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ORA Blue Polyp Capricornis Now Available

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Oceans Reefs and Aquariums has apparently snuck a new coral onto the captive grown marketplace. A little more than a week ago, ORA announced on their blog that their new blue polyp Montipora capricornis would be showing up in the aquariums of your favorite LFS. The cap is said to be a fast grower that forms overlapping flat plates. In terms if coloration, besides the neon blue polyps from which the coral gets its name, this Monti also sports a deep green skeleton that helps those vibrant polyps to really stand out. MORE: ORA Blue Polyp Capricornis Now Available

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“Hey! Get ‘Yer Clown Off My Lion!” – One of the Strangest Symbiotic Relationships I’ve seen

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There’s some strange behavior going on in the water out in Omaha, Nebraska. Today’s fascinating post is brought to us courtesy of Jim Gryczanowki, owner of the beautiful Nebraska Aquatic Supply. We’ve all seen stories of unlikely animal pairs in the past, but this one is quite unusual.  When Jim introduced the finicky Blue Stripe Chrystopterus into his 150 gallon display tank in the store, he hoped there wouldn’t be too much trouble with the Volitan Lionfish, which had been a resident for the past 5 months. Much to his surprise (and our own), after 2 months the Clown and Lion started displaying some unlikely and startling behavior – the clown started hosting between the pectoral fins and dorsal spines of the deadly scorpionfish. No word yet on whether the clown has been supplying food to his generous host, but let’s hope they develop a close bond, and Mr. Lion won’t be inclined to snack on his guest once his mouth is big enough. In case you think these photos are just a fluke, I’ve included footage of the adorable duo for you to enjoy and marvel at! MORE

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Video: Close-Up Time For Captive Bred Pygmy Seahorses

 As the newest (and unquestionably cutest) arrivals to the vast collection of marine life at San Fransisco’s Steinhart Aquarium, the baby Pygmy Seahorses Hippocampus bargibanti shown in this video are the progeny of a breeding pair that were collected in the Philippines in May of this year. Overseen by Steinhart Biologists Matt Wandell and Richard Ross, the babies have now moved on from their specially designed Kreisel system, and have settled on and adapted the colouration of their host Muricella genus Gorgonians. What a fantastic achievement! More detail at Advanced Aquarist More: Video: Close-Up Time For Captive Bred Pygmy Seahorses

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The Fantastic Fishing Gear of Antennariid Anglerfishes

angler1 The Fantastic Fishing Gear of Antennariid AnglerfishesAs someone who enjoys a day on the water fishing, I have to give a tip of the hat to the various anglerfishes (a.k.a. frogfishes) of the family Antennariidae. These incredibly cryptic fishes make us human anglers look like rank amateurs. After all, to pursue our fishing passion, we have to purchase rods, reels, line, sinkers, swivels, and all manner of baits and lures. Anglerfishes, on the other hand, have all the fishing tackle they need attached directly to their body—and they don’t even need a license! Built-in gear So what type of fishing “tackle” do antennariid anglers possess? Most are equipped with a modified first dorsal spine, known as the illicium, which functions as a fishing rod. Attached to the end of the illicium is a fleshy lure, called the esca. When not in feeding mode, this built-in fishing pole lies flat against the angler’s body, but when a potential prey item comes into view, the angler will raise its illicium and begin to “cast” its bait in hopes of luring the prey animal close enough to gulp it down More: The Fantastic Fishing Gear of Antennariid Anglerfishes

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Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony Corals

5a84Elkhorn Corals 457x305 Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony CoralsGood morning friends, did you have a great weekend out there??? We sure did because our prayers have finally been answered, WE GOT RAIN!!! Yes our 6 month drought is finally over!! We woke to rain about 3:30 in the morning friday and it was still going into the daylight hours, it was fantastic!! MORE

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Authorities End Search For Missing Doctor Diving At Tiger Beach

tiger 300x199 Authorities End Search For Missing Doctor Diving At Tiger Beach Doctor John Petty, 63 years old, was one of eight individuals who went to Tiger Beach for Shark Diving last Sunday. Tiger Beach in the Bahamas is one of the first destinations that offered cageless shark diving. Tiger Beach is a world known diving destination that attracts tons of visitors yearly. The water is baited with chum before the divers submerge, often times without a cage. Petty was part of a multi-day exursion lead by Jim Abernethy Scuba Adventures (JASA). MORE

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Baby Caribbean Reef Squids, Sepioteuthis sepioidea

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Good morning friends, I jumped in the water early this morning with camera in hand and photographed our school of baby Caribbean Reef Squids that have been living here since they were born. The squids range in size from around three to six inches and I counted around 35 of them. The squids seem very relaxed and they let me get very close and at times they were hovering around me and the camera, it was fantastic! Although the photo is small you can still see all their crazy iridescent colors which they have the ability to change in the blink of an eye, truly one of the hands down coolest creatures in the sea! I have found out that photographing these animals can be very difficult because of their eyes, too much light and it ruins the eyes and too little and the body is too dark, this was hot at 160-F13 making the squids colors perfect with no over-exposed eyes. The Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea), also known as just the Reef Squid, is a small (20 cm) torpedo-shaped squid with fins that extend nearly the entire length of the body and undulate rapidly as it swims. MORE

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“Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us Speechless

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Who would have thought that mushroom corals would ascend up the ladder of corals in high demand? After all, they’ve been around forever, are virtually indestructible, reproduce like crazy, and are usually quite boring. Despite that, the hobby still surprises us with individuals like the one pictured above, a “Jawbreaker” variant of the the Discosoma mushroom. While the typical Jawbreaker is orange with hints of red, green and yellow, this super sexy mushroom from Sexy Corals takes it up a few notches with its kaleidoscope of colors. Called the SC Super Schroom, this coral sports orange, green, red, purple, and hints of blue. Besides what we can derive from the image, there is literally zero information on this particular mushroom. We don’t have a price tag (we probably don’t want to know), but we do know that it sold to someone in Texas. Perhaps it’s a fellow reef keeper in my area. MORE: “Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us Speechless

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