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

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

Wrasse myths
5 Cleaner Wrasse Myths, Saltwater Smarts via

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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

Giant Barrel Sponges, Xestospongia muta

Good morning from rainy overcast Curacao! Check out these monster sized Giant Barrel Sponges, Xestospongia muta that we found at 70 feet on our drift dive from the Sea Aquarium house reef to the Substation house reef. The barrel sponge at the top is the largest at around six feet tall with a good two and half foot wide opening, these are truly exceptional specimens! As we passed we watched a single Foureye Butterflyfish swim in and out of the bottom sponge pecking at small amounts of algae from around the inside of the sponge without a care in the world.  The giant barrel sponge (Xestospongia muta) is the largest species of sponge found growing on Caribbean coral reefs. It is common at depths greater than 10 metres (33 ft) down to 120 metres (390 ft) and can reach a diameter of 1.8 metres (6 feet).

Stove-Pipe Sponge Re-Growth

Good morning from Curacao… So what are we looking at today you ask?? Well, let me tell you, this is really cool. Many have asked me “if a sponge falls over on the reef, will it continue to grow”?? Good question. The answer is yes and no.