Coral Diving in the Solomon Islands, Series Preview

Every coral in our aquariums did not ‘come from’ a fish store, they did not originate at an exporter, their journey began much, much further away. Every Acro, Chalice, Monti or Soft Coral came from a tropical, equatorial country most…

‘Coral Spotting’ Is The New Trend In Tropical Reef Diving

Coral Spotting is something that reef aquarists might do at the local fish store once or twice a week but believe it or not, divers in tropical locations have typically never bothered to learn the names of most corals. Most…

Up close with the beautiful corals of Lubang Island, Philippines

Around this time last year, we were invited to visit the budding coral farms that RVS 4-Star Mariculture is developing in the Philippines. Several sites are planned for future coral farming efforts in the Philippines, and we managed to visit the beautiful…

Three of our favorite fish dives in Raja Ampat

In December we had the opportunity to go diving in the heart of the coral triable, Raja Ampat Indonesia. We come across some pretty crazy looking corals, and one super old gigas clam, however the real stars of Raja Ampat…

A rare look at the exotic coral reef of Bazaruto Island, Mozambique

As aquarists, we tend to spend a lot of time thinking and discussing the coral reefs where our aquarium marine life originates from. Places like Bali, Australia, Maldives, the Red Sea and their habitats are extremely well documented but there…

Whale nearly makes a meal out of diver

One rather lucky diver narrowly escaped being swallowed by a 49-foot Bryde’s whale off the coast of South Africa recently. The diver, Rainer Schimpf, was in the water off the coast of Port Elizabeth watching the sardine run when the whale…

The appearance of an LPS coral at depth with natural and artificial lighting

For all the proponents of what they think is “natural lighting” for corals, here’s a little bit of fodder to help them cool their jets. What is natural lighting on a reef? In shallow water it’s pretty dang close to…

Want to dive the Coral Restoration Foundation at MACNA? #dive4crf gives you the chance

The work the Coral Restoration Foundation is important to the survival of some vital reefs in the continental United State and having the opportunity to dive with the CRF is a chance in a lifetime. Now thanks to Piscene Energetics,…

2013 Digital Shootout yields stunning images, video from Bonaire [VIDEO]

The Digital Shootout is a combination photography and dive class on steroids where underwater photographers get together to enhance their shooting and post-production skills in a beautiful, tropical setting. This years’ event was held at the Divi Flamingo Resort on…

Friday Smorgasbord: Monster goldfish, fish stripes, swimming with sharks and more

This edition of the Friday Smorgasbord kicks off with the discovery of monster goldfish in one of California’s most recognized lakes. The ginormous goldfish have mysteriously found their way into Lake Tahoe alarming researchers and raising questions about the invasive…