Cable television network HGTV will premiere an one hour special on October 12, 2012 titled "Ultimate Aquariums." The new show will feature concept, design, and install of high-end custom installations built for "celebrities and the wealthy."
The initial goal of this book project was to have it ready for DFW-MACNA, which is happening this weekend. However, due to circumstances the book is not ready for the conference.
RHM's Volume 6, Issue 4 is about to hit the shelves at participating local fish stores. The new issue contains six reefkeeping articles including a personal visit to Chingchai's renowned mega-aquarium. We share the full article listing and a video of RHM's visit to Chingchai in Thailand.
They're back; FTK returns for a second season scheduled for early 2013 (time to be determined). Advanced Aquarist is first to Nat Geo Wild's press release after the jump.
"Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii" states Google.
Good news everyone! Mutton snappers are another active predator of the invasive lionfish infesting Caribbean waters.
An alarming, mysterious disease is rapidly killing corals at the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Scientists have also observed diseased fish and turtles in the same area. Might this be the Pacific version of the Atlatnic White Pox disease?
Videographers embedded a tiny video camera inside a mussel shell to bring never-before-seen footage of how a seastar exudes its stomach inside a victim and digests it while still alive.
Some seastars are voracious predators that will prey on many different animals. Corallivorous crown-of-thorns starfish will wipe out entire areas of scleractinian corals. Others will eat mussels and other shellfish as seen in the below video.
Watch as seastars advance up a pier piling probing the encrusted mussels for a weakness. Once a vulnerable mussel is found, the seastar sets to work exuding its stomach inside the mussel and digests it while it is still alive. In the below footage, videographers embedded a tiny video camera inside the mussel to watch the drama unfold:
This weekend, Reef Threads published their 100th podcast, marking nearly two years of weekly podcasts. Congratulations!
Hate Mondays? Don't want to be at work or school? Neither do we. Let's take a short virtual vacation to Whitsunday Islands. Here are two spectacular high definition videos by 'hd-xposure' showing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from a bird's eye view
Named Aquaumbridae, this newly-discovered family is found in the eastern Pacific down to depths of more than 400 meters.
When the Bremerton (WA) Fire Department responded to a local house fire their investigators determined that a large aquarium was responsible for causing the fire ... and also for putting the fire out.
Last week I reported about the imminent mining of near-shore lagoonal coral reefs for fill for an US FAA-funded airport expansion in the Marshall Islands. Unfortunately, mining has begun and is now affecting nearby coral reefs.
Dean Jacobson is following the coral reef destruction as Pacific International, Inc. dredges the areas for the airport expansion project and he had this to say about the happenings this morning on one of the listservs:
"Dredging is on-going at the reservoir reef on Majuro, and an enormous sediment plume is stretching into the lagoon, unconstrained by the missing sediment curtain (the only curtain is near-shore, just a meter deep, at one end of the mining zone)." Dean also notes that he "just learned that Maria Cantwell from my home state of Washington, Chair of the Aviation committee, with oversight over FAA, is looking into the Majuro coral mining [incident]."
Please sign the petition if you oppose what the FAA is funding through its actions at Majuro, Marshall Islands. It's currently at 648 signatures out of the 1,000 goal. Let's see if we can push it over the top.
Take a look at what is affected with this destructive mining practice. It is not pretty:
2 Sept swim over dredge pits, mined by PII, at the Majuro atoll reservoir (near the airport), funded by US FAA. This reef had 100% coral cover just a week earlier, and the coral rescue plan that was due to be part of the mitigation plan is obviously not happening!
All reefkeepers know that algae is not only an eyesore but also harmful to coral growth. A new Oregon State University concludes competition with algae hurts coral by dramatically altering the composition of coral-associated microbial communities, in turn harming the health of corals. Furthermore, the decline of coral health can create a feedback mechanism that causes corals to decline even more.
Distinct symbiont species which are found in different corals look nearly identical. Photo by PennState / Flickr.
Researchers are now using DNA techniques to help classify Symbiodinium into distinct species.