Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the University of Sunshine Coast (Australia) are attempting to replicate a new-found scent emitted by Giant Triton snails that scares the bejeezus out of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (AKA COTS AKA SPS Mass Murderer) in hopes of curbing their killing spree. Giant Tritons are natural starfish predators, and it turns out COTS can smell them and are terrified of the scent.
Oh, the crazy things you find on eBay! At least 2,000, if not closer to 3,000 D&D Marine Enterprises protein skimmers acquired via a company bankruptcy are up for sale for $16,000. Apparently there's too many units for the seller to physically count.
We don't read Japanese, and frankly we have no idea what eNCREST Nextsense is or what this video is promoting. Is it an aquascaping contest? A promotion for a real estate development? What we do know is that the four aquascapes presented in this silent video are drop-dead gorgeous.
eNCREST Nextsense aquascapes. If you can decipher what this website is about, please let us know in the comment section below. In the meanwhile, we'll simply gawk at these masterpieces.
The video shows four unique and utterly amazing aquascapes. The works of these skilled Japanese artists are presented in the following chronological order:
Ret Talbot reports the The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has completed its 12 month status review for seven species. They proposed listing six of the seven species, including the Banggai Cardinalfish, for Endangered Species Act protection.
The St. Augustine Aquarium (Florida, USA) will house 250,000+ gallons of combined exhibits on its 43,000 square foot facility , including its unique ship-wreck main exhibit.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is actively cracking down on the illegal trade of protected species. The USFWS arrested a Bay Area man last week charged with selling Asian arowanas.
Or more precisely, Harlequin Filefish smell like what they eat. This species dines on Acropora, and it turns out the fish ends up smelling like Acropora too. In addition to their visual camouflage, the adopted scent helps disguise the filefish from predators.
Reefkeeping the Russian Way: "Viking's" 2000 liter (528 gallon), 300X80X80cm (120x30x30") reef tank is as massive as it is pristine and beautiful. If only we could all have 10 foot tanks! Now queue "In Mother Russia, reef tanks ..." jokes.
Researchers conducted an experiment on juvenile Siganus guttatus to see the effects of various salinity on their survival, feeding rate, growth, food conversion efficiency, and plasma osmolality. The results are rather fascinating.
OceanShutter.com presents Dustin Adamson's underwater short film series, "Rolling in the Deep" - a breathtakingly beautiful montage of colors, shapes, and textures of the Coral Triangle. This is the best fifteen minutes you'll spend on the internet today.
Dustin Adamson has quickly become one of our favorite underwater videographers, especially when it comes to macos. You'll see why soon enough. Our planet is crazy beautiful.
Papua New Guinea
Komodo (Wide Angle)
Bonus Emperor Shrimp Video
Emperor Shrimps (Periclimenes imperator) are neat little crustaceans that live their whole lives commensally on a variety of hosts such as sea cucumbers and nudibranches. Their most gnarly trick is changing their pigmentation to best match their chosen host!
We don't normally associate noise with underwater ecosystems because water muffles sound transmission, but coral reefs are amongst the noisiest places on earth because they are amongst the most populated places on earth. When a reef is in decline, scientists can actually hear the die off.
While the threat of coral bleaching as a result of climate change poses a serious risk to the future of coral reefs world wide, new research has found that some baby corals may be able to cope with the negative effects of ocean acidification.
Last week, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami filed charges against Bob Kelton and Bruce Brande for harvesting and distributing Floridian live rock protected under the Lacey Act.
If you're a reef lover, a fish lover, a nature lover ... heck, if you simply have a pulse ... Pemba Island's Manta Resort's Underwater Room is your dream vacation destination.
Polyp extension is alluring for reefkeepers. There's nothing quite like the sight of a fully extended coral swaying in the current. We can wax philosophical about the reasons why we're so enamored by PE, or we can simply enjoy polyps blooming in all their glory. Two recent videos provide plenty of eye candy.
There are some really gorgeous, world-class SPS and soft corals in this first video. We hope you like blue lighting.
The second video is far less blue but - thanks to its "interesting" soundtrack and editing - far more sinister.