Sirenas MD, Collecting Sponges for Medical Research

Good morning readers, did you all have a great weekend out there?? I trust all of you did something for your mothers or at least dropped them a line. Today I have an exciting photo line-up from underwater of a company named SIRENAS www.sirenasmd.com recently funded by the Bill Gates foundation collecting deep-sea sponges with a submersible owned by Substation Curacao. So first off, who is SIRENAS you ask??

Sponge Face

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

Unusual Orange Sponge: Myripristis jacobus

Good morning friends, we are up at o-dark thirty trying to get ready for yet another very busy day.. Aimee and I leave for Washington this Sunday and I will try to post while I am at the Smithsonian so just hang in there if you don’t hear from us for awhile. Today we have two sub dives, the first starting at 9:00. I’m going to have my young intern shoot a go-pro movie of me photographing the sub today and I will try and post that as soon as I can. I have a KILLER, ultra unusual orange sponge for you all today that we found years ago growing in a small cave. To this date this is the only one of these we have ever seen and we visit it on almost every dive

Reef Threads Podcast #258


Just some favia

It was a much longer break than we planned, but we’re back for more podcasting. This week it’s new tanks, growing sponge, coral harvesting for cosmetics, and cleaner-wrasse myths. Thanks for your patience and we hope you enjoy our first 2016 podcast. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
Rod’s Food website

Corals and cosmetics
Coral to be Harvested for Cosmetics, Jennifer Novoseletsky, Cosmetics and Toiletries

Wrasse myths
5 Cleaner Wrasse Myths, Saltwater Smarts via Reefs.com

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Caribbean Vase Sponge, Callyspongia vaginalis

Good afternoon, I’m home sick as a dog with some freek cold that literally came out of no where!!??? It started yesterday as a slight persistent cough and then turned into a full blown cold, talk about unexpected fun!  So since I’m home I decided to do a major update to my Mac Book Pro and downloaded the new OS X El Capitan and Office 2016 which took around four and a half hours! While that was working I managed to wash the car and change out some burnt out bulbs which I had to do because our car is getting it’s annual island inspection tomorrow morning, we are not sure it will pass. I have a beautiful “as good as they get” Callyspongia vaginalis, Vase Sponge for you all this afternoon that I found on Klein Curacao earlier this year
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