Researchers Publish Study on Jellyfish Energy Consumption That Will Improve Bio-Inspired Robotic Designs
This bio-inspired robotic jellyfish, roughly the size of a man’s hand, was designed by Shashank Priya, professor of mechanical engineering, and a research team at the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems, part of the Virginia Tech Institute
Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy.
The Green Machine is a UK aquarium shop specializing in planted aquariums. While we usually avoid blogging commercially-affiliated content, TGM's aquascaping work is truly spectacular and merits recognition (much like ADG's work in the United States). Case in point: Here is a comprehensive video detailing James Findley's latest nature aquarium, the "Crimson Sky Aquascape."
A new study helps shed light on why invasive lionfish are so successful in the Caribbean. Lionfish are invisible to small prey fish (and possibly predators too). Caribbean fish simply have not evolved to recognize the camouflage of these alien invaders.
A Clarion x Passer hybrid with perfect balance of Clarion orange pigmention and hallmark Passer patterns.
Clarions are rare in our hobby. Clarion x Passer angelfish are even more so. This exotic hybrid was recently collected by Cortez Marine, but not without some serious life-threatening drama.
Stanford aeronautics graduate student Ved Chirayath photographs coral reefs from below the water using a 360-degree camera.
Camera-equipped flying robots promise new insights into climate change effects on important ecosystems.
Kamoer dosing pumps are relatively new to the aquarium scene and scarcely available. This may change soon. Deepwater Aquatics (Florida) has assumed master distributorship for Kamoer so the KSP-F03A dosing pump should soon see wider distribution in North America. While they resemble the popular Bubble Magnus dosing pumps at cursory glance, they are actually different units with several notable features that BM dosing pumps lack.
Maria Byrne, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Sydney has researched the unsustainable fishing of sea cucumbers.
Sea cucumber fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park shows worrying signs of being unsustainable. Many species being targeted are endangered and vulnerable to extinction, as determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Sexy shrimps are one of the few animals that can avoid the deadly sting of carpet anemones. Photo by Brian Low.
Anemones of the genus Stichodactyla are some of the most colorful inverts in the sea, but they're also notoriously poor shippers, and those that do survive their trek from sea to aquarium can turn out to be deadly additions to your reef.
Eighteen beluga whales are sought by SeaWorld Entertainment and the Georgia Aquarium seeks federal approval for their import despite the NOAA's permit denial.
Ceramics are used for all sorts of practical and aesthetic purposes, sometimes a combination of both exemplified by Shayne Greco's work. He creates real-to-life functional ceramic art pieces using sealife as his inspiration.
We don't have any information about this reef aquarium (posted by youtube member "Jack Allen") other than it's a beauty! Large display tank. Mature coral colonies. Fat angels and tangs. What more needs to be said?
We usually don't blog about commercial sales, but we're making an exception because of the extreme rarity (and price) of these two Centropyges. It appears NYAquatics is entering the ultra-high-end-fish foray by offering not only a Peppermint Angel but also a Narcosis Angel for sale. For anyone with deep deep pockets and a passion for dwarf angelfish, here's your chance.
Round and around and around we go. Nothing gets between an emerald crab and its dinner. This Mithrax sculptus hitches a ride on a rotating Hydor Flo wavemaker and chows down like it's business as usual.
It's a good day to be a Centropyge fan! Only officially described in 1989, Centropyge nahackyi is a rarely seen deepwater angelfish. Breeding populations only occur at Johnston Atoll, a tiny and secluded coral reef in the Eastern-Central Pacific, making this Hawaiian sighting even rarer. John Coney photographed this little gem and Brian Greene provides us with video.
Last week, Blue Harbor (Japan) received the most epic shipment of NINE ultra-deepwater Centropyge boylei ever. Today, they posted a video of of a group of Peppermints elegantly cruising and grazing their holding tank. These fish are real stunners!
The value of each fish you see in this video is worth more than most cars. They may fetch approximately $25,000 or more each at retail, and we're told all nine are already sold.