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Cherry Corals to Giveaway Awesome Colorado Sunburst Anemone at RAP

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Somewhere Along the Western Coast of Nassau, Bahamas, a Girl Carries The Weight of the Ocean on Her Shoulders

ocean atlas jason decaires taylor nassau bahamas 003 jason decaires taylor sculpture 225x300 Somewhere Along the Western Coast of Nassau, Bahamas, a Girl Carries The Weight of the Ocean on Her ShouldersJason deCaires Taylor, famous sculptor known for his underwater works that double as artificial reefs, introduces to us “Ocean Atlas”. Stemming from the Atlas narrative, the young Bahamian girl is depicted holding up the weight of the ocean on her shoulders just below the surface of the Atlantic. Commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), the massive sculpture is an ominous reflection of the burden we’re passing down to future generations, and is the largest resident in an underwater sculpture garden. The garden also features sculptures by local artists Willicey Tynes and Andret Jones, as well as an artificial reefball trail. In order to sustain marine life, and ensure they colonize and thrive within the garden, the pieces are constructed with sustainable pH-neutral materials. I really am quite taken by all of these artificial reefs. They combine stunning artwork with an incredible goal to preserve and encourage our reefs to flourish. I do hope to visit at least a few at some point in the future.
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Fish Eye Photo, Glasseye Snapper Eye

8b93Fish Eye web Fish Eye Photo, Glasseye Snapper EyeGood morning friends, we started our Caribbean morning out with a massive tropical downpour and we are loving it!! These next few months are typically our wet months and it’s looking like we are off to good start which is great for the island, bad for mountain biking! So how was your weekend out there??? Mine was fairly busy and a lot of fun. MORE

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Whoa There, Daddy! I’m So Happy Humans Don’t Give Birth Like This

 I’m pretty terrified to have just one baby, but HUNDREDS? Take a looksie and this incredible video of a seahorse bursting hundreds of tiny little seahorse babies out of his robust pouch. This video is old news, 2009, but it’s the first time I’ve caught a glimpse of it, so I felt compelled to share in case some of you reef lovers missed it as well. For those of you who have seen it, well, maybe you want to revisit it in all of it’s baby seahorse glory. Props to seahorse dads, those guys are troopers.

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Stunning Video On The Camouflage Of Pygmy Seahorses

 So, in the spirit of age old “chicken before the egg” inquiry, marine biologists over at the Steinhart Aquarium decided to explore the camouflage tactics of the adorable, wee pygmy seahorse. So here’s the deal – if a pygmy seahorse can’t blend perfectly into its environment, they’d surely die. They’d be too easy for predators to spot and snatch up. These little guys spend their days lounging around on sea fans. There’s yellow pygmies and there’s purple pygmies. The question? Do they change color to match each specific habitat or are they simply born this way? To find out, the biologists took itty-bitty baby yellow seahorses, which were a dull-brownish hue, and plopped them into tanks with purple sea fans. The result? They turned purple. So there you have it!

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Here’s a Heartwarming Story For You All

20141020  886751p1 200 Heres a Heartwarming Story For You AllWhat do you do when you’re an eleven year old boy diagnosed with terminal Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, a somewhat rare disease effecting one is every 3,600 boys? Ask Jacob Birx of Red Lion, as he was allotted a single wish from the Make-a-Wish Foundation this past May. Jacob opted to travel to Florida with his family to meet Winter, an inspirational dolphin with a prosthetic tail and the inspiration behind the movie, “Dolphin Tale”. The 2011 film tells the story of Winter who learned to swim all over again with and without his new tail at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. Thanks to Make-a-Wish, little Jake was able to meet the porpoise and even shake his fin and feed her some fish. His siblings were also able to meet Winter. Read more about the young, brave boy and his visit with his family to the aquarium over at yorkdispatch.com
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Your Daily Squee! Niagra Penguins Getting Ready For Halloween

5445c8cfdd9da.image  225x300 Your Daily Squee! Niagra Penguins Getting Ready For HalloweenWell, Halloween has got to be one of my favorite holidays pretty much ever, it even trumps Christmas! Penguins are probably my favorite flightless bird. That’s why I’m so excited about what the Aquarium of Niagra is stirring up for the spookiest night of the year. Halloween Happenings is an annual celebration taking place every Halloween from 4 to 7pm. Admission is a measly $5, and kinder dressed in aquarium creature garb get in for free! So throw together that ‘nem costume and get ready to go! Adorable festivities such as a pumpkin treasure hunt, an All Hallow’s Eve-themed sea lion show, and trick-or-treat station shall ensue. Trophies will be awarded for Best Aquatic Costume and Best Overall Costume. Oh, and there will be penguins with pumpkins, need I say more?
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Winter is Coming…

reefs.comHeaters3 Winter is Coming...As winter approaches many of us in cooler climates must prepare our aquariums for inevitable cold ambient temperatures. This generally means the introduction of one of the hobby’s most evil pieces of equipment, the dreaded heater. If you’ve been around the aquarium hobby in any capacity for more than a few months chances are you’ve heard a heater horror story. Most heaters on the market are absolute garbage. Yeah I said it, garbage! However there are a few that have been put through the paces over the years and proven themselves noteworthy, dare I say trustworthy? When coupling a good heater with some amount of redundancy you can sleep easier knowing that even if a heater should fail, chances are it won’t lead to any catastrophic animal losses. Should you decide to skimp out and go cheap in this area chances are your entire system is a ticking time bomb. Now if you’re one of the lucky few that has a fish room kept at a constant ambient temperature, or live in a region that stays stable enough to avoid heaters… the rest of us are jealous and you can go on living your stress-free lives without heaters at all, and skip this post completely. MORE

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