A recently published research paper quantifies the many important ecological roles of Tridacna and Hippopus spp. clams. They serve as nature's buffet, filters, engineers, and homes. Beauty and purpose; we don't sing enough praises for these under-appreciated bivalves!
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the University of Sunshine Coast (Australia) are attempting to replicate a new-found scent emitted by Giant Triton snails that scares the bejeezus out of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (AKA COTS AKA SPS Mass Murderer) in hopes of curbing their killing spree. Giant Tritons are natural starfish predators, and it turns out COTS can smell them and are terrified of the scent.
Oh, the crazy things you find on eBay! At least 2,000, if not closer to 3,000 D&D Marine Enterprises protein skimmers acquired via a company bankruptcy are up for sale for $16,000. Apparently there's too many units for the seller to physically count.
We don't read Japanese, and frankly we have no idea what eNCREST Nextsense is or what this video is promoting. Is it an aquascaping contest? A promotion for a real estate development? What we do know is that the four aquascapes presented in this silent video are drop-dead gorgeous.
Ret Talbot reports the The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has completed its 12 month status review for seven species. They proposed listing six of the seven species, including the Banggai Cardinalfish, for Endangered Species Act protection.
The St. Augustine Aquarium (Florida, USA) will house 250,000+ gallons of combined exhibits on its 43,000 square foot facility , including its unique ship-wreck main exhibit.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is actively cracking down on the illegal trade of protected species. The USFWS arrested a Bay Area man last week charged with selling Asian arowanas.
Or more precisely, Harlequin Filefish smell like what they eat. This species dines on Acropora, and it turns out the fish ends up smelling like Acropora too. In addition to their visual camouflage, the adopted scent helps disguise the filefish from predators.
Jay Hemdal, Toledo Zoo’s Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates, grants us an inside look at their grand renovation project of the historic public aquarium. The new Toledo Zoo Aquarium will open on March 27, 2015.
Reefkeeping the Russian Way: "Viking's" 2000 liter (528 gallon), 300X80X80cm (120x30x30") reef tank is as massive as it is pristine and beautiful. If only we could all have 10 foot tanks! Now queue "In Mother Russia, reef tanks ..." jokes.
Researchers conducted an experiment on juvenile Siganus guttatus to see the effects of various salinity on their survival, feeding rate, growth, food conversion efficiency, and plasma osmolality. The results are rather fascinating.
OceanShutter.com presents Dustin Adamson's underwater short film series, "Rolling in the Deep" - a breathtakingly beautiful montage of colors, shapes, and textures of the Coral Triangle. This is the best fifteen minutes you'll spend on the internet today.
We don't normally associate noise with underwater ecosystems because water muffles sound transmission, but coral reefs are amongst the noisiest places on earth because they are amongst the most populated places on earth. When a reef is in decline, scientists can actually hear the die off.
While the threat of coral bleaching as a result of climate change poses a serious risk to the future of coral reefs world wide, new research has found that some baby corals may be able to cope with the negative effects of ocean acidification.
Last week, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami filed charges against Bob Kelton and Bruce Brande for harvesting and distributing Floridian live rock protected under the Lacey Act.