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Reefs in Home Decor – Connect With The Sea in Style

 Reefs in Home Decor   Connect With The Sea in StyleIt’s no secret that I love to fill my beach abode with oceanic inspired goodies. My shopping excursions are ridiculously dorky and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve chewed your ear off more times than is acceptable about cephalopods, my love for them, and the black hole that is the Kraken Rum Shop (that day was SO expensive), so let’s carry on to a new topic before I lose your interest: Coral. So many endless decorating possibilities, seriously a slew of them, due to the sea dwelling animal’s plethora of hue variations. I mean, honestly you could find a coral to go with any room you so please. Blue, red, yellow, green, purple, all or none of the above, you name it. The linked article uses the word “gamut” which I’m going to have to remind myself to use on my own. But yea, with essentially over or around 1,400 known coral species, you won’t be at a shortage of inspiration here. On top of that, coral is a structural being, lending itself to blend well into chic, modern design themes. The ridiculously talented Michael Aram (find his stuff at Bloomingdale’s!) utilized polyps and colonies fairly often to create breathtaking designs which are nothing short of fine organic art. Fair warning: If you’re drooling over that golden shell sculpture as much as I am, it’s selling for a mere $5,000. Maybe I’ll wait for a sale, ’til then I’ll stick with the placemats and wallpaper. On top of the intricateness of coral, you have an unlimited amount of mediums to chose from – glass, resin, wood, steel, clay, paper, ink, paint, and actual coral skeletons. So go ahead, Octo-fy, or in this case, Polyp-fy your home to your liking regardless of how close you live to the beach. No one should enjoy your home more than you do.
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Obama’s Expansion Action: What Does It All Mean For “Lazy” Fish

5218393828 413fc27d99 b 300x198 Obamas Expansion Action: What Does It All Mean For Lazy FishI’m not quite sure what constitutes a “lazy fish” but I guess we’re all about to find out. Yesterday, Thursday September 25, 2014, President Barack Obama took it upon himself (in lieu of Congress) to expand the Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, originally instilled by President Bush during his term. The expansion covers an area six times the original ocean area around various Islands of the South Pacific, excluding four islands utilized by Hawaii-based Tuna fishing fleets in hopes of preventing economic hardship. MORE

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This Is Terrible News: Fire Kills Thousands of Tropical Fish in Dickson

1411652546000 Fish Fire 300x225 This Is Terrible News: Fire Kills Thousands of Tropical Fish in Dickson Ugh I feel like I’ve been posting nothing but terrible news today.  Maybe I’m just in a mood. This is really tragic, though. Early this Thursday morning, a fire broke out in a Dickson County tropical fish breeding business, killing nearly 6,000 animals at around 4:00am, according to office manager Donna Coone. All of the saltwater fish survived (phew). The store also supplied tanks, sumps, terrariums amongst other things. A wedding chapel on the property was also destroyed. I really wish the best to all those effected and a quick recovery from the travesty. It’s awful to hear about the needless loss of lives – how terrifying for a fish who’d normally never encounter fire in it’s natural environment. 

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Oh Boy, Breaking News: Obama to Establish the World’s Largest Ocean Reserve in the Pacific

05e61df0 86bc 4ffb b36a df87c38f9a66 460x347 Oh Boy, Breaking News: Obama to Establish the Worlds Largest Ocean Reserve in the PacificBack on January 6, 2009, President George W. Bush established the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Incorporating nearly 86,888 miles within its boundaries, the monument covers nearly 50 nautical miles, including several pacific reefs within its reach. No surprise here, but Thursday September 25, 2014, President Barack Obama went about his preferred method and completely went over Congress to expand the monument to nearly 6 times its size – or about 490,000 miles. The above photo shows the size of the original monument, and a visual of what the expansion would look like is featured below. This expansion will ban commercial fishing and deep sea mining within the set borders – including the tiny state of Kiribati around the Pheonix Islands. That specific region will be protected within 158,000 square miles, or roughly the size of the state of California. The seas around four of those islands, Howland and Baker islands, Palmyra atoll and Kingman Reef, are excluded from the expansion due to protests from Hawaii-based tuna fleets and will be open to fishing. So what’s the goal here? Here’s a word from the White House on the matter: 

“Expanding the monument will more fully protect the deep coral reefs, seamounts, and marine ecosystems unique to this part of the world, which are also among the most vulnerable areas to the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification.” We have very few places left in the ocean that are still near pristine and it is very important to protect them,” said Enrique Sala, explorer-in-residence for National Geographic. “These marine protected areas are very important for the ocean. The reason why we are going to get more countries to do them is because the whole biosphere, including the fish, need to be able to regenerate,” she said. “If everyone is just fishing, fishing, fishing, there is no space for that to occur.”, explains=Catherine Novelli, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment.

