Latest Aquarium Stories

2010-11-10 10:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Raising global awareness for shark conservation, Aquarium of the Bay collected and is sending more than 3,600 individualized letters to the National Marine Fisheries Service, urging international bans on shark finning, which kills an estimated 100 million sharks each year. The letters, many embellished with hand-drawn artwork, were gathered in the Aquarium's special Sherman's Lagoon: Finning Isn't Funny exhibit. "We're pleased that so many...

2010-10-12 08:45:00

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Raymond J. De Hont, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Met-Pro Corporation (NYSE: MPR), announced today that the Company's Global Pump Solutions business unit has received an order to supply in excess of three hundred (300) corrosion resistant fiberglass centrifugal pumps for a marine life park at a world class casino resort complex in the heart of Southeast Asia. The combination of horizontal and vertical pumps will be shipped beginning...

2010-09-01 10:24:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking its commitment to inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards to record-setting levels, Aquarium of the Bay today announced that 16,552 Bay Area students, teachers and chaperones benefited from its free education programs during the 2009/2010 school year. The number marks a 21% increase from the previous year and a 44% increase since 2005. Beginning today, teachers can register for educational programs online at...

2010-08-20 16:29:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Aquarium of the Bay today welcomed a 9.5 ft. long, 319 lb. female sevengill shark, Notorhychus cepedianus, one of the largest sharks it has ever exhibited. The Aquarium, which conducts extensive research on sharks in the San Francisco Bay, will eventually tag the animal and release it back to the exact point in the Bay where it was collected. "The new sevengill, which was collected as part of our ongoing shark research program, is swimming...

2010-08-09 13:31:00

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay celebrated Shark Week with a remarkable 10-Year Birthday milestone when the attraction welcomed its 10 millionth guest this week. Julian Ruvalcaba was the lucky winner who received the grand prize package including a two-night stay in deluxe accommodations at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, tickets to Disney's THE LION KING, Shark Reef Aquarium Annual Passes for the family and dinner at award-winning chef...

2010-06-28 10:20:00

NOVATO, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to the urgent need to inspire young people to lifelong action to protect San Francisco Bay and its vast watershed, The Bay Institute has launched the "Campaign for Watershed Literacy," a $3 million fundraising campaign. This Campaign provides donors with opportunities to support various cause- and program-specific initiatives of The Bay Institute and its affiliate Aquarium of the Bay. "The Campaign for Watershed Literacy empowers...

2010-06-15 10:20:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Proving that a lifetime membership and $200 are only a click away, Aquarium of the Bay is launching its third annual "It's a Snap!" photo competition. Between now and July 11, amateur photographers are encouraged to enter their snapshots of the Aquarium's animals and exhibitions into the competition. Amateur photographers can submit up to four photographs each, until midnight on Sunday, July 11. A panel of Aquarium judges will select 10 finalists...

2010-03-11 07:55:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Springing forward into daylight savings, Aquarium of the Bay will host an interactive, fun-filled celebration starring Pacific Tree Frogs, Western Toads and amphibian friends on Sunday, March 14, 2010. The Aquarium's Husbandry and Conservation teams will lead special animal interactions, themed hands-on activities and more during this free-with-admission celebration, while highlighting issues facing amphibian species worldwide. It is estimated...

2010-01-28 15:10:00

RHINELANDER, Wis., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Drs. Foster & Smith, the nation's largest online pet supplier, has announced plans to launch a retail aquarium-and-pond-products-only website February 2, 2010. The site, www.FosterAndSmithAquatics.com, will focus entirely on selling supplies and providing education for aquarium and water garden enthusiasts. While the company has been offering aquarium supplies and pond supplies online for nearly a decade, the new site is the first dedicated...

2010-01-12 07:00:00

MT. LAUREL, N.J., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- TimeSight Systems(TM), the industry leader in the practice of video lifecycle management (VLM) for video surveillance, today announced the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has implemented the company's intelligent Network Video Recorder (NVR) platform to help protect the visitors, employees, animals and exhibits and to provide long-term audit ability and accountability. A 77-acre naturalistic habitat zoo that is home to thousands of animals, the...

Latest Aquarium Reference Libraries

Chinese Fire Belly Newt, Cynops orientalis
2013-10-07 13:41:26

The Chinese Fire Belly Newt (Cynops orientalis) is a small black newt measuring about 2.2 to 4 inches. It has bright orange aposematic coloration on the ventral sides. C. orientalis is commonly seen in pet stores where it is frequently confused with the Japanese Fire Belly Newt (C. pyrrhogaster) because of similarities in size and in coloration. It typically exhibits smoother skin and a rounder tail than the C. pyrrhogaster, and has less obvious parotoid glands. They are mildly poisonous...

2013-04-02 10:31:02

Aquascaping is the art of arranging aquatic plants along with rocks, cavework, stones, or driftwood, in an aesthetically pleasing manner within an aquarium. Aquascape designs incorporate numerous distinctive styles. Usually, an aquascape houses fish as well as plants, although it’s possible to produce an aquascape with solely plants, or with rockwork or other hardscape and no plants. Even though the main goal of aquascaping is to construct an artful underwater landscape, the technical...

Queen Triggerfish, Balistes vetula
2009-07-04 15:54:13

The Queen Triggerfish (Balistes vetula) is a reef dwelling fish that which resides in the Atlantic Ocean. This fish is sometimes kept in marine aquariums or caught as a gamefish. This fish is rather large and may grow to be about 24 inches. It is usually brown with blue lines on its head and fins. Due to its size and aggressive nature, the Queen Triggerfish is not the best choice for a marine aquarium. However, if provided its proper environment this fish may be an exuberant fish. Five...

2007-04-13 19:44:35

The Bala shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor shark, silver shark, or shark minnow, is a schooling community fish of family Cyprinidae and the sole member of the genus Balantiocheilos. This species is not a true shark, but is commonly called a "shark" because of its torpedo-shaped body and large fins. Native Habitat The Bala shark's native habitats include streams and rivers in Southeast Asia (Sumatra, Thailand, Borneo, Malaysia, etc.) Aquarium Care...

2007-04-13 19:36:10

The Harlequin Rasbora is a small fish belonging to the Family Cyprinidae, subfamily Rasborinae, which was originally given the scientific name of Rasbora heteromorpha. The specific name heteromorpha, translating from the Greek as "differently shaped", alludes to the fact that the body shape of this species differs from that of other members of the genus Rasbora. As a consequence of this and assorted other factors (including the difference in breeding technique), the fish was assigned to a...

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