SeaWorld CEO out as attendance continues slide after “Blackfish” fallout

SeaWorld Entertainment’s CEO is out as the company hopes a shift in leadership can help reverse a slide in attendance sparked by the controversial “Blackfish” documentary that was released a few years ago.  SeaWorld and other public aquariums have come…

A Dad’s Role in the Hobby

A Dad’s Role in the Hobby As I have noted several times in the past, for whatever reason this hobby is dominated by men. But in an attempt at equal and to promote the hobby to our fellow female hobbyists,…

Tracking wayward youth key to better reef management

Seems like “Finding Nemo” should have been more like “The Lost Boys” or “The Outsiders”. Right after birth, baby clownfish stray from home and scientists are playing truancy officers using the distance they travel as an indicator of the effects…

Invertebrate Spotlight: The Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

Skunk Cleaner shrimp are one of the most useful crustaceans that aid in cleaning fish of parasites. Even before we saw Jacques in Finding Nemo, cleaner shrimp had already become one of the most popular invertebrates in our aquariums. Unlike cleaner wrasses,…

Deep Sea Big Eyed Squid Looks Too Silly To Be Real

This newly discovered big-eyed squid looks so goofy that it could easily be a character in Finding Nemo. The vivid purple color and especially those huge, widely spaced eyes gives this animal such a comical appearance that researchers couldn’t help…

LiveAquaria helps to minimize the ‘Dory effect’

Finding Nemo was a wonderful animated tale that brought our lovable saltwater fish to the masses, and it also brought many people into the hobby hoping to bring a “Nemo” home for their little frags to raise and admire. LiveAquaria…

Things I hate in the aquarium hobby

In a recent psychology article I was reading about relationships, the author made an interesting observation. To paraphrase, the author basically said that our strongest friendships and most passionate love affairs may not simply be based on us liking the…

Yellow tangs finally captive bred by the Oceanic Institute

The yellow tang is arguably one of the most popular reef and aquarium fish in the world, and now it has finally been bred in captivity. Just last week we updated you on the most recent successes of the Oceanic…

Tropical marine life is moving farther away from the equator

The oceans are warming and the warmer water is working its way father from the equator and taking tropical marine life with it. A recent story about how the famous East Australian current (the famous “EAC” used by the migrating sea…

Sequential Hermaphrodites: Protandrous, Protogynous or serial bidirectional?

Things are rather peculiar in the realm of reef fish. Few phenomenons are clear cut in black and white. At a glance it’s as if the myriad of biological processes walk the grey zone, waiting for the deciding waves to push them…