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Lionfish Eye Photo, Invasive Creatures, Deadly Fish

c165Lionfish Eye Lionfish Eye Photo, Invasive Creatures, Deadly FishHi all, I have a lionfish eyeball for you all today mainly because I don’t have anything else to send! How is this possible you ask when I am always in the water with a camera?? Well, most days I’m just shooting the submersible with it’s passengers and lately at night only blue-light photos so I really don’t have anything new at the moment. We did do a deep-water fish collecting dive yesterday so I may have some new rare aquarium fish pictures for you soon but they are still out on the reef and take a week to decompress and acclimate to the warmer temps. I took this lionfish eye photo the other night while out searching for small corals that we had previously shot with blue-light MORE: MOREMore:

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Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous Fish

cc39Lionfish Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous FishGood morning friends, here’s a fish that no longer needs an introduction but for those of you who don’t know, this is a recently introduced fish to the Caribbean called a Lionfish. It’s looking like these invasive predators are here to stay and it’s up to us to TRY to keep the numbers down by any means possible. And YES, I agree with everyone that says “they are so beautiful” but this is not a beauty contest anymore, it’s a fight to save our juvenile fish against a predator that has no limits when dining and doesn’t ever seem to get filled up??  Yesterday our submersible did a 7 hour tour off the coast of Curacao starting at Caracasbaai  and ending up back at the Sea Aquarium, that’s around 2.5 miles underwater exploring depths down to 700 feet! This was a scientific trip with Carole Baldwin from the Smithsonian Institution onboard with one mission in mind, to find new species of fish MORE: Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous FishMore:

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Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Curacao Substation

ef67Jeff in Sub 2 web Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Curacao Substation Good morning from Curacao!! Well, yesterday turned out to be one of those days that you hoped would just keep going and going but as we all found out there is just so much you can do in one day! We had the honor of having Jeff Corwin and his film crew show up yesterday morning filming a segment of the invasive lionfish that are currently invading the Caribbean!  Jeff Corwin, as most of you already know is an American animal and nature conservationist, best known as host and executive producer of the “Animal Planets” cable channel television programs and “The Jeff Corwin Experience” and “Corwin’s Quest”. He is currently working with the Georgia Aquarium in a an all new program called, “Ocean Mysteries” which airs on ABC, if you haven’t seen it yet, your going to love it!! Here is the link to Jeff, the Georgia Aquarium and Ocean Mysteries, please take some time to check it out and add this into your weekly viewing pleasure, it’s valuable information about our planet that we all should know.  MORE: Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Curacao SubstationMore:

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Bobbit Worm Violently Attacks, Kills Lionfish Video


We don’t often promote violence, but this video recently posted on Break.com is quite breathtaking. It features a bobbit worm, a type of huge bristleworm that’s often found as a hitchhiker in marine aquariums, attacking a lionfish and dragging it into its burrow. The worm extends its feeding tentacles into the was, barely above the surface of the sand, which presumably attracts prey fish to venture close enough for an attack. The lionfish wanders too closely and is quickly snatched up despite appearing far larger than the worm. The visible portion of the worm is quite misleading. Only a tiny mouth is visible, but the worms can grow to be well over 6 feet long, even in captivity. This is likely the reason why the meals have to be so large. In the aquarium, these worms don’t have near as much sand to dig into, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous MORE: Bobbit Worm Violently Attacks, Kills Lionfish VideoMore:

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Spotted Moray Eel, Gymnothorax moringa, Eels

e0a1Spotted Eel 2 Spotted Moray Eel, Gymnothorax moringa, Eels Bon Dia from Curacao!! For those of you who have never stopped in Curacao, Bon Dia is how the locals say Good Morning which is a mixture of Spanish and Dutch.  So, your question of the day, are you ready?? What has razor sharp teeth, moves through the reef like a stealth fighter and has a very bad attitude, if you guessed a Spotted Moray eel, pat yourself on the back because your right!! I have to tell you there are very few things under the sea here in Curacao that scare me but when it comes to these eels I always keep my distance!! I have seen these eels attack fish and eat other eels without any warning at all and it happens so fast! These are also the only eels here that seem to like the taste of Lionfish! Anytime we are out hunting lionfish we always hand deliver the shot fish to one of the many spotted morays that we know about that are always in the same place. Before you even get the fish close to them they already smell it and swim up and out of their holes to meet you half way grabbing it from the spear and taking it back to their caves. Within minutes they always re-appear and are ready for more, in fact we have one here on the reef that ate six lionfish within 10 minutes and I think he would have eaten more if we would have had them. The big green morays we have here don’t seem to like the lionfish as much.  The spotted moray, Gymnothorax moringa, is a medium to large moray eel. It has a long snake-like body, white or pale yellow in color with small overlapping dark-brown spots. Typical length is around 60 centimeters, but recent specimens suggest to maximum size of this moray is almost 7 feet, or two meters (200 centimeters). The spotted moray is found in the Western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina and Bermuda to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. It is also found around Mid- and Eastern Atlantic islands as far south as St Helena. It is found from near to the surface, up to a depth of 200 meters. Spotted morays are solitary animals, and are usually seen in holes, with only the head protruding. They are active during the day, feeding at the sea bottom on crustaceans and other fish.… More:

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Picture of the Week, Yellow Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish

picture of the week yellow fuzzy dwarf lionfish olrio 0 Picture of the Week, Yellow Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish Pictured in the last AquaNerd Picture of the Week of 2012 is the rare yellow fuzzy dwarf lionfish, seen locally at the Houston Fish Gallery. Now, we’re not exactly fans of lionfish, as they are extremely abundant in the hobby and have invaded the waters of the Atlantic. That said, this yellow fuzzy dward isn’t exactly your run of the mill lionfish. It’s quite rare in fact, as it is only found in one location, the Lembeh Straits. Despite its rarity, this yellow lionfish isn’t the only one to grace the Houston aquarium scene. Fish Gallery received a total of two last year, with the first being in the store on the same day we were giving a talk to a group of hobbyists about marine aquaria.  Read MoreMore:

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Eshopps Takes 1st In Show at Expo

  Global Pet trophy1 Eshopps Takes 1st In Show at ExpoThis years Global Pet Expo was held in Orlando Florida from February 29th to March 2nd. For those who do not know, the Expo is comparable to the MACNA of the pet product manufacturer and buyers/suppliers world. Sponsored by the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) the event is not open to the general public and is exclusive to manufacturing companies and the companies that buy the product to resell to we the hobbyists. It is an event where new, innovative products are unveiled and displayed, deals are made and awards are given for the best. This year my good friends at Eshopps Inc. took home the Best in Show Award in the aquatics division.More:

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