Our second successful transport of Sand Tiger sharks this month has arrived in Korea! These sharks, like the first transport to Shanghai are also doing well and have made it to their new homes.
Mysterious Gulf Nudibranch! After 35 years of collecting marine life in the Florida Keys, the divers at Dynasty Marine thought they had seen just about everything, until this week. In about 40’ of water in the Gulf of Mexico we found a large (4”) very unusual Nudibranch. With an orange/green color, knobby appearance and branched gills this Sea Slug is unlike any we have seen or can find in reference guides. It remains unidentified, so we are looking for help to determine if it’s just rare or an unknown new species. If you think you know what it is, Dynasty would love to hear from you.
Dynasty divers collected this juvenile sole fish. Fishes that fall under the category of "sole" are uniquely flat and can refer to several different types of families of fish, including flounder.
This article on Anemones by Nicole Helgason at Reef Builders is a must read!
Wormfish? Yes that's right, wormfish. Read on to find out more about this unique species.
Dynasty Marine is very happy to be working on the Coral Restoration Project with the Coral Restoration Foundation and Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters. Last week we assisted in placing 500 live corals on the local reef. This was their largest single day transplant of corals yet! We are very excited about this project and will continue to provide updates.
We have a new collection of Giant Isopods in stock going out to one of our clients in Asia!
Dynasty team members were hard at work yesterday doing the second of four animal transports we have lined up over the month of January. Take a look at the pictures!
When you're looking for an interesting read, check out these articles by Reef Builders.
Two of our Sand Tiger Sharks are on their way to Asia! These are the sharks we have been holding for a month or so now and they are on their way to their new home.
Rare Hybrid Hamlet found by Dynasty Divers!The collecting team
from Dynasty Marine Associates found a rare Hybrid Hamlet last week in the waters of the Florida Keys. Found in about 80 ft., near the edge of the reef,the unusually colored Hamlet was brought slowly to the surface with no decompression problems. Speculation at Dynasty is that this may be a hybrid cross of the Shy Hamlet (Hypoplectrus guttavarius) and the Black Hamlet (H. nigricans) both of which are uncommon in the Keys. There may be other interpretations of the parentage based on color and markings. We invite you to try and figure out what other kind of hybrid this little beauty could be.
We currently have four Sand Tiger Sharks in our holding facility that will be going out to customers in 2014!
Delta cargo ships four sharks to Shanghai:“Shark Week” may be over on television, but Monday was the real thing for Delta Cargo employees in Detroit as the team shipped four sharks to Shanghai, China.
The sharks - known as sand tiger or brown sharks - are bound for the Shanghai Aquarium. The four were caught recently off the coast of Ocean City, Md.
Because the sharks are designated a protected species, the firm that shipped them to Shanghai is required to have permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They are sent to aquariums around the world for educational and conservation purposes.
To connect with the Delta flight to Shanghai, the sharks were trucked to Detroit in a specially outfitted trailer with an oxygen supply on board. Two attendants traveled with the sharks during the 14-hour ride to Detroit to continually monitor the water and oxygen quality.
“Dynasty Marine is based in Marathon, Fla., and are one of the few companies in the world that do this unique and complex type of transport,” said Drew Christman with Four Star Cargo, who arranged the shipment to China. “That is the reason why we use Delta Cargo because of their attention to detail in complex cargo logistics."
Christman said the sharks are very hearty and travel very well.“They can live up to 35 years of age. They are approximately 60 to 80 pounds each and about six feet in length.” “Dynasty has shipped with us several times in the past,” said Tammy Dinneen, account manager-Delta Cargo Sales. “They have also sent sharks to aquariums in Moscow and Amsterdam.”
For their trip to China, the sharks traveled two per container in large tanks holding about 400 gallons of seawater each. The four sharks
arrived safely in Shanghai on Tuesday and will be on view in the public
aquarium following a period of acclimation.
Like the previous transports, Amsterdam has now successfully received their shipment of Sand Tiger Sharks!
