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Playing Behavior of Cichlids Recorded

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Scientists at Tennessee University have recorded playing behavior of cichlids, fresh water fish found mostly in Africa and South America. They define cichlid’s playing as “repeated behavior that is incompletely functional”. This research proves that fish are social and playful creatures. Tennessee University scientists recorded the behavior of cichlids for almost two years. Their research indicates that cichlids repeatedly struck a thermometer and it bounced back. Marine scientists had previously found that species such as wasps and reptiles are capable of playing. According to a Tennessee University Professor, “Play is repeated behavior that is incompletely functional in the context in which it is performed.”
“The presence or absence of food, or other fish within the aquarium or visible in an adjacent aquarium had no effect on cichlid behavior”, scientists explained in a research paper published in Journal Ethology. It is believed that quick righting response seemed primary stimulus factor that maintained the behavior. Recently finished research illustrates how play is embedded in marine species biology. Playing behavior of marine species is termed as a part of their evolutionary history and genetics. Experts believe that playing leads to better social skills in marine animals. Researchers filmed three male Cichlids over two years before reaching a final conclusion.
Via [Daily Mail]

New York Apartment Features 1300 Gallon Fish Tank

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A New York Apartment recently hit the headlines as it features 1300 gallon fish tank. It is located at 445, Lafayette Street, New York. This glass penthouse has become a majestic real estate attraction in America’s biggest metropolis. This Astor place based apartment gives their occupants an opportunity to live in a penthouse equipped with 1300 gallon fish tank lining the wall. Wonderful location and elegant designs make Astor place apartment a coveted accommodation alternative. Total estimated cost of this fish tank equipped architectural wonder is sixteen million dollars. With the installation of giant fish tank, New York based apartment became a most wanted housing property.
Gwathmey Siegel’s “Sculpture for Living” building houses this spectacular fish tank. It is also not free from hang-ups of other high end luxury apartments located in big world cities. Lighting pattern and outdoor space covering ‘Sculpture for Living’ apartment is simply awesome. Astor place penthouse testifies that an aquarium inside an apartment is a thing of joy forever. “It looks like a fish tank within a fish tank”, says a New York city resident in an internet chat forum. Another person quips in the same forum, “I wonder if the fish are included in the apartment price”.
Via [Curbed BY]

Breakthrough in Research On Giant Flashlight Fish

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Research performed by a teenage student paves the way towards vital information regarding giant flashlight fish. Caroline Edmonda, 13 year old California based student measure how often flashlight fish flashed their glow-in-the-dark eye patches. Flashlight fish (Anomalops katoptron) lives in Indian Ocean as well as central and western Pacific. This fish gets its name from a small glow-in-the-dark patch found in a pocket of tissue under each eye, explains Caroline Edmonda, a student of Talbert Middle School. She got an opportunity to study about flashlight fish while working as a volunteer at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Caroline’s research focuses on “when and why giant flashlight fish uses lime green flashlight?” Caroline made ninety videos of Giant Flashlight Fish to obtain a crystal clear idea about its behavior.
California based teenager’s research revealed that flashlight fish glow light to attract mate, lure food or to confuse a predator fish. She points out that number of flashes made by flashlight fish were very few during night time. Ms Edmonda presented her research to the public at the venue of Broadcom Masters contest. Caroline concludes, “When a giant flashlight fish wants to flash its light, it rotates the bacteria filled pocket towards the outside of its body. When a fish hides its light, it swivels the pocket back towards the inside”.
Via [Society for Science]

