Synchiropus circularis is the first gem of a reef fish pulled up by CAS in the Philippines

Synchiropus circularis is one of those “book fish” that we have admired in pictures and from a distance, never really expecting any fresh specimens to be documented by our colleagues. The circled dragonet is so rare, it doesn’t really have…

Friday Smorgasbord: Underwater art, resort get scrapped, library won’t get ‘Tanked,’ staycations, and finding NEEMO

It’s Friday and we have a slew of fun, interesting and unusual posts for our Friday Smorgasbord. In this week’s edition we have underwater art, a library that won’t be getting ‘Tanked,’ an interesting take on staycations and we’ll be…

New shark species discovered off the coast of the Galapagos

When we hear about sharks in the wild, we tend to hear negative stories discussing their decline in the wild or the negative impact on shark finning, but some positive news appeared recently when a team of scientists announced their…

Watch Luiz Rocha’s presentation on the Diversity and Evolution of Coral Reef Fishes

If you weren’t able to make it to last week’s Diversity and Evolution of Coral Reef Fishes, fret not because this informative talk is already up and live on the interwebz. Dr. Luiz Rocha, the ichthyologist who has described for…

“Diversity and Evolution of Coral Reef Fishes” lecture tomorrow at California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is presenting “Diversity and Evolution of Coral Reef Fishes,” a lecture by Dr. Luiz Rocha, as part of the Pritzker Lecture series. Rocha is the Assistant Curator, Ichthyology at the academy and…

Broad Club Cuttlefish, Sepia latimanus, maturing quickly at the Steinhart Aquarium

[vimeo width=”680″ height=”420″]http://vimeo.com/26347872[/vimeo] The broad club cuttlefish living at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences are going on six months old and are really starting to show the behaviors of adults. Sometimes known as the Giant Cuttlefish,…

Ornate Ghost Pipefish births are like Panda babies of the fish world

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”400″]http://vimeo.com/24687192[/vimeo] Upon returning from an expedition to the Philippines, the team at the California Academy of Sciences has been continuing to wow the aquarium world with new discoveries and achievements.¬† Last week, a video of the exotic Ornate…

Over 200 new invertebrates and 11 new fish discovered in Philippines

The California Academy of Sciences recently concluded a biodiversity expedition in the¬†Philippines¬†discovering over 300 new species including 200 marine invertebrates and 11 new fish. The six-week expedition focused most of the marine exploration on the Verde Island Passage, a deep-water…

California Academy of Sciences NightLife highlights sustainable seafood

The California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and home to the world famous Steinhart Aquarium, hosts a unique event every Thursday night. The NightLife series is an over 21 event, opening the doors for a…

Daylight soft coral spawn caught on film in the Phillipines

[vimeo width=”680″ height=”385″]http://vimeo.com/24080492[/vimeo] We’ve been lucky to follow along on the adventures of the California Academy of Sciences team that is currently on biodiversity expedition of the Philippines and have seen various postings from Richard Ross and Matt Wandell of…