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Visit at the Bellevue H.S. Marine Science Lab

bellevue1 Visit at the Bellevue H.S. Marine Science LabDavid Bowers, science teacher at Bellevue High SchoolWhen I think back to my high school days, I remember a 29-gallon freshwater aquarium in science class. Coincidentally, I donated most of the specimens in that tank to my teacher from my home aquariums. It served as more of a stereotypical science classroom fixture than a teaching tool. So I guess you could say the hands-on aquatic learning experience was rather limited. The same certainly can’t be said of the Marine Science Lab at Bellevue High School in landlocked Ohio, USA. David Bowers’ classroom lab is an oceanic oasis amongst the fields of the Midwest (see the video below). Every time I visit Dave and his classroom, I’m struck by what a surprise it is to have thousands of gallons of salty learning opportunities at this small, rural school More: Visit at the Bellevue H.S. Marine Science Lab

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“Whoops, Sorry Bro’!” – An Awkward Case of Mistaken Identity in the Octopus World

 This studly little algae octopus (Abdopus aculeatus) was on the prowl for a hot date when he stumbled upon a female’s den. He reaches out a hopeful arm and cops a heavily suctioned feel, hormones raging and amped to make his next move. He continues to stretch his long mating arm, fishing around for her funnel opening. Something doesn’t feel right for the octopus. Well, darn – that’s not a female at all! That’s another male, and guess what? He’s pissed!MORE

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Let’s Talk About Sex and Social Media – ‘No Boys Allowed’

Screen Shot 2014 11 17 at 1.10.39 PM 300x264 Lets Talk About Sex and Social Media   No Boys AllowedDon’t get too excited, I’m talking about gender here. A few months back I did a post discussing the benefits and detrimental elements of the social media presence within the hobby. Overall, when utilized properly, it can be an excellent tool as well as a means of connecting with people sharing similar interests aside from local forums like we have here on reefs.com. Well, a few weeks ago I got an interesting email that caught my attention regarding a girls only Facebook frag swapping group. So what did I do? I joined.  MORE

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Taming The Wild Tuna

Greenpeace bluefin tuna Taming The Wild TunaGlobal appetite for Tuna has increased tremendously over the last few decades. As such, along with the rapid surge in consumption has also included alarming decline in wild tuna species. There was a time when farming of tuna was considered impossible. Luckily that is no longer the case. In 2012, farmed fish accounted for over 42 percent of total global output, nearly tripling since the 13.4 percent in 1990.The Pacific Blue Fin Tuna, weighing up to 900 lbs and traveling so fast they can cover crazy distances in short times, seems to defy the principle of farm raised fish.Blue Fin Tuna is known as ‘Porsche of the Sea’, for its ultra desired status. MORE

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Don’t Get Burned by Flame Scallops!

flame scallops1 Don’t Get Burned by Flame Scallops!Mention beautiful bivalves for the marine aquarium, and the various tridacnid clams (the so-called giant clams) will probably come to mind. Likely, the flame scallops of the genus Ctenoides will too. However, while the tridacnids have a fairly decent survival record in captivity if given proper care and a suitable environment, the flame scallops usually fare dismally in aquariums. The two usual suspects Based strictly on my personal observations, the two flame scallops you’re most likely to come across in the aquarium trade are C. Scaber (formerly Lima scabra), found in the Caribbean, and C. ales (formerly Lima ales), also known as the electric or disco flame scallop, from the Indo-Pacific. They range between 3 and 4 inches in diameter and have white shells and red to orange-red tissues. They also have long, tapering red, or sometimes white, tentacles extending from the mantle More: Don’t Get Burned by Flame Scallops!

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Unboxed: AquaIllumination (AI) Hydra 26

IMG 1930 300x199 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

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Swimming With Sharks At Florida Aquarium

shark Swimming With Sharks At Florida AquariumThe 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 Swimming With Sharks At Florida Aquarium 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

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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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