This has been a Summer for checking items off of my bucket list. We took a family vacation in June to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and I finally had the chance to see Caribbean reefs in person. I shot a lot of video, and will post several from the trip. These first two are from St. Thomas. The first is from a boat trip we took out to a sanctuary, and the second is from the cave at the hotel. The third is a snorkling tour in Trunk Bay, one of the highlights in the Virgin Islands National Park on and around St. Johns. The shorelines of the US Virgin Islands are covered in reef animals. You can hardly go wrong putting on a mask and jumping in the water…
Blue Fish Aquarium is an exceptional destination aquarium store in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you ever find yourself traveling through western Michigan, stopping in at Blue Fish is well worth the effort.
Here is a short video that continues my tour of Monterey Bay Aquarium from last Spring. This is one of my favorite aquariums to visit and photograph… except for ONE aquarium that appears at the end of this video. And that tank has to be one of my favorite small reef displays anywhere! Someday I will get a chance to visit after dark when the glare from the windows is not a problem…
One of the most impressive displays at the Global Pet Expo this year belonged to the marine aquaculture company Oceans, Reefs and Aquariums. I have to admit that my focus on the freshwater side of the hobby has kept me out of the loop as to what is happening in the marine aquarium industry, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a company that is dedicated to the captive propagation of marine animals. ORA also has a very good website (www.orafarm.com) where you can read about the philosophy behind their business, the history of their operation, get a look at the animals ORA produces and keep up with their blog (which is updated regularly). I am a fan of ORA, and plan to set up a reef tank soon so I can support their missions. Thank you ORA for proving that the marine reef hobby has a sustainable future through captive propagation.
I spent last weekend as the guest of the Quad City Fish Keepers club and presented a talk at their swap meet. The turn out was great! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the club. While I was in town I was able to visit three fish rooms and a great aquarium store. I will being posting blog entries on all of them.
Here is the video I shot in the store, Aquatic Environments, which is one of the nicest shops I have ever seen. Their marine selection is incredible. The reef tanks that they sell out of are nicer than many display tanks I have seen! The owner was generous to sponsor my talk at the QCFK event, and donate a 75 gallon tank, top and stand for raffle. The Davenport area is lucky to have such a nice place to shop in.
This is one of the nicest reef aquariums I have ever seen in a large zoo. The curator dedicates a lot of time maintaining it, and his effort really shows. I do not know enough about coral reefs to really comment much… so enjoy.