  It’s not clear how the expansion will effect collection of reef species within the aquarium trade – I’d be interested if anyone had further information on that. Read more about the whole plan at The Guardian. Also be sure to check out the official fact sheet on the expansion over at www.whitehouse.gov.
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Reefs In Art: Really Cool Octopus String Art

10444557 10154614896295570 8656920283610156481 n 300x300 Reefs In Art: Really Cool Octopus String ArtSo a friend of mine from High School, Joseph DeBello Gaglio, delighted me the other day by leaving this lovely little gem on my doorstep! A raw oak finish studded with hundreds of steel nails make little sense until Joe works his magic with some navy string to tie it all together – voila! An octopus! If you’re interested in getting one commissioned of your very own, check out his website for many more beautiful examples of his work. He also does some pretty neat hand-painted wooden bow ties. Also a great cause, they’ve partnered with Trees For the Future so that for ever Tie Tree purchased, 10 trees will be planted in the purchasers name. What are you waiting for? Go plant some trees and be a part of a positive change!
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Nearly $1.9 Million Awarded to CSUN Marine Biologists For Ocean Acidification Studies

csunresearch4web 300x200 Nearly $1.9 Million Awarded to CSUN Marine Biologists For Ocean Acidification StudiesFolks over at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have been quite generous with their hefty award of $1,892,911 to California State University Northridge marine biologists Robert Carpenter and Peter Edmunds. The duo has frequently been taking CSUN grads and undergrads to the reefs of French Polynesia to study the effects of ocean acidification on the delicate ecosystem of coral reefs (man, I should’ve skipped culinary school and just gone there). The funds will allow for some really innovative experimentation, providing a decent budget to replicate the natural environment of the corals and study the effects of varying PH levels on the animals, and the negative effects of increasing acidification. The year-long study should give us a glimpse of what our reefs could possibly look like in the next fifty to a hundred years.They also plan to do a few hands on experiments on the actual reefs, focusing mainly on algae and corals and their response to the conditions. All of this will hopefully shed some light and put a damper on skepticism if they’re able to yield some promising and accurate results. I’m pretty excited about this – especially given the awardees of the funds are extremely passionate about the cause. I’ll be following this study and will be sure to keep you updated! Congratulations to Robert Carpenter and Peter Edmunds on this worthy grant.
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Yes! Marking My Calendar – Sir David Attenborough Returns to the Great Barrier Reef

Sir David Attenborough 009 300x180 Yes! Marking My Calendar   Sir David Attenborough Returns to the Great Barrier ReefNearly six decades after he originally filmed there, Sir David Attenborough is making a reappearance at the Great Barrier Reef to film a new BBC series set to debut late next year. This is great news for my Attenborough fix – bad news for my notoriously minimal patience level (just being honest here). To be released as three hour-long films, the series, aptly titled “David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef”, will explore the wonder that lies off the coast of Australia. State of the art satellite and macro lens technology will be utilized in exploring the 1,429-mile reef, hopefully giving us even the slightest peek into crevices not usually seen, where we can get a glimpse at some fascinating little creatures. And how does Sir Attenborough feel about the upcoming project?

People say to me, ‘what was the most magical thing you ever saw in your life?’, and I always say without a word of exaggeration ‘the first time I was lucky enough to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef. As I entered the water I remember suddenly seeing these amazing multi-coloured species living in communities – just astounding and unforgettable beauty. So I’m very excited to be returning to the reef with all the latest technology and science to see one of the most important places on the planet in a whole new way”.

I’d say he’s maybe as excited as I am about the whole thing. I’m really going to try to be patient as I’m sure this series will be nothing short of incredible, it’s a skill I really need to work on anyway. Not reef related but still definitely work a click – check out this article on Attenborough’s take on our unnerving global population growth and how it sets a bleak outlook for our fauna and flora along with ourselves.
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The Girl Who Cried “Shark”

1411341530929 wps 3 Elissa Sursara n 300x300 The Girl Who Cried Shark This story annoys me mainly because it’s reinforcing a false perception of one of my favorite apex predators. Elissa Sursara, an “environmental activist”, claimed to have been attacked by a shark last September.  A small grey shark (how specific). The slightest inspection of the image she posted on her Instagram of the resulting bite would reveal it’s clearly fake. The perfect semi-circular wound is anything but typical for such an injury according to The Best Shark Dive in the World blog. They even included the nifty graphic below that breaks down the actual image. When confronted about her suspected lies – Elissa claims innocence, the Daily Mail clearly misquoted her! 

“I saw a flash of grey in the water and then I felt a bit of pressure on my torso – that’s when I realized I had been bitten,” Sursara said, describing the attack. “I knew it was a shark. As quick as I could I just thrashed, so I was punching what was biting me.”

Um, that’s quite the mouthful of a misquote. You can read more about this accused liar over at Inquisitr. She blabbers on about how sharks are “harmless”. While I wouldn’t go that far – they certainly aren’t the monsters the general public believes them to be.
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