A successful transport! Our Sand Tiger sharks made it to Shanghai and are doing well. Here are some pictures of their trip.
Last weekend, Dynasty Marine’s dive team helped with the annual cleanup of a local wreck known as the “Thunderbolt”. The Thunderbolt is a popular dive location in Marathon that is enjoyed by many. This is the third straight year the team has assisted with this effort. With a little help from everyone, we can all work to keep our oceans clean.
Here is an interesting read on hamlets of the genus Hypoplectrus, written by Benjamin Victor with the Ocean Science Foundation. Enjoy! Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 2012, Volume 5
Our new baby Bonnethead sharks are on the way! The pups should be born in the next few weeks and hopefully they will be available sometime in August. Check back for updates and pictures.
We have baby Bonnethead sharks! Over the past few weeks Dynasty Marine has had over 20 shark pups born at our facility. Please contact us if you are interested or have any questions.
All in the name of research.
Check out the beautiful and unique "scribble" pattern on this Queen Angelfish.
Take a look at this pair of Mobula hypostoma that were collected by Dynasty Marine and are now on display at their new home in Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters. A total of 6 were collected and they are all alive and well. Come swim with them at the Aquarium Encounters if you are ever in the area!
Check out this article on reefbuilders.com about the Blunt-nosed Basslet. They are caught by submarine by our partners in Curacao.
If you have ever dreamed of owning a Bank Butterfly, Chaetodon aya, now is your chance! The divers at Dynasty Marine had a successful dive in search of these elusive and deep dwelling species. Four fish were collected in total and will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. All fish are approximately 9-10 CM long and are in great shape and ready for shipping. We will not be making another collection until the summer of 2017, so these are the only four that will be available for quite some time. Each bid will count for one fish and there is a maximum of two bids per customer. There is a reserve price of $350.00, so please place bids equal to or higher than the reserve amount. bidding will be open from now until 5:00pm Eastern standard time, October 7th. To place a bid, email email@example.com The highest bids will be updated on our Dynasty Marine Facebook page. Happy bidding!
Be aware! Unfortunately, there are a number of marine life collectors here in the Keys that do not follow Federal and/or State Regulations. Check out the most recent article : "Prosecutions continue to grow for illegal marine-life sales stemming from 2011 Grassy Key raid" By KEVIN WADLOW, FL Keys Keynoter and Reporter Newspapers.
This is only the second time in company history that we have caught a very unique Gold Spotted Bumble Bee Shrimp. A very exciting catch!
Read this recent publication in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology entitled "Reef fishes use sea anemones as visual cues for cleaning interactions with shrimp" authored by Lindsay K. Huebner and Nanette E. Chadwick
Dynasty recently transported a shipment of various marine specimens to an aquarium in Las Vegas in our personalized transport trailer. Below are a few pictures of the Bonnethead Sharks that are now on public display in Las Vegas.
Recently Dynasty received a special thank you from Stanley Switlick Elementary School kindergarten class. We donated to their class field trip to the Dolphin Research Center. The notes from the children, read "Thank you for letting us pet the dolphins".
Check out this recent publication in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom entitled "Patterns of cleaning behaviour on coral reef fish by the anemoneshrimp Ancylomenes pedersoni" authored by Lindsay K. Huebner and Nanette E. Chadwick
Forrest just returned from a Coelacanth Conference in Fukushima, Japan. Here he is pictured with his good friend Abe-san (left) at the conference.
Thank you North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for hosting a wonderful RAW. It was a great chance to catch up with old colleagues and meet a few new faces. We are already looking forward to next year!
Dynasty Marine will have representatives at some upcoming European conferences over the next two weeks! Look for us at the IATA conference in Luxembourg, BIAZA in Bristol, and EUAC in Denmark.
Look at this article from reefbuilders.com! Dynasty Marine is mentioned regarding the collection of a very unique fish, the Apricot Basslet. Click here to check it out!