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Frogfish

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The Frogfish is a master of disguise and full of surprises.

From their adaptive colors, shapes and elasticity, to their hunting equipment and mobility, these ambush predators have over 45 species ranging from 1/8 inch to 22 inches in size. They’re often seen perched or hanging from corals and sponges at various angles while they wait for prey.

Frogfish, a type of anglerfish, have a textured exterior that aids in their camouflage. While they do not have scales, their amazing ability to camouflage themselves serves as protection from predators. Frogfish vary in color and often have unique spines or bumps that change with their surroundings.
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June 25, 2016 |

New Research Reveals Sharks Have Personalities and Dolphins Have Human-Level Intelligence

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Source: International Business Times/Clark Mindock – June 1, 2016 in Featured, Science/Tech

Fans of the 2004 animated hit “Shark Tale” may be familiar with the core concept of recent findings from researchers in Australia. For the first time, distinct individual personality traits have been observed in sharks, adding to a list of hundreds of animals who appear to have unique responses to various scenarios. Read more

June 24, 2016 |

Fishes Have Feelings, Too

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Source  Jonathan Balcombe May 14,2016  NY TIMES

IN March, two marine biologists published a study of giant manta rays responding to their reflections in a large mirror installed in their aquarium in the Bahamas. The two captive rays circled in front of the mirror, blew bubbles and performed unusual body movements as if checking their reflection. They made no obvious attempt to interact socially with their reflections, suggesting that they did not mistake what they saw as other rays.
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June 18, 2016 |

Fish Are Smarter Than You Think

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Source  Katherine Martinko, treehugger.com 

Science has shown fish to be capable of collaboration, recognition, astonishing feats of memorization, and craving physical touch.

Fish are usually not considered to be the most intelligent animals. They have long been viewed as simple creatures that spend their lives swimming around a vast shadowy world about which we understand relatively little. They are caught relentlessly – an estimated half-trillion a year that, if lined up end-to-end, would reach the sun – and are either eaten or tossed back into the ocean as unwanted bycatch.
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June 14, 2016 |

CHOO CHOO . . . It’s Manta Ray Train

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High on the priority list of creatures to see for all divers is the majestic manta ray.. These are highly intelligent creatures with many showing a remarkable ability to interplay with divers and snorkellers. In fact, they have the largest brain-to-body ratio of all sharks and rays which may explain this playfulness

Mantas are the largest of the rays that glide through the water much like birds through the air. Closely related to the shark, these gentle giants feed on plankton, fish larvae and the like, filtered from the water passing through their gills as they swim.

Mantas live in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. They prefer open water close to the surface, only dropping to the floor to have parasites removed by cleaner wrasse

10 Facts about Manta Rays

1) The word Manta is Spanish for Blanket or Cloak and I’m sure you can see why. Refers to their large “blanket shaped” bodies.

2. In contrast to other stingrays who prefer digging through sandy sea bottom, manta rays cruise the open oceans and only get close to the sea bed to get cleaned.

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May 19, 2016 |

Turtles of Baja

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by Tara Short

Olive Ridley and Leatherback sea turtles all frequent the productive waters in this region and make for exciting encounters when on a dive. Coming face to face with prehistoric reptiles reminds me why I started diving in the first place. Speckled brown shells, intricate green scales, and slow graceful gliding, these turtles make epic journeys across the sea–some even swimming half way to Japan and back!
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May 13, 2016 |

Bobbit Worm

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Is it just me or does the Bobbit Worm kind of remind you of the underground creatures from the movie Tremors, Alien or Predators.

A common myth about the Bobbit Worm is that they got their name from the fact that the female worms cuts off the penis of the male worm after mating, and then feeds it to her young.  Remember the John & Lorena Bobbit story.  Well, this is actually not true. In fact, the worms lack penises entirely.
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May 10, 2016 |

Disco Clam

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Nestled in cracks and crevices in coral reefs off the coast in South East Asia, so-called disco clams are busy putting on a light show. But unlike many animals in the ocean that produce their own light, a new study finds that these flashy mollusks catch and reflect ambient light for their displays.

Found throughout the Indo-Pacific, Ctenoides ales is a striking saltwater clam with colorful tendrils and a peculiar talent long known to divers: It produces flashes of light that at first glance look like flickers of neon or ripples of electricity. Hence its nickname, the “electric”, or disco clam.
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May 4, 2016 |

Gobies, Blennies, & Dragonets

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Gobies, Blennies, & Dragonets share many characteristics. They are small, bottom-dwelling, mostly carnivorous fishes that can be found in virtually every niche and habitat type in temperate and tropical seas worldwide.
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April 29, 2016 |

Splendid Toadfish

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The Cookie Monster from Sesame Street?

The splendid toadfish has a highly restricted distribution, occurring in Caribbean, around Cozumel Island, situated off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and around a single reef off the coast of Belize. Adults size are about 4-6 Inches..
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April 29, 2016 |
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