Georgia Aquarium Cam Launched For Shark Week

The Discovery Channel and the Georgia Aquarium have teamed up to provide a live “fish-eye” view of a variety of sharks living within the world’s largest indoor aquatic habitat, the Ocean Voyager.

After more than 6 years in development, Ocean Presence’s OPT-02HD AquariCam is now live within the Georgia Aquarium’s six million gallon aquarium and will be broadcasting from July 14 through Discovery’s annual Shark Week, July 31 – Aug. 6, 2011.

Look out for the Whale Sharks and Manta Rays! (Georgia is about 4 hours behind the UK and the lights come on at about 0730hrs, so that’s 1130hrs here in the UK)

(if the player isn’t visible, click HERE to view it off-site)

UK Seahorse Breeder Now Supplying Europe

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UK-based seahorse breeders Simply Seahorses have recently announced that, following the establishment of a successful breeding programme, their captive bred juvenile Hippocampus erectus are now being distributed via major European importer, DeJong Marinelife. Through this outlet, these horses will be going on to various European destinations, including public aquaria.

Digital-Reefs was lucky enough to be able to visit and view the breeding system which forms part of Simply Seahorses retail outlet at Anderton in Cheshire, and see several batches of babies being grown on.  Actually, the specimen imaged was auspiciously born on the day of the shoot. The fabulous parents were also on show as were a brood of H. kuda babies and lots of other marine species, including plenty of other Syngnathids. For more information on seahorses, visit the profile page.

Rescued Cuttlefish Eggs Hatch At UK Aquarium

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Staff at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay are celebrating after more than 100 cuttlefish eggs recently hatched out.

What makes the story more interesting is that the eggs themselves were donated to the aquarium by a local fisherman who found them attached to one of his lobster pots.

Blue Reef’s Matt Slater said: “Although they’re each only a few centimetres long you can already see them changing their shapes and colours. Despite their size they’re natural born predators and are able to kill and eat a shrimp twice their own length on the very day they hatch.”


Rare Red Velvetfish Bound for Public Display

Hot on the heels of the two lovely red Cryptic Wrasses sighted at Cheshire Waterlife last week, comes a real oddity.

Although this one is also red in colouration, it couldn’t really be more different to the Wrasses. Indeed, this is surely a case of ‘beauty and the beast’!

The ‘beast’ in question is a Velvetfish, possibly an Adventor or Paraploactis species, and as such is rarely seen in the wild let alone in captivity. With the specimen imported through TMC and apparently bound for a public display, you may see more of this fish in the future!

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National Aquarium Turtle Gets A Brain Scan

image: Neil Hope,

Although staff were worried that she might have a brain tumour, Snorkel, the rare Loggerhead Turtle housed at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, has been given the all clear after receiving an MRI scan.

One of the star attractions at the Aquarium, Snorkel was rescued back in 1990 after she was found washed up in Cornwall. Being partially blind and with spinal deformation, she has suffered from suspected epileptic fits for the last five years, and is given medication twice a day to control them. These health problems also mean that unfortunately she can not be released back into the wild.

More on this story HERE

Hunting For Choice Corals With Steinhart Biologists


Filmed during the California Academy of Sciences 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition this super video shows Steinhart Aquarium biologists collecting coral frags in some stunning reef locations (that may give you some nice aquascaping and biotope ideas).

These fragments, legally exported from the Philippines, were collected for cultivation at the San Fransisco-based aquariums Golden Gate Park facility as part of an effort to create a sustainable collection.

At the specialised facility, the frags will now be grown into larger colonies, which will then be fragged again to produce corals for display, in-house research projects and exchange with other zoos and aquaria.

Exchanging captive-propagated corals is one way that forward thinking institutions like this are reducing collection pressures on wild reefs.