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Harbor porpoises are returning to San Francisco Bay after a 65 year absence

Harbor porpoises are returning to San Francisco Bay after a 65 year absence

A group of harbor porpoises in San Francisco Bay, photographed from the Golden Gate Bridge. Photo by William Keener of the Golden Gate Cetacean Research

Here's a feel-good news story for year-end: the Golden Gate Cetacean Research group has reported that harbor porpoise populations are once again on the rise in San Francisco Bay. The big question on their minds is "Why are they returning now after disappearing 65 years ago from the Bay waters?"

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Samoa crossing international date line

Samao and Tokelau are set to cross the international date line on December 29 and skip straight to December 31. For the people of these islands, December 30, 2011 will have never existed.

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Sea Cucumbers: Nature's Calcium Reactor?

Sea Cucumbers: Nature's Calcium Reactor?

Three-Rowed Sea Cucumber. Photo by LASZLO ILYES / flickr.

Research shows that sea cucumbers account for a remarkable half of total nighttime calcium carbonate dissolution for coral reefs. In other words, as cukes sift and process sand through its digestive system, they dissolve a lot of CaCO3 and recycle calcium and carbonate back into the water as nutrients for new coral growth.

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Another lovely reef aquarium

There is a shortage of product and research news to report this week due to the holiday season, so we thought what better time to share more videos of thriving reef displays. Here is video of a healthy reef with one of the largest Acropora staghorns we've seen.

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Living Color's 650 gallon "Hybrid Reef Tank"

Living Color's 650 gallon "Hybrid Reef Tank"

This 650 gallon "sustainable" hybrid show tank marries artificial reefs, live rocks, and cultured corals.

Living Color shares with Advanced Aquarist their latest 650 gallon (2,500 liter) reef installation. This large aquarium mixes artificial reef structure with live rock and cultured ORA corals to form an unique and sustainable reef system.

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Destination Reefs: indonesiaPALAUphilippines

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! This week's Destination Reefs is a medley of footage from Indoensia, Palau, and the Philippines with an amazing back-story. Many of us are in the company of friends and loved ones this weekend. But that doesn't mean we can't still have our digital tropical getaway, right?

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Celebrate this Christmas season with an electric-eel-controlled Christmas tree [video]

Celebrate this Christmas season with an electric-eel-controlled Christmas tree [video]

Rockin' around the Christmas tree!

"Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" just got a little more interesting. To celebrate the season, Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City, Utah created an inventive display that is controlled by the electrical pulses of an electric eel.

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The wait is over: EcoAquariums shipping PNG fish!

The wait is over: EcoAquariums shipping PNG fish!

Fish exported by EcoAquariums PNG are tagged with collection records.

Coming soon to a LFS near you: Papua New Guinea fish and corals! With the on-again/off-again availability of livestock from PNG, we are excited to read Ret Talbot/CORAL's report that EcoAquariums PNG is now shipping marine fishes (and soon corals).

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Drawing a fossilized squid with its own ink?

Drawing a fossilized squid with its own ink?

Squid, Belemnotheutis antiquus, drawn with its own fossilized ink. Photo by BNPS.

This seems a bit like adding insult to injury, but recently scientists unearthed a 150-million year old squid that was so well preserved that they could actually use its own ink to draw a likeness of the animal.

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Chris Ozment's 435 Gallon Reef Display

Chris Ozment's 435 Gallon Reef Display

Chris' impressive 435 gallon reef display is filled with vibrant and well-balanced colors.

Large tanks are inherently cool. Chris Ozment's 435 gallon (1650 liter) reef takes the cool factor and runs away with it! Started in January, 2010, this large "low profile" aquarium has filled out very nicely. Many large fish now patrol over healthy and supremely colorful coral colonies.

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives begins coral reef restoration program

Waldorf Astoria Maldives begins coral reef restoration program

Seamarc developed a new artificial reef system, the “coral trays”.

The Waldorf Astoria located on the northernmost Maldives atoll has begun a reef restoration program in their area. They have partnered with Seamarc, a marine consultancy firm, and now allow guests to help build new reef structures and restore damaged reefs through their new partnership.

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A crime of passion?

A crime of passion?

The Roseline Shark: One of a few affordable fish stolen. Photo by Michał Zalewski

A local fish store in Lincoln, Nebraska was burglarized this past weekend. We've reported on several crimes perpetrated on LFS this year, all of which were deplorable acts without any redeeming value. However, this bizarre burglary got a chuckle out of us. Read on to find out why.

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All black "Rotten Tomato Clownfish" spotted!

All black "Rotten Tomato Clownfish" spotted!

The "Rotten Tomato Clownfish" is a very fitting name for an aggressive fish like this.

This black beauty (or beast depending on your opinion of tomato clowns) was just spotted over at the Marine Breeding Initiative website this weekend. It's a 100% black and white tomato clown bred by Jonathan Foster of FishEye Aquaculture.

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Introducing Mitchell Brown

Introducing Mitchell Brown

Clownfish and anemone, brilliantly photographed by Mitchell Brown (www.aquaticprints.com)

Advanced Aquarist is proud to introduce our new resident photographer, Mitchell Brown! Mitchell has a keen eye for color and composition and will graciously share his aquarium photography for use in our magazine, blog, and wallpapers. Take a look at some of his wonderful work!

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Elos AquaStudio NY slated to open in 2012

Elos, the Italian equipment manufacturer known for high-end aquarium components is planning to open a new Aqua Studio in early 2012 just a short hike from Manhattan in Short Hills, New Jersey.

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