This is an excellent, must-see video with a 3D animation of the mechanics of the smashing mechanisms displayed by Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus. Imagine an invertebrate predator in titanium, and this is what you might get.
Isolated in the middle of the ocean, the islands of many Pacific Ocean nations in the tropics rely closely on fishing for their economy and food security. But a new French study suggests that global warming could dramatically reduce accessible fish resources over the coming decades.
From a virtual unknown in a remote archipelago in Indonesia, the Banggai Cardinalfish became an overnight sensation among marine aquarists and, now 20 years later, its striking beauty, bold attitude and fascinating breeding habits keep it in the perennial listing of top10 most-sold saltwater aquarium fishes.
Set to launch at the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA 2013) in South Florida, The Banggai Cardinalfish book represents almost two years’ of work and the involvement of hundreds of saltwater aquarists, marine biologists, aquarium industry leaders, and many conservation-minded supporters.
I have been a fan of jellyfish ever since I learned that they were neither jelly nor fish. I would love to be able to find a local environment that had some of the fresh-water medusae; I think they would be really crazy things to see.