Tag Archives: marine biology

Rhinopia in Dauin Dumaguete Philippines at Atmosphere Resorts

After a couple of weeks of rumors in the area, we can confirm with these awesome shots by Atmosphere’s marine biologist Daniel Geary that we do indeed have Rhinopia here in Dauin. Still a baby, this weedy rhinopia (Rhinopias frondosa) hopefully has many friends around. We also hope that he or she will find a nice colored sponge or coral to sit next to and take on a  bit of color – as they expertly do. Rhinopias are among the holy grails of macro diving – very rare species within the scorpion fish family. There are 6 different Rhinopias and this …

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English-language ESL summer camps at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa Philippines

Do you have kids between the ages of 8-16 who want to learn better English? Do you want to spend some time at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa this summer whilst your kids are at ESL camp just minutes away? Then this is your opportunity to combine them both! ONE International School on Atmosphere’s premises is offering 3 fun and educational summer camps in July and August with qualified teachers – and with enough free time for your kids to spend time with family, maybe with a bit of diving, snorkeling or mountain biking? Contact georgette@oneinternationalschool.com for more information or go …

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shaun the sheep nudibranch

Unless you are a scientist, you are probably familiar with common names when describing a type animal, like CLOWNFISH or TIGER. Sometimes, names are more specific, like Tomato Clownfish or Sumatran Tiger, describing only one species. Occasionally these common names overlap and two different species have the same name. How confusing! How can a scientist differentiate between them using only the common name? The answer is that every animal has a scientific name. Latin is the preferred language for scientific names and is the standard among all animals, so it doesn’t matter what language the scientists speak or where they …

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Copeia Marine Biologist frogfish front cover

Our Marine Biologist Daniel Geary’s photo of his favourite critter made it to the world renowned scientific magazine Copeia this month and we’re very proud. Copeia is the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and the picture on the cover is of an ocellated frogfish.

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Nemo's Biggest lie, Marine Biology, Daniel Geary, Atmosphere Resorts, Dumaguete Philippines

Finding Nemo – A Marine Biologist’s View As a marine biologist, one of the problems I have while watching movies that involve the ocean is that I see mistakes that many people don’t realize are there. Even though they don’t really affect the movie, they still bother me. One of my favorite instances of one of these mistakes is in “The Beach.” There is a shark attack in a shallow, secluded cove and the culprit appears to be a mako shark. Although not impossible, this species is usually found in deeper water and it would have been more appropriate to …

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