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Awesome Fish Spotlight: The Catalina Goby

The Catalina Goby, Lythrypnus dalli, is one of those irresistible nano fish that puts many other gobies to shame. Sure, it may be in running competition with the flaming prawn goby or a Yasha goby but those vivid blue and red stripes…

Steinhart Aquarium’s Caribbean display is a truly realistic representation of a biotope

Few set ups truly elicit fascination and marvel quite like those done in a biotope fashion. A biotope refers to an area of uniform environmental conditions which provides a specific niche for a particular set of organisms. Because aquarists are spoilt for choice…

Happy Taxonomist Appreciation Day!

Today, March 19th is Taxonomist Appreciation Day. This rather obscure day may not sound familiar to everyone, but it should, and hopefully it will gain a stronger following in the years to come. Today we say thank you in appreciation…

Steinhart’s trick to decompress fish showcased on PBS

You might recall the hyperbaric chamber designed by scientists at the California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium. A recent story done by KQED-TV, the local PBS station in San Francisco, showcases the engineering needed to bring fish to the surface…

Massive Black Blob taking over La Jolla Shores in San Diego

No, this isn’t a huge oil slick off the coast of La Jolla Shores in San Diego as some might have guessed. Rather a massive Anchovy Shoal formed and they spend their time “munching on plankton and smaller fish and…