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Dancing at the Blue Dragon

Dancing at the Blue Dragon

Blue dragon nudibranch munched hydroids along the ridge. This picture glows in the memory banks of those who visit Hawaii. Reef encounters spell gratification and love and repeat business. Or they fade to black because a voracious aquarium trade plucks iconic public...
In Memory: Harambe

In Memory: Harambe

Undulated Moray Eel at Home is counting her lucky starfish. She’s not an inmate at the Cincinnati Zoo or any aquarium. She’s “a very powerful animal,” and “my heart was pounding,” and the situation was “terrifying,” when those poor little shrimp and that baby cleaner...
Mushroom Coral Shrimp

Mushroom Coral Shrimp

Mushroom Coral Shrimp could sit on a shrimp’s patootie—or drape a long claw around a tentacle for balance after cocktails. Reef wildlife critters are a prime tourist destination daily in Dumaguete on the Philippine island of Negros, where the aquarium trade is banned,...
Arceye Hideaway

Arceye Hideaway

Arceye hawkfish sells online though she’s an icon of Hawaii reefs and a public trust. She won’t go voluntarily—none do—as nets trash the habitat coral too. Who cares? David Ige? Are you awake? Please share. Email:...
When the Aegean Sea was Dead

When the Aegean Sea was Dead

I picked up a mask, fins & snorkel in Athens on the way to Mykonos in the summer of ’69. We camped near the shoreline and ate at a primitive lean-to with an oven & a table & chairs. I saw a single fish who seemed to expect my arrival with a welcome...
Yo Dave! Are You Awake?

Yo Dave! Are You Awake?

Hawaiian Honey Creeper (I’iwi) is protected by law because they live above sea level. WHAT IF some guys with nets really needed a few bucks and went up to get’um? Please share. Email: http://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/contact-the-governor/ AND: info@davidige.org...
Pyramid Scheme

Pyramid Scheme

Remove the pyramid butterflyfish and milletseed butterfly fish from this reef, and you get about $50 in an aquarium collector’s pocket and an empty reef. Please share. Email: http://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/contact-the-governor/ AND: info@davidige.org Aquarium...
A Hawaii Reef Icon

A Hawaii Reef Icon

Moorish Idol is a Hawaii reef icon who lives for years in the wild but dies quickly in a glass tank. So why are traffickers allowed to ship them daily to supply the aquarium trade when the voters of Hawaii want the aquarium trade to end? Please share. Email:...

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