March is here and as much of the country is just getting over a massive series of snow storms, it feels like spring will never get here! Have no fear, since we have some fascinatingly strange news to share today to get you in a tropical mood, so grab your fins and lets get started. We are constantly learning more about the oceans and we get all sorts of geeked out when we learn about new species especially when they are as strange and fascinating as this new deep sea jellyfish. The Cnidarian was found off the remote islands of Desventuradas near the coast of Chile.
[via The Featured Creature]
When we think of crazy animals storming the Florida coast this time of year we typically think about drunk college students, but this time it is the annual migration of black tip sharks. This swarm of sharks were seen swimming up the coast near Hillsboro Beach. The shark sightings have caused some beaches to close as a precaution. Experts note most of the sharks migrating north will be out of South Florida waters by April.
We hate fish store robberies and the other week, we recounted how a pet store in Fall Rivers, Mass., was robbed with a 180 gallon reef tank smashed by the idiotic criminals. We do have some good news as one fish, an 18-year-old blue tang, survived the ordeal after being out of water for nearly six hours. The hardy Paracanthurus hepatus seems fine and is pictured swimming in its new home in the video above.
We are always in awe of the diversity and sea life from Papua New Guinea and now a significant number of new species was recently discovered in Madang Lagoon. As one of the most diverse and threatened reefs in the world, Madang Lagoon was recently surveyed and found to be extremely diverse, as much as it was when it was surveyed 20 years ago. The new creatures found include amphipods, fern-like crinoids, and a new pink nudibranch. The French group also documented a wide array of new species, which await publication in scientific journals.
Nat Geo WILD’s “Kingdom of the Oceans” is airing the four-part series starting this weekend. THe show will highlight ocean creates old and new documenting more the 80 different species from more than 50 different locations around the world. The four parts of “Kingdom of the Oceans” debut at 7 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT March 10 and 17 on Nat Geo WILD.
[via Red Eye Chicago]