UK based Woman Designs a Fish Tank that Never Needs Cleaning

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Loughborough University student Suzy Shelly has designed a fish tank that never needs cleaning. The recently developed spherical tank requires an owner to top up the water and feed the fish. Suzy claims that her fish tank features a filter that never needs replacing. This filter replaces old bacteria into plant food which creates space for new bacteria. Suzy Shelly’s discovery new fish tank is given a lovely name, ‘Avo design’. Avo is equipped with LED lights optimized for plant growth which leads to clear water. These LED lights will display red in the morning, white during the day and blue in the evening. Suzy’s fish tank is welcomed by aquarium owners annoyed with slime and cloudy water.
As there is no need to replace the filter, aquarium owners can save a lot of money by using Fish tank developed by England’s young designer. Fifteen litre tank is aimed at creating a balanced ecosystem enabling fish, bacteria and plant to work together. It removes harmful ammonia, nitrite and nitrate from the water. Naturally occurring bacteria in the filter convert ammonia into nitrate. The fish tank, Suzy’s dream project, is designed for tropical fish with a constant water temperature of 27 Degree Celsius. Plants in this fish tank are housed in seven trays so that they can be easily maintained. Finally, the innovative fish tank became a reality thanks to Suzy Shelly’s hard work spanning four years.
Via [Daily Mail]

Aquarium of the Pacific Hosts Workshop on Drought and Climate Change

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Experts shared their valuable opinions about drought and climate change at Aquarium of the Pacific recently. Glen M MacDonald (UCLA Professor), Mark Jackson (National Weather Service Meteorologist Director), Alexander Macdonald (Chief Science Adviser, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Jerry Schubel (CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific) were some of the dignitaries who spoke on the occasion. According to them, there has been an increase in extreme weather events in the last century. They opine that combination of rising temperatures and population growth made California coastline vulnerable to change. Mr MacDonald pointed out that Southern California used to experience adverse climatic conditions in the previous years. He spoke extensively about drought and extreme weather patterns.
Experts who spoke at Aquarium of the Pacific workshop told unanimously that California will have to take certain measures to control adverse climatic conditions. Collective opinion emerged from the workshop can be summed up like this, “state governments should focus on capturing storm water and recycling wastewater. They are viable alternatives for water conservation. Creating a landscape or drought tolerant plants for California natives is another alternative for water conservation”. Educational platform created by Dr Alexander Macdonald got excellent feedbacks from workshop participants. It is being used in museums and science centers across the globe.
Via [Daily News]

Dolphin Island Aquarium Accredited by Zoo Association

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Resort World Sentosa (RWS) aquarium located in Singapore got the accreditation of Association of Zoos and Aquarium. As Dolphin Island aquarium met highest standards, they are ranked among the best aquariums in the world. This unique distinction reaffirms the significance of Dolphin Island marine exhibition center as a leader in the conservation of wildlife. Marine education, conservation, research and animal wellbeing tops the priority list of Dolphin aquarium. Few institutions outside USA got the accreditation of Association of Zoos and Dolphin Island is prominent among them. Aquarium authorities of Dolphin plan to inspire and attract more visitors. RWS aquarium’s initiatives in veterinary programs, animal safety, conservation and animal care helped them bag accreditation of Zoo Association. Meanwhile, zoo association accreditation received harsh criticism especially from Animal Concerns Research and Education Society.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization which is the accreditation body for zoos and aquariums in USA and other six countries. Dolphin aquarium and SEA aquarium are the first two marine centers from Singapore who received this unique laurel. Travel website Trip Advisor ranked Dolphin Island as one of the best aquariums in Asian continent. RWS consists of Universal Studios Theme Park, Marine Life Park, and Adventure Cove Water Park. It is owned by Genting Singapore, a subsidiary of Genting Group.
Via [Channel News Asia]

Vancouver Aquarium and NOAA Works Together on a Whale Research Project

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Vancouver Aquarium are working together on a research project associated with development of a drone to study killer whales. It allows scientists to monitor and assist in the recovery of West Coast’s killer whales. New drone developed by NOAA and Vancouver aquarium scientists is named as hexacopter. It is the first time that a hexacopter is used in killer whale field research and its advantages are plenty. Information about the health conditions of a whale can be obtained from hexacopter. Lance Barrett Lennard, Senior Marine Mammal Scientist at the Vancouver aquarium said in a press release, “We can determine much more about a whale’s health and condition from above than we can from water surface level.”
Drone will give accurate information regarding habits and lives of killer whales. Vancouver aquarium recently released a fantastic aerial video of whales moving through water. Scientists at Vancouver are trying to figure out how killer whales survive without enough food. Chinook salmon is the major food item eaten by killer whale, according to aquarium officials. New method worked well wonderfully with marine species at Vancouver marine exhibit. A Vancouver aquarium official concludes in a blog post, “We saw fish chases, youngsters playing, great deal of touching and social behavior within family groups, killer whales and dolphins swimming together peacefully and much more”.
Via [Weather.com]

