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By admin - Posted Oct 26, 2009 09:10 PM

Scary smell may help save corals

Scary smell may help save corals

Photograph of a giant triton eating a crown-of-thorns starfish by K Goodbun, AIMS.

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.

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Anybody want 3,000 protein skimmers?

Anybody want 3,000 protein skimmers?

Holy mountain of protein skimmers, Batman!

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.

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eNCREST Nextsense aquascapes

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.

If you read Japanese (or if you understand really ambiguous English), here is the website for eNCREST Nextsense aquascapes.  If you can decipher what this website is about, please let us know in the comment section below.  In the meanwhile, we'll simply gawk at these masterpieces.

The video shows four unique and utterly amazing aquascapes. The works of these skilled Japanese artists are presented in the following chronological order:

Hironori Handa

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Takayuki Fukada

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Mika Baba

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Jun Matsumoto

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NMFS proposes Banggai cardinalfish for Endangered Species Act protection

NMFS proposes Banggai cardinalfish for Endangered Species Act protection

Photo by Jens Petersen.

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.

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The upcoming St. Augustine Aquarium will have a ship-wreck exhibit

The upcoming St. Augustine Aquarium will have a ship-wreck exhibit

Rendering of the St. Augustine Aquarium

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.

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Maybe it's time we start a Wall of Shame

Maybe it's time we start a Wall of Shame

Asian arowanas command a high price. Photo by 'Hengky.S' (c.c.)

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.

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You are what you eat – if you’re a coral reef fish

You are what you eat – if you’re a coral reef fish

Harlequin filefish in coral. Image: Tane Sinclair-Taylor

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.

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2000 liter Russian reef tank

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.

The effects of salinity on juvenile rabbitfish

The effects of salinity on juvenile rabbitfish

An adult Siganus guttatus

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.

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Dustin Adamson "Rolling in the Deep" video series

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.

Dustin Adamson has quickly become one of our favorite underwater videographers, especially when it comes to macos.  You'll see why soon enough.  Our planet is crazy beautiful.

Milne Bay

Papua New Guinea

Komodo (Wide Angle)

Bonus Emperor Shrimp Video

Emperor Shrimps (Periclimenes imperator) are neat little crustaceans that live their whole lives commensally on a variety of hosts such as sea cucumbers and nudibranches.  Their most gnarly trick is changing their pigmentation to best match their chosen host!

Reefs go quiet as they die off

Reefs go quiet as they die off

Healthy reefs are noisy cities. Photo by Mikhail Rogov (c.c.)

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.

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A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef-builders cope with acidifying oceans

A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef-builders cope with acidifying oceans

Photos by Aurelie Moya

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.

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Owner and manager of D.R. Imports charged with smuggling live rock

Owner and manager of D.R. Imports charged with smuggling live rock

Ricordia florida is a highly sought-after corallimorpharian. Photo by Andre Jonas.

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.

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The ultimate reef escape

The ultimate reef escape

The Underwater Room at The Manta Resort. Photographer: Jesper Anhede (http://anhede.se)

If you're a reef lover, a fish lover, a nature lover ... heck, if you simply have a pulse ... Pemba Island's Manta Resort's Underwater Room is your dream vacation destination.

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Extreme PE Fetish

Polyp extension is alluring for reefkeepers. There's nothing quite like the sight of a fully extended coral swaying in the current. We can wax philosophical about the reasons why we're so enamored by PE, or we can simply enjoy polyps blooming in all their glory. Two recent videos provide plenty of eye candy.

There are some really gorgeous, world-class SPS and soft corals in this first video.  We hope you like blue lighting.

The second video is far less blue but - thanks to its "interesting" soundtrack and editing - far more sinister.

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