Friday Smorgasbord: Ocean Health Index, why fish school, crochet reefs, artificial islands, underwater hamsters, iMac aquariums and a lionfish derby

Another Friday and another interesting smorgasbord of news and tidbits. First off is news about a new Ocean Health Index developed by marine scientists from a range of conservation, academic, and government institutions this scoring system was built to assess…

Cocos island lemonpeel angelfish are the blue eyed boys from the Indian Ocean

And we mean that literally! The lesser known Indian Ocean form of the lemonpeel angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus), have eluded aquarists for quite some time now, rarely making it into the trade. Originating from the Christmas Islands and Cocos-Keeling, a.k.a Joculator…

TED talk: Glowing Sealife is much more diverse and spectacular than you can imagine

Bioluminescence is a biochemical trick which is performed by 80 to 90 % of ocean life but we know precious little about the different ways that bioluminescence is used. Even as a trained Marine Scientist I was not aware that…

Robotic fish to swim, monitor the open seas

Robotic fish are not the latest Hollywood horror flick but they are looking to make a “splash” and be released in the wild to monitor and transmit  conditions from bodies of water to researchers ashore. In tandem, zoologists and engineers…

Diver and Humpback Whale play tag in Ocean

Tag! You’re it! We doubt that the whale is really saying that but with what happened recently this sight is nothing short of amazing. Diver and cameraman Marco Queral captured what we have rarely seen before, a huge humpback whale…