Bichir Fish for Display at Cheshire Oaks

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A rare variety of marine species named Bichir fish is now on display at Cheshire Oaks. They are often described as “living fossils” because of their resemblance to ancient amphibians. Blue planet aquarium at Cheshire Oaks features seven fascinating varieties of Bichir fish. They are capable of surviving indefinitely out of water and can adapt fins to walk on land. These freshwater species are mainly found in Congo basin area of central Africa. It is learnt that all these seven Bichir fish varieties will be kept in quarantine before going on public display. Blue Planet aquarium officials say, “We have been donated two barred bichir, a Senegal bichir, and four ornate bichir. Ornate bichir are the largest species and can grow up to sixty centimeter in length”.
Bichir fish are sometimes known as dragon fish due to their unusual appearance. Their skin looks like armor and it looks like armor worn by police or military officers. Recent research conducted by a Canadian scientist provided vital information regarding the way amphibians changed from aquatic environment. It was carried out by keeping the fish in a very shallow pool of water from a young age. The result showed that the fish kept out of water was able to adapt and strengthen bones. Staff members at Cheshire Oaks aquarium are delighted to welcome these fish species.
Via [Chester Chronicle]

Large Size Ocean Tank Installed in Auburn Hills Aquarium

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A large size ocean tank will be installed soon in an Auburns hills aquarium. Sea Life Michigan features a 35000 square foot indoor aquarium and countdown for indoor aquarium has just begun. Thousands of visitors are expected to visit this amazing facility offered in Auburn hills aquarium. Auburn hills marine exhibit features more than five thousand varieties of species including the one and only puffer fish shark. Interactive and engaging aquarium environment at Auburn hills attract more visitors. Newly installed ocean tank will serve as a crowd puller element as far as Auburn marine center is concerned. In a press release, Sea Life Michigan said that this will be the 7th center of its kind in the United States of America.
Visitors of Auburn hills aquarium are really passionate about themed exhibits offered here. As per information available from Auburn aquatic center authorities, it will open in the spring of 2015. It will be the 42nd largest marine aquarium in the world. Sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, and sea horses are the amazing appeals of this well famous aquarium. Large size ocean tank will keep the legacy of Auburn hills aquarium as a provider of amazing, breathtaking and educational marine experience unbroken. 180 degree underwater tunnel and touch pool are other spectacular attractions of Auburn hills aquatic center apart from large ocean tank.
Via [Minbc news]

Shakeup in Birch Aquarium Administration

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Birch aquarium in La Jolla has appointed its second interim manager in less than six months. Officials of the aquarium announced that Deborah Zmarzly will serve as the new executive director. UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography controlled La Jolla marine exhibition center has started to implement major shakeup in administration. The organization is in a mission to find permanent replacement for Nigella Hillgarth, who left the aquarium to join New England Aquarium. Official version is that current executive director left the aquarium to pursue other opportunities. Although Steven Schindler had taken over the charge from Nigella Hillgarth, he too left the organization very soon. Scripps didn’t mention Schindler’s departure in the press release announced Zmarzly’s appointment.
Mr Steven Schindler was not available for comment, when contacted. He had previously served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of National Aquarium in Baltimore. Director of Scripps Margaret Leinen had praised Schindler. According to her, Mr Steven Schindler is highly qualified for the job and his tenure will mark a remarkable era in this history of Birch aquarium. With Steven, the man who likes to lead organization from the front at the helm, Birch aquarium will definitely scale new heights of prominence.
Via [UT San Diego]