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Chemical engineers developed a pump that splits into two pieces, a propeller for the
interior of the aquarium and a motor for the exterior, connected across the glass wall by strong magnets. The magnet is
made of neodymium, a strongly magnetic rare earth metal. The motor transmits torque through the magnet to the propeller
inside the tanks, circulating water inside the aquarium. Click
SARAH JONES’S first real sense of what it might be like to be a marine biologist came during
summers at SeaCamp San Diego, a camp for middle-school and high-school students. It was there that her curiosity about
the field evolved into an academic and career choice. Ms. Jones, 25, is about to begin a Ph.D. program in biological
oceanography at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. She wants to become a marine biology professor and to
conduct research into seahorse conservation and preservation. The type of camp that inspired Ms. Jones as a teenager is
gaining popularity, and is part of a larger trend toward environmental and science camps. About 50 camps, most of them
near the ocean, now specialize in marine biology studies, according to the American Camp Association. That is an
increase of about 25 percent since 1998. “Kids today want to tackle problems and be part of the solution,” said Peg
Smith, executive director of the American Camp Association. “They want to actually be exploring tide pools and working
in aquariums. They want to be experientially involved.”
The baby is doing fine, thank you, and mom and dad are elated over the birth of a healthy
manta ray. After a 366-day pregnancy, the mother manta ray gave birth Tuesday, only the second manta ray born in
captivity. The same manta gave birth in June 2007, but that baby died when only six days old. Churaumi Aquarium staff
say the first baby died after being chased into a wall by its father. Aquarium officials are taking no chances this go
around, immediately moving the baby into a separate holding pond. The baby is reported healthy, with a width measuring
1.8 meters. Manta rays generally grown to more than 6.7 meters. The father manta is the longest living resident of an
aquarium, going to the northern Okinawa aquarium after being caught in a fisherman’s net in 1992. The mother has been at
Churaumi Aquarium since being trapped in fixed shore nets of a Yomitan fisherman in 1998. A Churaumi Aquarium spokesman
says the staff is keeping a close eye on the baby, and promises “we’ll see how it works out. We hope to make the baby
available to the public soon.” Click here
Special thanks Jourdan for emailing us the link to this story.
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Robert in New Jersey
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filters and his Emperor 400 filter.
Richard from Santa Ana talks
about his female Johanni Mbuna that's holding eggs in her
mouth and about the special container that he built to
protect her and her babies, while she incubates them.
Jourdan from Connecticut
calls and asks about compatible fish to keep with a pair of
Ram Cichlids in a 10-gallon aquarium.
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