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
Eel with Winnipeg Manitoba aquarium staff
Valerie Taylor and her eel friend
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.