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"Snakelocks anemone" bred for first time in captivity

"Snakelocks anemone" bred for first time in captivity

'Snakelocks anemone', Anemonia sulcata, bred in captivity by the University of Granada spin-off concern, iMare Natural S.L.

Prized as delicious food (?!), snakelock's anemone was recently successfully captive bred by the University of Granada spin-off, iMare Natural S.L. in Spain.

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New York Aquarium scheduled to partially reopen on May 25

The New York Aquarium at Coney Island was devastated by Hurricane Sandy to the tune of approximately $65 million in damages. It's been closed ever since the storm made landfall, but the Wildlife Conservation Society says they plan to partially reopen the aquarium in a little over a month.

Instead of waiting for full repairs to the extensively damaged facility, the public aquarium will welcome back visitors on May 25, 2013 to most of its exhibits.  While the building itself suffered considerable damage, 80-85% of the livestock was able to survive the hurricane and flood waters.  Officials expect all but five exhibits will be ready in time to greet aquarium-goers.  Admission prices are yet to be determined but will be "substantially" reduced.

Air pollution stunts coral growth

Air pollution stunts coral growth

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A new study has found that pollution from fine particles in the air – mainly the result of burning coal or volcanic eruptions – can shade corals from sunlight and cool the surrounding water resulting in reduced growth rates.

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Castaway: Reef Fish Edition

Castaway: Reef Fish Edition

Set adrift on memory bliss? This beakfish is a true survivor!

Marine debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami is still washing up on distant shores. Last month (two years and ten days after the tsunami), a Japanese fishing skiff finally came ashore 5,000 miles away on a Washingon State beach. To scientists' surprise, a single reef fish survived the two year boat-ride!

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Remote reefs can be tougher than they look

Remote reefs can be tougher than they look

Photo by Steve Evans

Isolated coral reefs can recover from catastrophic damage as effectively as those with nearby undisturbed neighbours, a long-term study by marine biologists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) has shown.

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Tiny grazers play key role in marine ecosystem health

Tiny grazers play key role in marine ecosystem health

Gammarus mucronatus, an amphipod grazer that can promote healthy eelgrass beds. Copyrighted photo courtesy of Matthew Whalen/UC Davis.

Tiny sea creatures no bigger than a thumbtack are being credited for playing a key role in helping provide healthy habitats for many kinds of seafood, according to a new study by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and U.S. Geological Survey.

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Pacific Sun's new Pandora Hyperion S LED + T5 fixture

Pacific Sun's new Pandora Hyperion S LED + T5 fixture

The new Pacific Sun Hyperon S

Pacific Sun has announced their latest model of the Pandora Hyperion LED lamp: the Hyperion S, described by Pacific Sun as their "shallow water" version. The eight channel multi-colored 200 watt LED+T5 hybrid fixture is wirelessly controlled via bluetooth. The Hyperion S is due out on April 20, 2013 with a retail price of $899 USD ($699 Euro)

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Building a sexier betta tank: The LumaTank

Building a sexier betta tank: The LumaTank

The LED edge-lit LumaTank betta aquarium

Robert Young and Denny Curtis have a vision to build a better betta tank, and they need your support. The LumaTank is a 6 inch acrylic cube tank, but it's unlike any other tank you've seen. The tank's walls are laser cut and engraved cast acrylic and illuminated by edge-lit LEDs to create an eye-catching conversation piece.

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Download your free copy of Redfish Issue #19

Download your free copy of Redfish Issue #19

Redfish #19

Redfish Issue 19 is marine-centered, with articles about Acropora, Orange-lined triggerfish, what NOT to keep in your reef tank, as well as articles about neotropical cichlids and breeding Redigobious naus.

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Indonesian reef invaded by coral-killing sponge

Indonesian reef invaded by coral-killing sponge

a Terpios hoshinota overgrowing large patches of coral colonies at the reef of Dapur Island, off Jakarta, Java, August 2, 2011 (5°55′22.8″S, 106°43′23.0″E). b Close-up of the sponge overgrowing the coral Montipora sp.

The coral-killing sponge, Terpios hoshinota, was recently found on a Java reef and smothers all coral that it comes into contact with as it grows.

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Wisconsin man dives in his own 20,000 gallon living room reef tank

CNN reports that Bill Wann owns the largest privately owned reef aquarium in North America (a 24 feet x 10 feet x 10 feet main tank totaling over 20,000 gallons including two sumps). His aquarium is so large that Wann regularly scuba dives in it. We share CNN's video report.

First psychedelic drug isolated from a marine organism?

First psychedelic drug isolated from a marine organism?

Illustration by Santtu Mustonen. Background photo courtesy of the NOAA.

Experimenting on himself, "Dr. Osculus" may be the first person to use a psychedelic drug synthesized by a simple marine sponge found in the Caribbean.

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Scaring fish straight!

Scaring fish straight!

Chromis behaving naturally in the wild. Photo by Jeremiah Blatz

The 35,000 sardines in the Kuroshio Current Exhibit at Nagoyako Aquarium (Japan) were once well behaved. They grouped themselves in a coordinated school, creating a "pilchard tornado" - a massive whirling ball of fish that delighted aquarium-goers. But as time went on, the sardines began to break formation. Aquarium officials had to do something to get their fish back in line.

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TONMOCON V announced with tentative schedule

TONMOCON V announced with tentative schedule

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This one's for all of you cephalopod lovers! Do you want to meet up with others that share your passion? If so, register for TONMOCON V, which will be held at the California Academy of Sciences October 18-20, 2013.

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Researchers unveil large robotic jellyfish that one day could patrol oceans [video]

Researchers unveil large robotic jellyfish that one day could patrol oceans [video]

Student team members from the Virginia Tech’s National Science Foundation Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS) test a 5-foot wide jellyfish-like robot under water at War Memorial Hall.

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers have unveiled a life-like, autonomous robotic jellyfish the size and weight of a grown man, 5 foot 7 inches in length and weighing 170 pounds.

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