Since August 2012, more than 60,000 destructive crown-of-thorns starfish were removed from the Great Barrier Reef. This number shows just how severe the infestation is on one of the world's largest reefs.
The eclectic pop megastar Lady Gaga reportedly spent £40,000 ($60,000) on a massive aquarium and 27 expensive Koi fish flown in from Japan. Gaga is recovering from hip surgery and allegedly had a dream about fish aiding her recuperation, so she splurged for expensive aquarium therapy.
New maps show how rising sea temperatures are likely to affect all coral reefs in the form of annual coral bleaching events under different emission scenarios.
The places in which crabs, shrimps, and lobsters live are as varied and fascinating as any group of animals in the world. We share eight videos by diver/videographer 'liquidguru' to prove that reef crustaceans are adept at making safe homes for themselves in any environment.
Bicolor angelfish (Centropyge bicolor) in foreground. Fiji. 2008. Photographer: Julie Bedford, NOAA PA.
Overall marine protection is a success story. However, the success of a reserve also depended on its size and how it was managed.
Let 'liquidguru' introduce you to the bobbit worm. These predatory polychaetes (segmented worms) can grow to a mind-boggling 10 feet (3 meters) in length, but that's not even their scariest part! The business end of bobbit worms are armed with sharp pincers designed to snare and slice.
In part two of the seahorse video series, AmericanReef visits with Jules to discuss more details about keeping seahorses.
Specifically, he will review the types of seahorses that the new hobbyists can select to start a successful journey in seahorse keeping. As well as discuss his experiences breeding seahorses and review some common seahorse diseases.
Please email any questions or comments to AmericanReef@Me.com.
Bargibanti's pygmy seahorses are one of the most popular subjects for reef divers to photograph ... if divers can find. We share information, video, and photos about these tiny muppet-like jewels of the sea.
A kid-friendly MACNA? That is something one does not hear often!
PNG is proving to be fertile seas for new discovery. A recent cooperative scientific survey of Madang Lagoon turned up a gold mine of new tropical species - from nudibranchs to crinoids to amphipods.
It is believed that spot and stripe patterns in animals evolved over time to help them blend in with their environment and to evade predators. Is this indeed the case?
Nature [expletive] rocks! Introducing Huenia heraldica, the halimeda crab. Its ability to camouflage in Halimeda algae (duh!) is nothing short of remarkable. These crabs range throughout the vast Indo-Pacific, yet they're difficult to spot and rarely encountered by aquarists because they are true masters of disguise.
Tracks of fluorescent beads reveal the complex cilia-driven flow between Pocillopora damicornis coral polyps. Each polyp is approximately 1 millimeter in diameter. Photo by Stocker Group, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT.
Using their hairlike protrusions from their surface (called cilia), corals can direct water flow across their surface in a variety of ways.
Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies are developing a method to gauge corals' stress level by measuring the hemoglobin-like proteins in zooxanthellae. These proteins "respond rapidly and dramatically to temperature and nutrient stresses," which may allow scientists to identify corals for risk of bleaching.
Pieces of the Ocean, a free marine fish app available for both Android and iOS smartphones, displays information about marine fish at your local fish store.