And they’re so quiet you probably didn’t hear them coming! Eshopps has made a few improvements over their 2nd generation of acrylic sumps, one of the most notable being they’re virtually silent. These are designed specifically for reef tanks, and their ridiculously easy installation and micron bag removal make them a great choice for reefing newbies. MORE
For all of you hockey fans out there, check out the Florida Aquarium’s unofficial mascots. The Octopus have now picked sides between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings rivalry. The Octopus at the Aquarium were the unofficial mascot for the Detroit Red Wings, thanks to the long standing tradition of fan’s throwing octopus on the ice prior to the games during the play-off’s. MORE
Over fishing has plagued the Caribbean sea’s resources, especially the coral reefs. However, unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, will now be giving Jamaica some additional protection against illegal fishing. Government officials have advised that after some testing, two drones are ready to take flight, to alert marine law enforcement of poaching activities at sea.“ MORE
Because you never know when you want to head straight from the office to explore the shallow reefs, or perhaps you felt underdressed on your last dive? Or maybe just because these are bursting at the glue and blind seams with awesomeness and you know you want one. Ok, so this trio of super stylish “suits” from Quicksilver Japan is marketed towards surfers, but we see no reason why you can’t slip into this 4-piece (jacket, pants, suit and tie) 2mm neoprene garb, which comes in two business casual options, along with a fancier black-tie tuxedo, for a little light diving. Available for roughly $3,200, two week custom order and shipping, we’ll file this one under “completely impractical yet desirable”.
These are beautiful rock flower anemones. Frost Nguyen had these at his vendor booth at the CMAS Frag Swap in Chicago. MORE
For a week (13 – 18 April 2015), South Africans along the Western Cape coastline were dressing up in black and white and walking…and walking…and walking. The Waddle for a Week is an annual event that brings together committed, conservation-minded citizens keen to raise awareness about the plight of the African penguin. Starting in Gansbaai, the waddlers covered a 124km route along the Western Cape coast to raise awareness for the African penguin, which was once abundant in this area but is now endangered. (Some scientists project that they could become extinct within the next 20 years due to a dramatic drop in the number of breeding pairs). MORE
How would you feel encountering a swarm of leeches swimming in masses??!!! That’s the stuff of horror movies….and apparently Green Bay, Wisconsin. Shedd Aquarium fish ecologist Solomon David filmed this eerie footage. He is working with researchers at the American Museum of Natural Science to try and figure out the species of leeches and reasons for the swarm. Check out the creepy video and be thankful you don’t have to swim anywhere near this. MORE