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Shaq’s Awesome Big Rig Tank

shaq This is one cool tank. We all know Shaquille O’Neal is a big guy, at over 7 feet tall, he was bound to have an equally large and in charge fish tank. The guys from ‘Tanked’ hooked him up with this spectacular tank for the living room of his 10 bedroom Orlando, Florida home.  The tank incorporates use of O’Neals two nicknames: Diesel and Superman. The 250 gallon tank is incorporated into the front end of a real big rig truck. Talk about a show piece. MORE

This One’s For The Ladies – “Girls In Sciences” Maritime Aquarium Program Awarded $10k Grant

 I’m joking, this grant benefits anyone who benefits from scientific research – everyone. This post comes to you today in the form of a collaboration with guest blogger, and my good friend, Brooke. She discusses a $10,000 grant awarded to a “Girls in Sciences” after-school program at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. Read below for details on the wonderful program. Good work, doll, looking forward to more from you! MORE

‘Flower Animals’ @ New Orleans Film Festival


This week we are psyched to share a new piece of Coral Morphologic video art at the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival. Flower Animals debuts this Friday, October 17th, and shows through Thursday, the 23rd upon the 40′ x 15′ video wall wrapping the Theatres at Canal Place. The work meshes seven films depicting vibrant morphs of the circumtropical soft coral, zoanthids, with datamoshes created by frequent CM collaborator Lucas Leyva. More: ‘Flower Animals’ @ New Orleans Film Festival

Caribbean Reefs

frenchangel8A few years back, I visited the island of Bonaire, in the Dutch Caribbean. The island serves as an example of what can happen, when conservation takes the forefront, and is used as an engine of economic development. In 1976 the late Captain Don, (proprietor of Captain Don’s Habitat) realized that Bonaire’s most valuable resource lie not on land, but underwater. The island was surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, and the western side of the island rarely got dangerous oceanic conditions, making it perfect for scuba divers. The captain worked with the Dutch government, and a reef preservation program was put into place, and today the rest is history. Coral reefs around Bonaire rank as some of the most beautiful on planet Earth, and are home to 90% of all species that dwell in the Caribbean Sea. Massive populations of squid, octopus and tarpon are common sights, and the reefs are famous for macro sea life as well. As aquarists who focus primarily on fish and coral species from the world’s other side, it’s easy to forget the beauty and diversity of the MORE

Coral Restoration Foundation Pioneer Ken Nedimyer Named ‘Sea Hero Of The Year’

doveA big congratulations to Ken Nedimyer, who has been named ‘Sea Hero of the Year’ by Scuba Diving and Oris Watches USA. Having had the pleasure of working with Kevin during his appearance on Fish Tank Kings and Fluval’s Coral Restoration Sponsorship, I believe that this award could not have gone to a better person. He has devoted years to promoting the conservation of coral reefs. Starting out his career as a fisherman and collector in the 1980’s, Ken noticed many corals in the Keys were dying. Kens passion became a mission to protect our coral reefs. Eventually Ken started the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), a non profit conservation organization dedicated ‘to creating off shore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species’. CRF is the leader in producing Staghorn and Elkhorn Coral. This most recent accolade only adds to his previous awards, which include being named CNN Hero in 2012. Ken is truly an inspiration to us all. MORE

Swoon: Mr. DiCaprio Donates $2 Million To Ocean Conservation

closer_variety_leonardodicaprio_03_0208_bnz_cmykA man after my own heart, Leonardo DiCaprio, is more than just a pretty face – he’s actually quite the conservationist. Most recently, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated a generous sum of $2 million Thursday, October 16, 2014 to Oceans 5. The international funder’s collaboration works to establish marine reserves and put a halt to over-fishing. Here’s a few projects the grant will be supporting: MORE

Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap

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Shark Feeding Frenzy

 Imagine going out for a walk on the beach, collecting shells, and you happen upon a school of 100 hungry sharks on a feeding frenzy just feet from the shore. This guy, Brian Recker, in Cape Lookout, North Carolina did just that. Lucky for us, he was able to catch it all on video, and thanks to the wonders of Youtube, we can also witness this seldom seen occurrence. MORE

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