Bobbit worms (Eunice aphroditois) are about as terrifying a worm as you'll ever see. These predatory worms can grow to scary length - over 2 meters/6 feet - and pack toxins to immobilize their prey. And yes, they've been known to hitchhike on live rock.
Google is famous for fostering the ideal work-space to motivate their employees. As if free gourmet food, massages, a gaming room, nap pods, and a state-of-the-art gym aren't enough, the employees of Google Munich get to relax in this room.
Scientists have discovered a new species of Cyphastrea coral (AKA "Meteor Shower Coral") at Lord Howe Island, a small, isolated island off the Great Barrier Reef. While it looks like most other Cyphastrea (species within this genus really look similar), genetic analysis reveals it is unique.
More than 2 million procedures every year take place around the world to heal bone fractures and defects from trauma or disease, making bone the second most commonly transplanted tissue after blood. To help improve the outcomes of these surgeries, scientists have developed a new grafting material from sea urchin spines.
This is Cherax warsamsonicus, the newest described tropical crayfish species, and it is the hotness. C. warsamsonicus is found in West Papua, Indonesia.
Rhinogobius mizunoi is a new species of goby from the mountain torrents of freshwater streams in Japan (western Hokkaido southward to southern Kyushu) and Cheju Island, Korea.
Like mudskippers, coral reefs also have other amphibious fish that spend part of their lives out of the water. Leaping blennies of the South Pacific emerge out of the sea to hop around the rocky shores.
Move over Cyanoacrylate? Inspired by the natural adhesive proteins that bivalves such as clams and mussels use to anchor themselves to rocks, scientists have developed a new "super"glue called Poly(catechol-styrene) that may be the strongest underwater adhesive ever.
Helcogramma atauroensis is a new species of triplefin blenny from the Indian Ocean that packs a lot of colors - almost like a galaxy of stars - into its tiny frame.
Surveys of deep reefs (a few hundred meters down) are discovering exciting and gorgeous fish species previously unseen by man. Two striking Grammatonotus (AKA Groppos) species have just been described.
Viking V's massive 2000 liter (528 gallon), 300X80X80cm (120x30x30") reef tank is truly one of the world's great aquariums. This video shows the progression of this reef - from a pile of rocks in 2011 to a masterpiece in 2017.
Corals don't have obvious vital signs (like a heart beat) that we can take readings of to gauge a specimen's health, but new research into their stress response may give us the first metric to get a coral's "physical" snapshot.
A new study partly authored by Dr. Tim Wijgerde has concluded that while zinc is an essential element to coral health (for key enzymes), elevated levels of zinc (levels found in some synthetic salt) can cause corals harm.
Look at the spectral plot. See anything novel? Orphek's new Atlantik V4 features new "dual-chip" LEDs including ones that produce infrared (above 800nm) light.
This Cirrhilabrus lanceolatus was posted in the Singapore Reef Club Facebook page by Junkai Ong. It is one of (if not) the finest fairy wrasses we have ever laid our eyes on. And it's for sale!