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Real or Fake: Man Dives Into Sydney Harbor With Great White

Here’s some Sunday Fun day Footage for you. In this video, Terry Tufferson free jumps into the Sydney Harbor. Looks like a normal day of fun with some friends. What he discovers once jumps is in is pretty horrifying: a large Great White Shark swimming feet away from him.  When watching the video, as soon as the man hits the water, his friends start yelling and then he realizes he is not alone in the water. It is surely coincidental that he was wearing the Go Pro. Nonetheless, if this video is real, he is one lucky guy. MORE

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Reef Threads Podcast #186

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #186 Marc Levenson’s fungia has babies.That’s right. We’re back with more of that reef-hobby stuff. This time around we’re talking about Gary’s DFMAS trip, Franks Tanks, Marc Levenson, Melev’s Reef, MASNA scholarships, choosing a DSLR camera, and whether reef tanks are ever finished. 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 #186

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ORA’s Latest Captive Breeding Success, the Girdled Goby

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What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to show off a newly aquacultured fish species from the always busy fish breeders at Oceans Reefs & Aquariums? Like the proud papas they are, ORA is gushing all about their new Girdled Goby (Priolepis cincta) in their latest blog post, sharing all the joys and unfortunate pitfalls that fish parenthood has brought with this new goby. This goby was first raised much earlier in 2014, marking the first time that P. cincta has been bred in the hobby. Unfortunately, long larval stages, challenging feeding requirements, and conspecific aggression have sort of marred the normally joyous process of breeding a new fish. Despite these challenges, ORA breeders pressed on and eventually raised enough fish to make a viable commercial offering. The first batch was shipped to Drs. MORE: ORA’s Latest Captive Breeding Success, the Girdled Goby

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When Marine Fish Mysteriously Disappear

blackear wrasse 300x169 When Marine Fish Mysteriously DisappearYou’re strolling past your marine aquarium, minding your own business, when you notice that something is amiss. The [insert name of fish here] that invariably comes right up to the front of the tank whenever you enter the room is nowhere to be found. You scan every inch of the tank, lift up every chunk of live rock, and even search the floor all around the aquarium, but you still come up empty. It’s as if the fish just vanished into thin air. What gives? More: When Marine Fish Mysteriously Disappear

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Tragedy! Scandal! My Cuttlefish was RAPED to Death! Male Cuttlefish Suck.

4069df 51dfbdbe5c0b44189972385e0a0344de jpg srz 547 411 75 22 0 50 1 20 0 300x225 Tragedy! Scandal! My Cuttlefish was RAPED to Death! Male Cuttlefish Suck.It started the moment she went into the tank – he spotted her, sped over and started to have his way with her. She had no choice! I could see she had enough, even underwater “No Means No”. This went on for weeks, he’d ambush her. She started exploding eggs. Eggs everywhere. None of them ever came to fruition. I saw her grow weak and weary, but figured “ah, this is the life of a female cuttlefish, she’ll be fine”. But then I noticed secretions coming from her mantle. Open wounds caused by the blunt force of the male’s mating routine. She became lethargic, she ate so unenthusiastically. I’m sorry this is all so incredibly sad. We separated her from her assailant but alas she succumbed to the incessant passing of sperm packets. I relayed this occurrence to my go-to Cuttle Specialist, Laura, when she simply responded “Yea, they do that sometimes”. Male cuttlefish suck.

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Epic Lego Reef Spied at Interzoo

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Reef tanks and Legos. It’s an aquarium nerd’s match made in heaven. At this year’s Interzoo, there have been a lot of interesting and amazing reef aquariums, but this one takes the cake for originality. Tropical Marine Centre, like most companies in attendence, have a booth with a reef display. But they didn’t confine their love of reef fish and corals to just a glass box. Instead, they let their creativity take over and assembled an awesome looking Lego reef, copmlete with Lego fish, Lego corals, and Lego live rock. To top if off, they even have a Lego fish assembly area for anyone willing to test their building skills. As for the Lego reef, it is full of pure awesomeness MORE: Epic Lego Reef Spied at Interzoo

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: How to Feed Nori Without The Mess

My fish love nori and here’s a very useful and mess-free way to feed it to your fish:  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: How to Feed Nori Without The Mess

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Coral Smuggler Jonathan Hale Sentenced in “Operation Rock Bottom” Case

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It looks like “Operation Rock Bottom” has claimed yet another would be coral poacher. The federal probe targeted at the illegal harvest of marine life in the Florida Keys has led to a long list of arrests and convictions, with the latest sentence being handed down to Jonathan Hale of Country Critters in Patchogue, New York last week. As we mentioned in our “initial coverage of this sweeping operation, Hale was out on $25,000 bail after being charged with buying and selling live rock and corals taken from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, as well as falsely labeling overseas imports. According to a followup story on the Keys News, Hale has been sentenced to two years of probation and $10,000 in fines following his guilty plea. This is a considerably lighter sentence than the potential five years in a federal prison that he was facing. Luckily for him, he was willing to accept a plea bargain and the prosecuters were willing to play ball. As for the specific details of Hale’s involvement, the Key News story claims “Hale met with an unnamed harvester in Marathon on Sept. 30, 2012, and discussed pricing for Ricordea Florida coral specimens, tarpon and sharks. MORE: Coral Smuggler Jonathan Hale Sentenced in “Operation Rock Bottom” Case

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