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Reef Threads Podcast #194

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #194

Arm of a basket starfish.This week we talk about something for beginners and something for veterans. The beginner segment is mistakes to a avoid and the veteran segment is what to think about before turning your hobby into a business. We also learn that some people go to reef events carrying their own autograph pen so that they’re at the ready when a signature is requested. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #194

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VICE Magazine Vol. 21 No. 8

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VICE Magazine Vol. 21 No. 8 A morphing loop of ‘The Humongous Fungus Among Us Issue’ photographed under daylight, blacklight, and fluorescence filter. Be sure to pick up a copy of the August, 2014 offering from VICE Magazine, ‘The Humongous Fungus Among Us Issue’, which features a special blacklight-reactive cover depicting Zoanthus polyps cloned and photographed in the Coral Morphologic lab. The issue’s contents are also available online, including the cover story, ‘Miami Is Drowning‘, by John McSwain. Tags: Coral Morphologic, Miami, Vice Magazine This entry was posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 12:55 pm and is filed under Miami. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. More: VICE Magazine Vol. 21 No. 8

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Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition

IMG 8201sm Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition I found this tiny octopus last week, clinging to a piece of sargassum weed 20 miles off the coast of Long Island, NY. MORE

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Rare Jellyfish Spotted For First Time In 70 Years

 Divers have spotted a species of jellyfish which hasn’t been seen since 1945! The Drymonema dalmatinum, also known as The Big Pink, was spotted last week of the coast of Italy. This gorgeous jellyfish was first discovered in the 1880s by a German naturalist, but then it was not seen again since the 1940′s. Scientists have much to learn about this elusive species. Incidences like this illustrate how much of the Ocean we still don’t know about and previously thought to be extinct species may still be alive in the aquatic vastness.  MORE

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Hermit Crab City Scapes

 Aki Inomata, a Japanese artist, is taking art to a new level using hermit crabs as inspiration. Inomata used an abandoned seashell from a hermit crab who had decided to find a new home as her starting point. By scanning the interior of the shell, she was able to create replica designs. Using this blueprint, she created 3D printed shells, many of which are designed to look like cities in New York, Tokyo, Greece and Thailand. On Inomata’s website, she explains her thought process for creating these amazing hermit crab shells: “The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various national borders. Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely. It’s as if they were asking, “Who are you?””.  Can you imagine having one (or how about two or three actually) of these in your home tank? I know I will be adding this to my tank wish list. MORE

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Endangered Bumphead Gets Much Needed Attention

Ever wonder where that vividly white sand on the beach comes from? Underwater giants produce the sand themselves through biological methods of metabolism. Yep thats right its technically fish poop. One of the largest producers of sand is the Parrotfish which ingests calcium carbonate skeletons of coral (sometimes with living polyps) and excretes them back out in the form of tiny sand grains that wash up onto beaches. These fish are the topic of a recent study highlighting how the both the positive and negative influences of such endangered species can be key factors in the success of an ecosystem. Bumphead Stiefel Endangered Bumphead Gets Much Needed Attention

Douglas McCauly of the University at Santa Barbara explains his time in the field for this study: “We actually swam alongside Bumphead Parrotfish for close to six hours at a time, taking detailed data on what they ate and where they went. These large parrotfish crunch off entire pieces of reef and audibly grind them up into sand in their pharyngeal mill — specialized teeth in the back of their throat. You know Bumpheads are near when you begin noticing branches lopped off stony corals and golf-like divot scars marking the reef.

bite ENH Endangered Bumphead Gets Much Needed Attention“Most species do things to ecosystems that we would construe as both positive and negative. This viewpoint is ecologically misleading,” he states. “Endangered species are no different from their more abundant counterparts.” This dichotomy of influence is why McCauly and his team are pushing for a higher level of protection for endangered and threatened species adding: “We can, in fact, strengthen the integrity of the field of conservation biology by being rigidly objective about the observations we make in nature — even if this means reporting occasionally that rare species can damage ecosystems,” he added. “If anything, better understanding the full complement of ways that at-risk species use and affect their environment empowers us to more effectively protect them.” Read more here.

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Let’s All “Indie Go-Go” Over Here and Fund the ReefGen St. Martin Artificial Coral Reef!

 Let’s All “Indie Go Go” Over Here and Fund the ReefGen St. Martin Artificial Coral Reef!The brains behind ReefGen, based out of Riverhead, New York, have a great conservation project in the works over at www.indiegogo.com. St. Martin has long been neglected in the conservation and rebuild department when it comes to coral reefs. If you’d like to be a part of this unique project, as well as score some sweet loot for participating, check out their page for further info.
From Justin Grabel of Reefgen, “We are a little bit different than other current restoration efforts in the Caribbean in that we intend to work mostly with the underserved LPS species. The large scale commercial farming techniques we use at ReefGen will allow us to grow these species at level that makes restoration practical. We will also work with Acropora and plan to coordinate with other Acropora restoration outfits in the future. We plan on recreating diverse coral reefs, much like ones that existed in the early half of the last century.” Sounds like a worthwhile, promising project. More info coming soon!

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It Pays to Put Marine Fish on Hold

fish hold It Pays to Put Marine Fish on HoldMarine aquarists are always hearing that it’s unwise to purchase fish or other marine livestock on impulse—that they should thoroughly research any stocking decision to make sure the animal in question is appropriate for their system, compatible with their existing livestock, and a good match for their level of expertise. All good advice to take to heart! Now, allow me to add one more wrinkle to the fish-buying equation: In addition to doing your homework in advance of a purchase, it’s also a good idea to wait a couple days to take home a specimen that has just arrived at your LFS. I know, you’re first impulse when you see that fish you’ve been looking for is to snap it up as quickly as possible before someone else does, but practicing a little more patience and asking the dealer to hold the specimen for just a few days might pay big dividends. Why wait? But if you already know the fish you’ve got your eye on is a good choice for your system, what’s the point in waiting any longer to take it home? Here are a few good reasons to consider: Fish that die of “mysterious” causes often do so within just a few days of arriving at the LFS More: It Pays to Put Marine Fish on Hold

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