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

Pet eel

I stumbled upon an unbelievable video we shared a few years ago featuring Oliver the Green Eel, an incredibly tame moray. Oliver is not the only moray eel that enjoys people petting them.

Before you watch these videos and think it's a good idea to pet an eel, you might want to google "eel bite" (many NSFL photos will grace your computer screen).  These videos are not intended to encourage anyone to handle moray eels but to simply show the amazing bonds between these eels and their human friends.  Morays may look menacing, and their teeth can inflict some serious, SERIOUS damage to flesh (google it if you have the stomach for it).  But paradoxically, some eels are also puppy-like, friendly, inquisitive.  Cases in point:

Oliver the Green Eel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9rqxh0tpjw

Eel with Winnipeg Manitoba aquarium staff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H1ipbS3q6s

Valerie Taylor and her eel friend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IQ2I-P8Uc

Boston's Museum of Science completes the 'Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River' exhibit

Boston's Museum of Science completes the 'Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River' exhibit

Tank and crawl-through area with water feature and living walls

Tenji has completed the design and construction of MOS' newest exhibit. The Yawkey Gallery provides visitors an interactive experience to help people understand the connection between man and nature on Boston's Charles River.

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When it comes to claws, right-handed attracts the girls

When it comes to claws, right-handed attracts the girls

Credit: Credit Bernardo J. O'Connor, University of Adelaide

A tiny marine crustacean with a great big claw has shown that not only does size matter, but left or right-handedness (or in this case, left or right-clawedness) is important too.

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Parts of Great Barrier Reef in serious trouble

Parts of Great Barrier Reef in serious trouble

Researchers survey bleached corals in shallow water in the Kimberly region, Western Australia, during current bleaching event. Credit: Chris Cornwall

2016 has proven to be one of the worst years for corals on large parts of the GBR. Mass bleaching has killed 35% of corals in the northern and central GBR, and it's not over. It will take the GBR decades to recover assuming conditions don't get worse in coming years. The good news is the southern portion of the GBR are showing more resilience.

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Cirrhilabrus isosceles, a new fairy wrasse

Cirrhilabrus isosceles, a new fairy wrasse

Photo by Hiroshi Senou

Cirrhilabrus isosceles is a newly described species and the 52nd member of fairy wrasses. Its current known natural range is from northern Philippines to Ryukyu Archipelago (Japan), occurring at a depth of 24-60 meters.

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Whole Foods to sell lionfish meat

Whole Foods to sell lionfish meat

Photo by Alexander Vasenin

USA supermarket Whole Foods will be the first major chain to sell fresh lionfish. Whole Foods will roll out availability to 26 of its Florida stores on June 1, 2016. If all goes well (and we hope it does), we may see broader availability in the future.

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Prickly Peter Pans: Sea urchins do not "age"

Researchers have discovered something remarkable about sea urchins: they experience negligible senescence (biological aging). A 100 year old sea urchin is as spry as a newborn.

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ADA 90p Aquascape: "Running Up That Hill"

BD Aquascaping published a video showing the entire set-up process of "Running Up That Hill." The process itself really is as beautiful as the finished product and should serve as a great inspiration to expand your aquascaping techniques.

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Genital size doesn't matter -- for fish

Genital size doesn't matter -- for fish

Photo by: Stuart Hay, ANU

Big isn't always better when it comes to the size of male genitals, according to new research. Scientists found when it comes to fish, females don't find males with big genitals any more attractive than those with normal or smaller genitals.

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Amazing short film starring reef fluorescence

'WEATHER – a Coral Nightmare' is a (strangely titled) short film shot and produced by Reef Patrol that showcases the spectacular biofluorescence of reef life on a macro scale. The footage is some the very best we've seen.

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Baby fish less stressed with big predators nearby

It's a fish eat fish world. Research has found that small, baby fish are less stressed when there are big predators around. Large predators prey on smaller predators (referred to as mesopredators) who prey on smaller fish, so having these big guys is comforting for the small guys.

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Watch 4K reef videos, help fund reef research

Research doesn't come cheap. In an effort to fund his research, Dr. Tim Wijgerde (a regular Advanced Aquarist contributor) is publishing ultra HD videos showcasing reef life. By simply watching (and sharing) these videos, you support reef research.

Meet the Bulbonaricus pipefish!

Meet the Bulbonaricus pipefish!

For anyone who knows Galaxea corals, look at the polyps for the scale of this fish. It's TINY!

Here is a fish we bet you've never seen in real life. Ned DeLoach of blennywatcher.com photographed this tiny pipefish (size of a toothpick!) weaving its way in between coralites of a Galaxea coral. Oh, and blennywatcher has a shiny, new, awesome website you should check out!

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A beautiful mess

Contrary to minimalist Iwagumi aquascapes or the lush, manicured Dutch aquascapes, jungle and nature aquascapes - like this tank - may not look as prim and proper. And that's precisely the point.

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Nine new goby species and four new genera

Thanks to advances in submersible technology, recent exploration of mesophotic (AKA twilight zone) Caribbean reefs have yielded nine new deep-water goby species and a reclassification of the Nes subgroup of gobies.

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