Corals are highly aggressive animals. When other corals encroach on their territory, LPS and SPS alike can deploy mesentery filaments packed with nematocysts to sting invaders. Reef2Reef has a thread where members share amazing photos of corals attacking other corals.
This unique free-diving wetsuit allows the wearer to feel like they are actually flying underwater.
Innovative Marine is living up to its namesake with their new, patent-pending MiniMax nano media reactors. If you've ever thought to yourself "There has to be an easier way to change media in my reactor," well, Innovative Marine found a way.
The study animal, Chromodoris reticulata (Quoy & Gaimard 1832) (Opisthobranchia, Nudibranchia, Chromodoridae), is distributed in the Indo-West Pacific. In Japan, C. reticulata occurs on the rocky coast of southern Honshu and around the Ryukyu Islands.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to animal behavior.
A fully clothed drunk man identified only as "Matt" climbed into a 12000 liter (3100 gallon) aquarium at the four star Raddison Blu Waterfront Hotel in Jersey, UK. His friends egg him on and record the prank. Caution: Some mature language is heard in the video.
The hotel says fortunately no animals were harmed. But imagine if the tank had broken due to this man's intoxicated escapade ...
The Larger Pacific Striped Octopus is a long ignored and little studied Central American octopus that bucks the norm when it comes to social interaction with others of its species.
iBluewater is importing a rather unique tomato clown (A.frenatus). Unlike the trademark "tomato red" pigmentation of this species, this melanistic specimen is a dark navy blue.
A US government mandate requires idle Gulf of Mexico oil rigs destroyed if they do not produce oil in over a year's time. Video has just surfaced of what dynamiting an oil rig can do to local fish populations, red snapper in particular.
Undercover video surfaced late last week of a demolition of a Gulf oil rig (video below). Shortly after the demolition, video captured thousands of dead fish floating on the surface of the ocean and most of them were red snapper. Ironically, this year the government decreased the fishing season for red snapper (a highly prized food and sport fish) from 40 days (2012) to 27 days (2013).
This mandate went on the books in the 1970's as a way to ensure oil companies deal with their aging oil rigs. However, when this mandate was enacted, government agencies did not know what a diverse environment an oil rig structure could create underwater. These structures are home to numerous fish species and other marine life such as corals and sponges and are technically protected under the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. They are also home to tens of thousands of Red Snapper fish, which are a prized food and sport fish in the Gulf. Some of these structures are 30 to 40 years old and have a quite diverse animal population.
Marine scientist Dr. Bob Shipp was interviewed by Channel 15 news for their breaking story about the oil rig demolition:
"We're talking about the most valuable fish species in the Gulf of Mexico, the one on which so much tourism, industry and restaurants depend," Shipp said, "Then we see something like this, which is just a blatant waste of a very precious resource."
Channel 15 of Mobile, Alabama covered the breaking story last week:
Since the story aired, Channel 15 has learned that Alabama Congressman Jo Bonner (R) is calling for immediate action in Washington on this matter:
Look at this photo posted by reef2reef.com member Dowtish (AKA Chris, V.P. of the Middle Tennessee Reef Club). Priceless, right? If you've got any cute photos of your dog, cat, bird, or herp interacting with your aquarium, send them our way.
Many Caribbean coral reefs have either stopped growing or are on the threshold of starting to erode with potential impacts to people, according to research from The University of Queensland (UQ).
Cleaner shrimps and wrasses are coral reefs' dentists. These critters will service just about any client that wanders into their cleaning stations, and there is a surprisingly number of videos where divers' take advantage of the free dental work. We share three of our favorites.
What do you do when you encounter cleaner shrimps during your dive? Get cleaned, of course!
Cleaner wrasses need dental patients too.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: How many cleaner shrimps does it take to clean a woman?
Oh, and do you see the big moray eel sitting in the next dental chair over? As if dental work wasn't nerve-racking enough ....
Tracking large fish over the long term is a challenge as tags tend to work their way out of the fish's flesh. Using 3D printing, researchers are able to design new tagging tips that stay in place longer allowing for longer tracking opportunities.
Most urchins are voracious algae grazers, but some species have an appetite for meat. Watch this time lapse video of an opportunistic urchin consuming a dead chromis. Public service announcement: Even herbivorous urchins can turn carnivorous when starved of algae, so make sure to feed your urchins if your tank is free of algae (lucky you!).
The following video was posted at 3reef.com by 'BNR34RB26DETT.'
What would you do if one of your favorite fish suddenly developed a buoyancy problem and could no longer swim?
'synirr' found an answer: build his fish a custom buoyancy device to help it maintain its position in the water column! Based on what is seen in the videos, it appears he build the sling out of soft silicone tubing and cradled the fish in the center of the loops. While it's hard to see, a black string is seen at times attached to the top of the sling extending upward. While not shown, I would surmise it probably attaches to some sort of floatation device at the surface.
According to synirr, who made the below two videos: "[This is] my disabled goldfish scooting around in her newly redesigned sling. She has trouble maintaining buoyancy on her own. She looks a little silly, but it is better than lying at the bottom of the tank all day!"
In his first video, he shows the fish lazily tooling around the tank in its custom sling. In the second video, synirr hand-feeds his crippled goldfish. That is dedication!
After a four year hiatus, Marine Depot Live is back online. Advanced Aquarist interviews Ben Ros, Marine Depot's Director of Operations, about the rebirth of their livestock division. Ben also provides a 20% coupon code for all MDL orders (Yes; You'll have to read the interview to find the discount).