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

Breathtaking 3D Goldfish Paintings

Breathtaking 3D Goldfish Paintings

Just a spoonful of goldfish ...

Inspired by Asian artists painting three-dimensional goldfish using acrylic paint layered over clear resin, the Italian-trained artist Chierchia Gerardo produces some amazing 3D goldfish art of his own . What's more, his art is available for sale for as little as $30! [Warning: Graphics intensive but well worth the download!]

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Two-headed bull shark baby found

Two-headed bull shark baby found

Photo and MRI scan reveals anatomy of two-headed shark. Credit: Michael Wagner, MSU

Using a medical MRI, the researchers confirmed the two-headed shark is not an instance of conjoined twins, but actually a shark with two heads.

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Northern Europe's largest and arguably most beautiful aquarium opens to the public

Northern Europe's largest and arguably most beautiful aquarium opens to the public

The Blue Aquarium is gorgeous all day long. Look carefully at the foreground. The aquarium changes its landscape as the tides come in and out! How ridiculously amazing is that?

The new Denmark's Aquarium opened its doors this month. Visitors can explore seventy aquatic exhibits totaling 7,000,000 litres (1,800,000 US gal), all housed in one of the most visually arresting buildings (aquarium or otherwise) anywhere in the world.

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Ever wonder what giant deep-sea isopods actually do? [video]

Ever wonder what giant deep-sea isopods actually do? [video]

A frontal view of Bathynomus giganteus, showing its large, highly reflective compound eyes. Photo Wikipedia.

These massive deep-sea isopods are bottom dwellers, surviving on whatever they can scavenge from their environment. Here are two videos that give us a glimpse into their normal daily activities.

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The spineless shall inherent the seas

The spineless shall inherent the seas

Stony corals currently dominate soft corals in phototrophic zones, but that may change in the next century. Photo by Ed Bierman.

According to a new research published today by the University of Tokyo, soft corals may out-compete stony corals as the ocean grows increasingly acidific. Acidification can inhibit the calcification process of many sea organisms, including stony (scleractinian) corals.

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The Secret Fluorescent Beauty of Reef Life

The Secret Fluorescent Beauty of Reef Life

A hermit crab seen in a whole new way!

Coral reefs are renowned for their vibrant colors when observed under full spectrum lighting. But by using special light filters to view fluorescence, we can gain greater appreciation for reef life's awesome, secret pigmentations.

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Controlling lionfish with 3D printed fish spears

Controlling lionfish with 3D printed fish spears

Fully Customizable Dive Spear for Lionfish Hunting V2

3D printing now enters the realm of lionfish population control with the publication of a customizable 3D printable lionfish spear.

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Imagine your skeleton being dissolved alive

Imagine your skeleton being dissolved alive

An acropora attacked by green boring algae. Photo by Aquarium Coral Diseases.

Reefkeepers may have personally encountered green algae that bore into stony coral skeletons, killing them from inside out. Turns out, this type of "death by internal erosion" may endanger entire reef ecosystems. New research shows that warmer and more acidic oceans increase the activity of these microboring algae. As if corals weren't under enough attack, science shows they are threatened literally from within.

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Ecotourism significantly alters the behavior of the southern stingray

Ecotourism significantly alters the behavior of the southern stingray

Southern stingray off the coast of Belize.

The southern ray is normally a solitary animal. However, contact with ecotourists at Stingray City has led to significant changes in the animals' behavior to the point of some behavior being completely opposite of its species.

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Sharks and rays on path to gain CITES protection

Sharks and rays on path to gain CITES protection

Photo by "notsogoodphotography" (C.C.)

Last week, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed to regulate the international trade of several species of sharks and manta rays. The vote is a response to overfishing (predominantly for these species' fins for Asian consumption) and is hailed by conservationists as a significant step towards long awaited protection.

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The reef aquarium of Javier Núñez

The reef aquarium of  Javier Núñez

Javier tackles the challenges of aquascaping a narrow aquarium like a pro!

Narrow marine aquariums are notoriously difficult to aquascape. Most of the time, they end up looking like a wall of rock and coral. Not so with Javier Núñez's reef. The Spaniard manages to create a wonderfully layered reefscape with limited front-to-back real estate.

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Irishman makes rare catch: a red scorpionfish

Irishman makes rare catch: a red scorpionfish

Red scorpionfish. Photo by Silke Baron / Flickr.

Peter Lynch and crew-members hauled up a rare find in one of their fishing nets while fishing in Irish waters: a red scorpionfish.

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Electric Flame Scallop puts on dazzling light show

The Indo-Pacific Electric Flame Scallop (Ctenoides ales) is similar in appearance to the commonly seen Caribbean Flame Scallop (Lima scabra). Electric Flame Scallops earn their name with the spectacular bioluminescent light show they display.

As if its flame-red mantle wasn't sexy enough, Ctenoides ales takes it up a notch with brilliant flashes of light.  The electric pulses of white light is suspected to lure microorganisms to the scallop for its meal.  And yes, this is another video by 'liquidguru,' the extraordinary reef videographer based in Lembeh, Indonesia.

Citizen scientists just as effective as trained scientists

Citizen scientists just as effective as trained scientists

Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator). Photo by Brian Gratwicke / Flickr.

At least when it comes to reef surveys for marine organism cataloging according to a recent paper published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

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Bobtail Squid playing in the sandbox

Bobtail Squids, AKA Dumpling Squids, are fascinating little cephalopods. Underwater videographer 'liquidguru' shares a video of this pint-sized undersea alien trying its best to bury itself under sand by flailing its tiny tentacles.

This is Euprymna berryi.  A layer of iridescent cells gives this squid its gorgeous glowing blue/green coloration.  When chromatophores expand within these cells, the squid can turn completely brown to blend with its sandy surroundings.  E.berryi also has formed "a symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria (Vibrio fischeri), which inhabit a special light organ [on] the squid's [underside]." (Wikipedia)  At night when bobtails are active, "the organ contains filters which may alter the wavelength of luminescence closer to that of downwelling moonlight and starlight" so that bottom-dwelling predators will not spot this stealthy squid swimming overhead.  Very cool!

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