A Journey Beneath the Waves

Coyote Peterson, host of Brave Wilderness. Over 4 billion views on YouTube and 19 million subscribers! I’d say he’s not doing too badly.  Coyote Peterson started his educating career in 2009 with The Reptile Show, which then became Breaking...

CORAL Video: Sulawesi Reef at Henry Doorly Zoo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSI5GQx65q0  (we strongly suggest you watch this one full-screen, in the highest HD setting your monitor will support!) Tim Morrissey, Coral Aquarist at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, recently shared this wonderful extra-high definition video of the Sulawesi Reef at Henry Doorly. The system is around 20,000 gallons, with the actual display being about 10,000 of that total water volume. Morrissey filled us in that the system has been through a few renovations over the years; currently he is the lead aquarist in charge of this display, having taken over in the summer of 2013 when another aquarist departed the zoo. The 10,000 gallon display area houses hard coral, soft coral, clams, anemones and lots of fish. You’ll see a periodic surge that occurs during this feeding time video; Morrissey told us this is accomplished with a pneumatic valve operated by compressed air that opens and closes to dump water in the tank.  The display is lit with 1000w and 400w metal halides; calcium supplementation is done with kalkwasser. A special thanks to Tim Morrissey for filling in some of the details on this unique aquarium.  For those who are curious, Morrissey filmed this with a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition.

CORAL Video & Highlights: Coral Reef Resilience

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHcsg3dnass Transcript of RESILIENCE, narrated by Bruce Carlson, Ph.D. Few places on earth captivate our sense of wonder as much as coral reefs. But how stable and enduring are coral reefs? Violent tropical storms frequently destroy fragile coral skeletons, but broken branches quickly sprout new growth. Coral reefs are resilient and adapted to recover from these natural events, but what happens when humans tip the balance? Let me show you two examples in Fiji. For centuries Fijians have harvested marinelife without serious harm to their reefs, but near the capital city of Suva there are may more people fishing. Let’s look more closely at this reef