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Destination Reefs: Red Sea

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 05, 2012 07:00 AM
Purple Tangs. Eightline Flasher Wrasses. Bicintus Clownfish. These fish are trickling back into the aquarium trade again, so we thought what better place to visit in this week's Destination Reefs than the Red Sea.

The Red Sea is home to some of the most unique coral reefs thanks to its unique geography.  This most northern tropical sea is an isolated saltwater inlet sandwiched between Asia (the Middle East) and Africa, connected to the Indian Ocean only via a narrow 26–29 km (16–18 mile) waterway.  Because of this feature and the regional arid climate, the Red Sea experiences high evaporation rates and thus is one of the most saline bodies of water in the world (upwards of 1.035 s.g.).

Yet corals, fish, and other reef life thrive here, with many species (like the famed purple tang Zebrasoma xanthurum) found in no other place in the world.  Here is an amazing HD video shot by Amir Stern of teeming life under the waves at the Red Sea.

And here's a bonus Red Sea video shot by Carlotta Rio.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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