Reef Threads Podcast #271

Helfrichi firefish will likely be the mid-water occupants in Gary’s new tank.

We’re back again. This week we talk about glass-sponge reefs and go on a shopping trip to Diver’s Den to assemble an animal plan for Gary’s new tank. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Glass-sponge reefs
Ancient glass sponge reef discovered off B.C. coast, Betsy Trumpener and Carolina deRyk, CBC News

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Orange Cup Coral, Tubastraea coccinea

Good morning all, I have a beautiful colony of Orange Cup Corals at the base of a giant sea fan for you viewing pleasure today that was taken on one of our numerous night dives. As you may or may not know, many corals feed at night. These cup corals collapse into a hard “button” during the day but at night they open and extend their tentacles to capture floating plankton. Many don’t know this but Tubastrea coccinea “Orange Cup coral” is an invasive species just like the lionfish. While lionfish get all the attention and are subjected to extraction derbies and are appropriately placed on a platter, orange cup coral silently keeps on growing. Fortunately it is much more selective than lionfish

Vertical Gorgonian Image

ABOUT Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last ten years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest. General

Caribbean Underwater Reef Scene

Good morning friends, I have a soothing underwater reef scene for you all today that I took yesterday in 30 feet of water in front of Mambo Beach. For some odd reason the winds have finally died down and the water was still and clear for once, that means yours truly can once again get out there and get some much needed beauty pictures like the one I have here. Moments after shooting this I found a frogfish which as some of know is the coolest fish on the reef but so hard to find due to their camouflage! Because I had a 16mm wide-angle lens on I was unable to get a photo but I am planning on going back out in a bit to once again search for him but because of his algae colored body I am not expecting to find him. Yesterday the water was so clear as you can see from the above photo, we just don’t get days like that much anymore, diving here has really changed over the years

Gorgonians in Curacao

Happy New Year one and all!!!! I have to say I am glad that night is over, it was a tough night for two of our dogs meaning we did nothing but close up the house and stayed with them all night, Indi was the only one out of all of us wanting to go out and watch, she is such a character… I am finally drying out after a long week of diving with Alan and Karen who are now both back home safe and sound. I spent the weekend getting in some long bike rides and getting a ton of projects done around the house, it’s like a never-ending list. Yesterday on our 30 mile bike ride we came across two of the saddest dogs I have seen to date, one was just skin and bones and would be surprised if it made it through the night… Once home I raced back out to where I had last seen them but could not find either but left a ton of food and water, will go back again today to check again, it’s so sad!!  Aimee and I are both being flown to Washington to the Smithsonian Institution february 8th through the 13th to do talks about what we do not only at the museum but at local high schools as well, will get you those dates when I have them. I have a little coral reef scene for you all today that I shot just a short distance away from our Substation house reef with Karen and Alan