn’t come to the surface. Her friends called the authorities, who searched the surrounding area for two days with helicopters, underwater robots and boats. The authorities have stated that it is believed that Molchanova encountered a strong current while swimming down to 115 feet without fins. Molchanova was known as the ‘queen’ of freediving, and could hold her breath for up to nine minutes. At 53, born in Russia, Molchanova held an impressive 41 World records and 23 World Titles. Freedivers hold their breaths for minutes at a time, while they swim to depths of 200 feet or more on a single breath. Freediving is arguably one of the most challenging extreme sports, and requires extensive training. MORE

Deep French Butterflyfish, Prognathodes guyanensis

Good afternoon from Curacao… Here is a beautiful Deep Water French Butterflyfish, Prognathodes guyanensis, that we recently discovered at around 450 feet! It measures about four and a half inches in length. The main differences between the juveniles and adults are the black spot on the juvenile’s back, and it’s first two dorsal fins are black, other than that you would almost think they are the same exact fish. The little juveniles are so fun to watch, they really keep busy and boy are they fast! For a photographer, this fish can be a real challenge to shoot as it’s black and light yellow…MORE

Massive Tiger Shark Allegedly Caught After It Swallowed A Hammerhead Shark

tiger shark This massive 18 foot Tiger Shark photo is creating quite the stir in the Media. This story has not been confirmed, and it is not clear if this is in fact a legitimate photo. There are multiple versions of the actual circumstances surrounding the sharks alleged capture, which are circulating around the inter webs. Allegedly, the shark was caught by a fisherman named ‘Matthew’. He stated he had a Hammerhead Shark on his line, when this 18 foot Tiger shark came and swallowed it. Some stories referenced that the sharks death may have been the result of a kill order, based on recent shark attacks in the 7 mile beach area. Other sources stated the shark could of been caught in nets. There were also reported stories that the shark was handed over to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which is the Australian governmental agency responsible for scientific research. MORE

Reef Market: Jewelry Inspired by Coral

 Isn’t this jewelry lovely? Jen at Nautical Wheeler Jewelry is responsible for the design and creation of each handmade piece, inspired by her travels all over the world. Whether its a gift to thank your patient reef widow for her continued support of your awesome (but very time-consuming and messy) hobby or a pick-me-up to get yourself through these last days of summer, Jen’s meticulously detailed pieces are just perfect.  My favorite item on her site are these coral reef earrings, which resemble coral branches arranged in a teardrop shape, a unique interpretation of a common theme. They’re fun without being kitschy; elegant rather than cute. They come in either gold-plated or silver-plated brass and measure 1.5″x3/4″. MORE is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.