Australia

CITES Europe to Discuss Restrictions on Australian Corals

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species will meet on December 3rd to discuss the collection and export of certain hard coral species from Australia.

Scientists In Australia Have Discover A Towering Detached Reef

Scientists from the Schmidt Ocean Institute team have made a new discovery, a massive detached coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef–the first to be discovered in over 120 years. The towering reef measures more than 500m high–taller than the…

The Neon Blue Eye is a Nano Rainbowfish for a Saltwater Tank

If you like to extend the limits of what is possible in reefing then let us introduce you to the Neon Blue Eye, Pseudomugil cyanodorsalis. A genus of mainly freshwater fish from Australia and New Guinea, Pseudomugil gertrudae and furcatus are the two species you’ll usually find gracing tropical planted tanks with their delicate blue eyes, double dorsals, and male fin-flaring.

Take A 90 Second Dive On Some Of Australias Most Iconic Coral Reefs

Experience the serenity of scuba diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in 90 seconds. Harriet Spark of Grumpy Turtle Creative takes us on a journey through John Brewer Reef in the latest installment of her 90-second dives series. This compelling video…

Rare Australian Ornate Boxfish On Display At The Birch Aquarium

The Ornate Boxfish has to be one of the most adorable fish alive. With his geometric striped markings, bright orange tale, and devilish grin, this iconic Australia species has earned his spot in the holy grail fish book. Ornate Boxfish…

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco Unveils Virtual Great Barrier Reef Exhibit

The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco unveiled a new virtual aquarium exhibition offering guests the opportunity to step inside the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet. The interactive exhibit named ‘IMMERSION’ is an attempt to raise awareness for ocean conservation and…

Damaged Heliofungia Tentacles Can Regenerate In Two Weeks Or Less

Heliofungia plate corals have incredible regenerative properties. However, very little is known about the molecular mechanisms involved in these processes. In one of the recent Coral Reef Week virtual presentations, Beatriz Diaz-Guijarro from James Cook University shares her research on…

Watch: Professional Weedy Seadragon Trainer Ocean Reef Aquaculture Australia

Step inside the world of a professional weedy seadragon trainer! Ocean Reef Aquaculture Australia shared a video training their hand raised weedy seadragons to eat mysis shrimp. In the wild seadragons forage in seagrasses picking at amphipods and zooplankton. In…

Larval Sunfish Look Surprisingly SImilar To A Cartoon Sun

No one expected the giant bump-head Mola species (Mola alexandrini) to have such a cute looking larval phase. Thanks to the combined efforts of scientists from Australia and New Zealand the early life stage of one of the world’s largest fish…

IUCN Red List Has Officially Declared The Smooth Handfish Extinct

This past March the smooth handfish, Sympterichthys unipennis, officially became the first modern-day marine fish to be declared extinct. Handfish are a family of 14 unusual bottom-dwelling species related to deep-sea anglerfish. Unlike most other fishes, they do not have a…