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Ghostly creature discovered in the deepest reaches of the ocean

A “flamboyant” new species of marine worm has been discovered living in the Celebes Sea, between the Philippines and Indonesia.

“When the image came onto the screen, everyone said, Oh my gosh, what’s that?” said marine zoologist Laurence Madin of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

The new species, called Teuthidodrilus samae (literally the “squid worm of the Sama”) or the squidworm, was first observed in 2007 using a remotely-operated submersible.

It was recently described in the Royal Society’s Biology Letters journal in the article “The remarkable squidworm is an example of discoveries that await in deep-pelagic habitats”, authored by Madin, along with Karen Osborn and Greg W. Rouse, both from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The squidworm, which grows up to nearly four inches (nine centimetres) long, sports ten tentacles that stick out of its head (thus the “squid” in its name), along with six pairs of curved nuchal organs that allow it to taste and smell. It moves by “paddling” through the water with rows of long thin filaments that protrude along both sides of its body.

An entirely new genus, the level above species in the taxonomical ladder for classifying animals and plants, had to be created for the creature.

“I was really excited,” said Osborn, describing seeing the squidworm for the first time. “It was so tantalising because the animal was so different from anything previously described, with the fantastic headgear.”

The squidworm lives in the little-explored area 100 to 200 metres above the ocean floor, a region Osborn says could hold even more previously undiscovered fauna.

“I would estimate that when exploring the deep water column, more than half the animals we see are undescribed or new to science,” she said.

Genetic analysis has determined that the squidworm is an annelid, which despite the vast difference in appearance, is related to the common earthworm.

“For a worm these guys are quite large,” Osborn added.

Skimz at CIPS 2010 Beijing Pt. 6

This snack bar in Beijing offers insects and worms including crickets, silk worms, bugs, scorpions, etc.. Beside the ‘interesting’ taste and textures, many people claim that insects are full of calcium and protein.

Hungry? Eat A Live Scorpion! Did they eat a poisonous insect? Frying, it turns out, neutralizes the poison.

Janet purchased a stick of 4 fried scorpions and ate them.

“I always thought that if I ever tried eating bugs, it would be on a dare, for a ton of money”, John eating bugs-on-a-stick.

Ado eating bugs-on-a-stick.

Bugs-on-a-stick was simply crunchy.

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Skimz at CIPS 2010 Beijing Pt. 5

NEW! SKIMZ TurbMagnum ST600s Protein Skimmer is a commercial-sized recirculating skimmer, designed for professional aquaculturists, commercial farms, large public aquariums, and aquatic wholesale holding unit. It is extremely efficient at removing dissolved organics and pollutants. This skimmer uses a newly developed Hybrid Needlewheel Impeller (HNI) which offers more air intake over the previous model. The advanced bubble plate technology integrated in the skimmer significantly reduces turbulence inside the reaction chamber. This result in the reduced height of the skimmer; allowing the SKIMZ TuboMagnum to easily fit into most installations.

SKIMZ TuboMagnum ST600s Protein Skimmer produces massive fine bubbles. SKIMZ TurboMagnum skimmer incorporates a Self Washing Head (SWH), which increases the efficiency of the skimmer by up to 30%. The integrated SWH is designed specially for the TurboMagnum range of skimmers. The SWH injects water on the inner side of the skimmer riser neck, washing away accumulated sludge that has collected on the side of the riser tube. The result is that the SKIMZ TurboMagnum skimmer will always be performing at its maximum efficiency, with minimum maintenance required.

Skimz TurboMagnum Protein Skimmer uses two Reeflo HammerHead pumps.

Skimz iBOX Nano Tanks come in three colours, white, red and black.

New! Skimz SPS Reef Supplements for SPS hard corals. Skimz SPS Coral Blue+, SPS Coral Red+ and SPS Coral Green+.

New! Skimz Media 1 – Calcium media for calcium reactor, Skimz Media 2 – Activated Carbon, Skimz Media 3 – Sulphur ball for nitrate reactor, Skimz Media 4 – Nitrate reducer media and Skimz media 5 – Phosphate reducer media.

New! Skimz Rock Fix for bonding live rock and corals

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Skimz at CIPS 2010 Beijing Pt. 4

Skimz Monzter and Kone Protein Skimmer running live on the demostration tank.

Skimz Kone SK222 protein skimmer features the more powerful Skimz ES5000 needlewheel pump, with massive fine bubbles. This competitively priced protein skimmer is low on power consumption, attractive yet delivers superb skimming results.

Skimz Kone SK222 protein skimmer starts foaming on the first day of the CIPS show.

Skimz New! Hang-on protein skimmer which can be used either internal or external.

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Skimz at CIPS 2010 Beijing Pt. 3

Skimz Monzter E-Series SM162 Protein Skimmer

Skimz Monzter E-Series SM252 Protein Skimmer

Skimz Monzter E-Series SM161 Protein Skimmer

Skimz Monzter E-Series NM122 Nitrate Reactor

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Skimz at CIPS 2010 Beijing Pt. 2

Skimz Kone E-Series SK252 Protein Skimmer.

Skimz Zeolith Reactor ZM120

Skimz OM5000 Overflow Box

Skimz FM150 Fluidised Reactor

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Skimz at CIPS 2010 Beijing Pt. 1

Skimz at CIPS 2010 Beijing Pt. 1
The 14th China International Pet Show — CIPS’10 will be held on Oct. 30th – Nov. 2nd 2010 in Beijing China International Exhibition Center (New Venue). www.cipscom.com

Skimz booth A023 – front view

Skimz booth – side view

Skimz Booth – back view

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Full Moon Trigger Coral Spawning In Okinawa Japan

Full Moon Trigger Coral Spawning In Okinawa Japan.

Here is a really cool video about an entire coral reef spawning. Triggered by a full moon, this Okinawa coral reef put on this beautiful display.

Corals can reproduce both asexually and sexually. In reefkeeping hobby, we constantly see new polyps and branches growing on our SPS; this is a form a asexual reproduction. However, approximately 3/4 of all stony corals produce a male and/or female gametes. Many of of these stony coral species, release enormous amounts of eggs and sperm into the water, to distribute their offspring. This species are known as Broadcast Spawners.

Spawning, must be a synchronized process, whereby many species within an area release their eggs and sperms. These events, are normally timed as a response to several environmental cues.

DistriZoo 2011 – Pet supply trade show in France

DistriZoo 2011, France – 29 to 31 March 2011

DistriZoo is addressed to the pet animal market suppliers:
•Service Provider

who which to develop distribution network:
•Pet supply trade
•Garden centers
•DIY superstores
•Food superstores
•Grooming salons
•Mail order / online sales
•Sports trade
•Specialist superstores, Hypermarkets/Supermarkets

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