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Newly described black coral is one of the oldest living animals in the world

Leiopathes annosa is a new species of deep sea black coral that was recently discovered living on the seafloor around the waters of Hawaii and the Papahanaumokuakea marine national monument. In addition to being a new and previously unknown species, the…

Millions of tuna crabs wash ashore in Southern California

The warm water off the coast of California have driven millions of tiny, bright red tuna crabs ashore on Southern California beaches recently. Although they look like crawfish or mini lobsters, the pelagic red crabs are typically found along the…

What happens to California if sea levels rise? Check out this interactive map

Despite being in the midst of a significant four-year drought here in California, there are some are predicting a super storm in the next few years based on historical evidence and frequency of massive storms. What would happen if the state was hit…

Waikiki Aquarium management has head in the sand about recent animal deaths

The Waikiki Aquarium has been a bleeding edge aquarium institution in the world for the better part of a decade. We aquarists have revered and longed to see this world-famous display of marine life in Hawaii ever since it was…

Rising Tide Updates Melanurus Wrasse Breeding Success

Pictured above are Halichoeres melanurus, captive-bred and shown here, fully settled and in juvenile coloration, at 36 days post hatch. Back in mid February, Kevin Barden, a member of the current Rising Tide Conservation program working at the Tropical Aquaculture…

Reefapalooza Orlando this weekend

Reef Aquarium shows and conferences have become a very big deal in the American marine aquarium hobby and if you haven’t been to one of the big three yet, MACNA, Reefapalooza or ReefStock, you are really missing something special. Reefapalooza…

Centropyge abei and Chaetodon smithi: Black and yellow superstars of Waikiki

If you ever visit Hawaii and don’t stop by the Waikiki aquarium, consider yourself a felon and a convicted criminal for breaking the fish geek code. In a small public aquarium within the Waikiki neighbourhood of Honolulu lives two mega superstars of…

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…