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And This, Ladies and Gents, Is Why You Must Properly Chew Your Sea Lion Snacks

BsxvLA4IUAE pza 300x225 And This, Ladies and Gents, Is Why You Must Properly Chew Your Sea Lion SnacksA hungry, hungry Great White off the coast of Australia had the (last) meal of a lifetime when he failed to fully chew his catch and instead attempted to swallow the large aquatic mammal. Stunned beachgoers watched in horror as the 13-foot apex predator washed ashore after hours of struggling trying to dislodge the obstruction. Well, I’m adding this to my list of “Ways I Hope I Never Die”. I suggest you all do the same – and CHEW, people! Article via NBC News can be found here.… More:

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“Shocking” Not So Shocking Findings About The Lion

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Today’s story comes to us courtesy of Charles Smith! Thanks for your submission, sir, I hope we see more of you in the future.

“National Public Radio recently published the following article to their website, about a young scientist’s experiment exposing lionfish to decreasing levels of salinity:

Sixth Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Shocked! Just shocked!

Meanwhile, aquarium fish keepers have known about this for decades. It’s called hypo-salinity, and it’s an important part of the quarantine procedure. Fish can survive at low salinity; invertebrates cannot. Putting marine fish in low salinity rids them of … More:

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How Ocean Rider Is Fighting to Save Seahorses

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Ocean Rider, as part of their Seahorse Hawaii Foundation efforts, announced late last year that it was going to be reintroducing seahorses back into the wild in a few locations. On the surface, this sounds like a great step towards conservation. Reintroduction programs are very popular with the public, and who wouldn’t want seahorses reestablished in the wild? Unfortunately, these types of reintroduction programs have limited success, and can actually do more harm than good. It is true that seahorses are at risk from overfishing. But they haven’t disappeared from the wild, making programs to reestablish them moot. Reintroduction programs are generally only beneficial in places that a species has been wiped out completely, and only when the conditions that caused their decline are reversed. Seahorses are still found all over the world, no single species lost from it’s native range. Nor are any critically endangered, for that matter. The sad truth is that the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation’s reintroduction program is ill-advised and unnecessary, and potentially harmful. More: How Ocean Rider Is Fighting to Save Seahorses, and Why That Might Be A Terrible IdeaMore:

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Abandoned Mall Overrun with Fish

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Have you ever watched one of those shows on one of the “science” channels that shows how the Earth would look if humans vanished? More often than not, the shows dictate how nature would take back the concrete jungles, with buildings becoming overgrown with plant life and eventually disappearing into the ever growing greenery. Most of these programs are sensationalized beyond belief, but if you want a glimpse at a real life example, there’s a mall in Thailand that has become flooded and is now home to thousands of fish. According to The Verge, the New World shopping mall in Bangkok was abandoned in 1999 after a fire tore through its facilities. It flooded with several feet if water, inviting all sorts of aquatic wildlife into its domain. Since the fire, and subsequent floods, thousands of koi and catfish have taken up residence in the mall, making for some gaining sights. According to rumor, the fish were intentionally introduced, which comes as no surprise seeing as how people seem to do that quite often. MORE: Abandoned Mall Overrun with FishMore:

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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 #186More:

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Neutral Theory of Biodiversity Challenged Through Reefs

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook university have challenged a long standing theory of biodiversity through their latest Caribbean reef study. “The aim of neutral theory is to explain diversity and the relative abundances of species within ecosystems. So the theory implies that, if you lose a really abundant species, then another can simply increase in abundance to take its place. However, the theory has an important flaw: it fails to capture how important the highly abundant species that dominate marine communities are” explains professor Sean Connolly of JCU. The theory, which has been relied upon for conservation research, is challenged at its core through a mathematical approach looking at 14 marine ecosystems sampled at 1185 locations all across the globe. fish coral 1024x767 Neutral Theory of Biodiversity Challenged Through ReefsRanging from deep-sea to shallow waters, from polar to tropical ranges, the datasets were compiled of numbers from invertebrates, to fish, from plankton, to coral. To arrive at their conflicting conclusion scientists used a new mathematical approach that allowed them to identify predictions that would come from using the Neutral Theory, and then tested them against their datasets. With the assumptions of Neutral Theory this study showed that the chance occurrences that are a part of Neutral Theory do not account for the importance of those abundance species and their implications in the “common” vs “rare” debates. Read more here!… More:

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Amazing Sea Hares from Anilao Pier

Carissa1 Amazing Sea Hares from Anilao PierAnilao Pier, home to the notorious bobbit worm, is my favorite site in the Philippines for night diving. I first dove here in 2012, during my graduate studies at San Francisco State University and the California Academy of Sciences. The diversity of marine invertebrates here is astounding, especially with respect to sea slugs, snails, and anemones. I’m particularly interested in sea hares, a group of sea slugs in the order Anapsidea. They’re called sea hares thanks to the horn-like structures on their head, known as rhinophores, which allow them to sense their environment—and which happen to resemble rabbit ears. Like the nudibranchs they’re related to (same phylum, different order), sea slugs have evolved potent chemical defenses to deter predation, since they’re soft-bodied and possess either a reduced shell or no shell at all. On one of my night dives MORE: Amazing Sea Hares from Anilao PierMore:

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Video: Satellite Sees Portents Of Powerful El Niño

In 1997-98 the strongest El Nino event on record to date caused unprecedented coral bleaching and death across the globe. Now, in a worrying development, the NASA/French Space Agency Jason-2 satellite has detected tell-tale ‘kelvin waves’ crossing the Pacific that suggest another powerful event may be brewing. Watch the video for a full More: Video: Satellite Sees Portents Of Powerful El NiñoMore:

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