According to the University of Maine Lobster Institute, this phenomenon is only witnessed in one of every two million lobsters and is caused by a rare genetic mutation.
We once again travel to no place in particular for this week's Destination Reefs installment. Steve De Neef is one of our favorite underwater photographers. You'll understand why after you see this compilation of his best 2011 reef footage.
Advanced Aquarist has shared a number of Steve De Neef videos over the past year simply because his work is always top shelf material. Steve's travels throughout the Indo-Pacific have brought us some of the most awe-inspiring coral reef vidoes ever recorded.
We are filing this story in the "What the heck?!" folder.
Originally published June 15, 2011: HPAquaristik - a LFS in Germany - spared no expense with their main reef display. Their 3,600 liter (950 gallon) aquarium features LED lighting which simulates some of the most natural cloud cover and thunderstorms I've seen. But get this: During the simulated thunderstorms, it actually rains freshwater over the giant reef aquarium!
Coral spawn accumulation, decomposition, and subsequent fish kill on the eastern shoreline of the lagoon. Photos by Brendan O’Brien.
All sorts of environmental conditions can lead to mass fish mortalities: pollution, red tides, lack of oxygen, etc. However have you ever heard of a mass fish die-off induced by coral spawn?
When you mix together an ADA aquarium, healthy corals with polyp extension galore, high-definition video, and a catchy Deadmau5 soundtrack, you wind up with something beautiful like this ...
This is the mixed nano reef of Pierce Schreiber.
- ADA 60cm-f aquarium: An 8.5 gallon, low-profile (7" height), rimless, low-iron glass aquarium.
- MAME overflow with a sump
- Giesemann Infiniti 150W HQI 4 T5
- Ecotech Marine Vortech MP10 pump
When scientists compared seaweeds from the Caribbean, Indian, and Pacific oceans, they found something surprising: Caribbean seaweeds are much better competitors than their Indian and Pacific counterparts.
We share two oldies but goodies: 2009 HD videos by Ben Wiggins which are still possibly the two most impressive coral macro videos ever produced to this day. "Jaw-dropping" is really an understatement.
Time-laspe videos can really make corals "come alive." When perfectly composed, meticulously illuminated, crystal clear video is synchronized to dramatic music, the result is bonafide works of art worth watching and sharing for years to come. If you haven't seen these videos before, prepare yourself for total awesomeness.
Workers from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife remove marine organisms in order to prevent invasive species from a derelict Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach. Credit: OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center.
When debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan began making its way toward the West Coast of the United States, there were fears of possible radiation and chemical contamination as well as costly cleanup. But a floating dock that unexpectedly washed ashore in Newport this week and has been traced back to the Japanese disaster has brought with it a completely different threat – invasive species.
Feeding seahorses is sometimes a challenge especially if feeding prepared foods. Print a simple seahorse feeding station with a 3D printer and make it that much easier.
Do you want to own a piece of aquarium history? A first edition (1935) copy of William T. Innes' Exotic Aquarium Fishes is available on eBay. Innes Publishing Company published 19 editions of the book, regarded by many as the "aquarium bible."
For the next few weeks, we'll try something different for our Destination Reefs series. Instead of visiting single locations, we'll share one video per week of some of the most amazing multi-location coral reef footage we've discovered.
This week's video by Nick Hope (Bubble Vision) takes us to Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Fiji and Tonga. This is one of the most beautiful reef videos we've seen (and we've seen a lot of videos for our Destination Reefs series).
Body armor requires materials that are stiff, light-weight, tough, impact tolerant, and shock resistant. What better to look at than the club of a mantis shrimp!
A researcher conducts ocean acidification experiments off Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. (Photo: David I. Kline)
Scientists from Stanford and elsewhere joined to create a mini-lab in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The device can simulate predicted future ocean conditions – such as rising carbon dioxide levels – and their effects on ecosystems such as coral.
Filefish anchoring itself to Acropora with its teeth. And yes, that is a Purple Tang in the background.
Originally published June 6, 2011: In a short article featured in the most recent 'Coral Reefs' scientific journal, we learn about a fascinating Filefish in the Red Sea who sleeps by anchoring itself to branching Acropora corals ... with its teeth!