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December 1, 2011
Reef Fact: December 1, 2011- Parrotfish

Reef Fact: The queen parrotfish (Scarus vetula) is one of the many parrotfish species that secrete a mucus cocoon before they sleep to help hide their scent from predators. Help protect reef species by joining Reef Relief today   Fact source:

August 9, 2011
Reef Fact: 8/9/11-Polka-dot Batfish

Reef Fact: The POLKA-DOT BATFISH (Ogcocephalus cubifrons) maybe a slow fish but it has an unique fishing advantage. Below its snout is a fin that has become modified into a moveable spine used to lure prey within striking distance. Join Reef Relief today and help protect our marine world. Fact source:

July 5, 2011
Coral Reef Facts: July 5, 2011 – Cubera Snapper

Coral Reef Fact:   The Cubera Snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus) is “oviparous, releasing pelagic eggs into offshore waters at spawning aggregation sites.” At these sites hundreds to thousands of fish meet to spawn. “The eggs hatch within a day of fertilization, producing pelagic larvae that are dispersed by the currents.”  “Whale sharks are known to feed […]

June 30, 2011
Coral Reef Facts: June 30, 2011 – Pilot Fish

Coral Reef Fact: The pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) has a mutualistic relationship with sharks, rays and sea turtles. These fish follow the larger creature feeding off of and removing their parasites and eating scrapes from their feeding. Fact source: Join Reef Relief today and help protect our marine world.

June 27, 2011
Coral Reef Facts: June 27, 2011 – Caribbean Reef Squid

Coral Reef Fact: Caribbean Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) are 1 of 6 species of “flying squid”. These squid “fly” by expanding their mantle which fills with water. They quickly contract their muscles to expel the water to propel themselves in any direction & sometimes times out of the water if they are startled or fleeing […]

June 24, 2011
Coral Reef Facts: June 24, 2011 – Spinner Shark

Coral Reef Fact: The spinner shark (Carcharhinus brevipinna) is named for its feeding strategy. “When feeding on schools of forage fish, they will speed vertically through the school while spinning on their axis, erupting from the water at the end.” FACT SOURCE: Wikipedia Join Reef Relief today and help protect our astounding marine world. www. […]

June 10, 2011
Coral Reef Facts: Mahi-mahi aka the Dolphinfish

Coral Reef Fact: The Mahi-mahi or Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) “often change color among several hues ” after it is removed from the water “finally fading to a muted yellow-grey upon death”.  Fact source: Join Reef Relief today and help support our amazing marine world.

June 8, 2011
Coral Reef Facts; June 8, 2011- Marine Debris

Coral Reef Fact: “6.5 million tons of litter enter the world’s ocean each year. 50% is long-lasting plastic that will drift for hundreds of years before it is degraded. 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based sources.” Fact source: Check out this animated video of a sea turtle and marine debris Join Reef […]

May 25, 2011
Coral Reef Facts: May 25, 2011 – Sea cucumber

Coral Reef Fact: The Sea cucumber’s body wall is made of catch collagen. “This can be loosened and tightened at will, and if the animal wants to squeeze through a small gap, it can essentially liquefy its body and pour into the space. To keep itself safe in these crevices and cracks, the sea cucumber […]

May 23, 2011
Coral Reef Facts: May 23, 2011- Sea Turtle Nesting

Coral Reef Fact: “Loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles nest on beaches in the Florida Keys and other parts of Florida, or inhabit Florida and Keys waters. All five species are considered either threatened or endangered.” Each year from mid-April -Oct. “turtles crawl ashore at night to dig their nests and lay […]