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

60,000 crown-of-thorns starfish removed from the Great Barrier Reef

60,000 crown-of-thorns starfish removed from the Great Barrier Reef

Ugly, poisonous, and eats coral. Photo by Ewen Roberts / Flickr.

Since August 2012, more than 60,000 destructive crown-of-thorns starfish were removed from the Great Barrier Reef. This number shows just how severe the infestation is on one of the world's largest reefs.

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Lady Gaga buys $60,000 aquarium for post-surgery therapy

Lady Gaga buys $60,000 aquarium for post-surgery therapy

Lady Gaga

The eclectic pop megastar Lady Gaga reportedly spent £40,000 ($60,000) on a massive aquarium and 27 expensive Koi fish flown in from Japan. Gaga is recovering from hip surgery and allegedly had a dream about fish aiding her recuperation, so she splurged for expensive aquarium therapy.

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Scientists create new maps depicting potential worldwide coral bleaching by 2056

Scientists create new maps depicting potential worldwide coral bleaching by 2056

Coral reefs in Polynesia. Credit: Thomas Vignaud

New maps show how rising sea temperatures are likely to affect all coral reefs in the form of annual coral bleaching events under different emission scenarios.

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Crustaceans are champions of weird and wonderful specialized habitats

Crustaceans are champions of weird and wonderful specialized habitats

Tetralia nigrolineata in Acropora

The places in which crabs, shrimps, and lobsters live are as varied and fascinating as any group of animals in the world. We share eight videos by diver/videographer 'liquidguru' to prove that reef crustaceans are adept at making safe homes for themselves in any environment.

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How much protection is enough?

How much protection is enough?

Bicolor angelfish (Centropyge bicolor) in foreground. Fiji. 2008. Photographer: Julie Bedford, NOAA PA.

Overall marine protection is a success story. However, the success of a reserve also depended on its size and how it was managed.

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If you thought big bristleworms were scary ...

If you thought big bristleworms were scary ...

Bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois)

Let 'liquidguru' introduce you to the bobbit worm. These predatory polychaetes (segmented worms) can grow to a mind-boggling 10 feet (3 meters) in length, but that's not even their scariest part! The business end of bobbit worms are armed with sharp pincers designed to snare and slice.

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Seahorse - Selection, Breeding, Diseases [video]

In part two of the seahorse video series, AmericanReef visits with Jules to discuss more details about keeping seahorses.

Specifically, he will review the types of seahorses that the new hobbyists can select to start a successful journey in seahorse keeping. As well as discuss his experiences breeding seahorses and review some common seahorse diseases.

Please email any questions or comments to AmericanReef@Me.com.

The Bargibanti's Pygmy Seahorse

The Bargibanti's Pygmy Seahorse

Bargibanti's Pygmy Seahorse. Photo by James Wiseman

Bargibanti's pygmy seahorses are one of the most popular subjects for reef divers to photograph ... if divers can find. We share information, video, and photos about these tiny muppet-like jewels of the sea.

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MACNA 2013 is kid-friendly

MACNA 2013 is kid-friendly

2011 SPG Members Favorite List: Best Family Experience

A kid-friendly MACNA? That is something one does not hear often!

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Researchers uncover treasure trove of new species in Papua New Guinea

Researchers uncover treasure trove of new species in Papua New Guinea

A new species of Amphipod (genus Leucothoe)

PNG is proving to be fertile seas for new discovery. A recent cooperative scientific survey of Madang Lagoon turned up a gold mine of new tropical species - from nudibranchs to crinoids to amphipods.

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Spot and stripe patterns on butterflyfish: Are they really useful?

Spot and stripe patterns on butterflyfish: Are they really useful?

Four-eyed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon capistratus). Photo by Brian Gratwicke / Flickr.

It is believed that spot and stripe patterns in animals evolved over time to help them blend in with their environment and to evade predators. Is this indeed the case?

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We present to you: The Halimeda Crab

We present to you: The Halimeda Crab

Huenia heraldica, the halimeda crab

Nature [expletive] rocks! Introducing Huenia heraldica, the halimeda crab. Its ability to camouflage in Halimeda algae (duh!) is nothing short of remarkable. These crabs range throughout the vast Indo-Pacific, yet they're difficult to spot and rarely encountered by aquarists because they are true masters of disguise.

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Corals use fluid dynamics to their advantage

Corals use fluid dynamics to their advantage

Tracks of fluorescent beads reveal the complex cilia-driven flow between Pocillopora damicornis coral polyps. Each polyp is approximately 1 millimeter in diameter. Photo by Stocker Group, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT.

Using their hairlike protrusions from their surface (called cilia), corals can direct water flow across their surface in a variety of ways.

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'Blood Test' for sick corals (zooxanthallae to be more accurate)

'Blood Test' for sick corals (zooxanthallae to be more accurate)

Blood work for corals?

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies are developing a method to gauge corals' stress level by measuring the hemoglobin-like proteins in zooxanthellae. These proteins "respond rapidly and dramatically to temperature and nutrient stresses," which may allow scientists to identify corals for risk of bleaching.

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P.O.T.O. marine fish guide available for Android and iOS smartphones

P.O.T.O. marine fish guide available for Android and iOS smartphones

Pieces of the Ocean app displays information about fish at your local fish store.

Pieces of the Ocean, a free marine fish app available for both Android and iOS smartphones, displays information about marine fish at your local fish store.

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