Google Street View has branched into more than just street views. Google has added a series of Street View Collections including Antarctica, Historic Italy, California National Parks and the Amazon. In the Amazon collection you will find views of the Rio Negro (Amazon River tributary), Tumbira Community and the Amazon Rain Forest. Visit the Street Scene Collections to view it for yourself. Each collection has a series of different views, make sure to see them all.
The OCA Extravaganza is a three day long celebration of cichlids and catfish held annually in Strongsville, OH. This year the event will be held November 16th – 18th. For registration and more information, visit the OCA 2012 Extravaganza page
According to eTN (Global Travel Industry News), a meeting between the Tanzanian minister for Transport and Germany’s Federal ministry of transport has taken place to “chart out areas of bilateral cooperation”. An aviation agreement has been signed between the two countries hoping to persuade Lufthansa to re-introduce its flights to Tanzania. Tanzania does border all three of the major African lakes. The agreement’s impact on tourism, exports and the environment will have to be seen.
The Toledo Zoo Aquarium will be closing for 2 years in order to do a $25 million renovation. Originally opened in 1939, this will be the first major renovation in its 73-year history. Although fans of the aquarium will have to go without for 2 years, the renovation will more than triple the amount of gallons on exhibit. Another plus is that other aquariums will benefit as 75% of fish are being shipped to other zoos. For instance, the Minneapolis Zoo has already received frontosas and Moody Gardens of Galveston, Texas, recently picked up 40 Yssichromis piceatus.
The smallest fish in the world is Paedocypris progenetica. Adults reach a size of only 10 mm (0.4 in). This species makes even the smallest dwarf cichlid seem large in comparison. This cyprinid is endemic to Indonesia where it’s found in water that measured a pH of 3.0! This species is so small, that until this year, it was considered the smallest vertebrate in the world. What’s the smallest cichlid in the world, you ask? That answer is up for debate. Chances are it is one of the South American dwarf cichlids or one of the Tanganyikan shell dwellers.
An amazing HD video of fish in Lake Tanganyika. Last almost 12 minutes, but in that time you will see schools of Cyprichromis, nesting featherfins, Tropheus, shelldwellers, Synodontis large groups of Neolamps, Cyphotilapia, Altolamprologus and many more. A must see!
Bolivian President Evo Morales has enacted a law to protect Amazon river dolphins. This new law makes it not only illegal to fish this freshwater dolphin, but it also encourages programs to protect their habitats which have been damaged by erosion, pollution and woodcutting in the river basins. Habitat destruction threatens all inhabitants of Amazon rivers, including cichlids. For more infomation on this story, read the Washington Post story