Yeah, I know it can be hard to find aquarium-related news sometimes. Unfortunately, the BBC and the New York Times are more interested in world politics and natural disasters than they are about new fish species and aquascape art. But that’s why blogs like this one exist — to deliver bits of news about the deep blue sea. I’d love it if aquarium art would get more coverage, but that’s probably wishful thinking unless aquascaping enthusiasts everywhere hire Google experts to promote aquascaping websites.Well, until that day comes aquascaping fans like you and me will have to hunt through the web to get news about aquascaping and marine biology. For those of you who can’t get enough aquatic news, I’d like to share with you a few Twitter accounts that might be right up your alley.
I’m a huge aquascaping fan and my brother is a biologist, so as you can imagine we get pumped about Shark Week. We’re not the only ones — Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has developed its own cult following. And what’s not to love? It’s a week-long exposé on one of nature’s most perfect predators. Check out this clip of the Megalodon shark, for example. This extinct species of shark was giant that it could’ve chomped through a T-rex in just a few bites.
How it will inspire you: Shark Week is great for newcomers to the aquascaping hobby. Nothing gets people excited for fish quite like a 20-foot-long murder machine.
For all of you science nerds out there, Scientific American is a great source for interesting news about marine biology and ocean life. It can get a bit technical at times, but they do try to keep things interesting by avoiding overly technical jargon. They’re definitely worth checking out.
How it will inspire you: There’s a lot more to fish than pretty colors and frilly fins. SCIAM can help you gain a better understanding of the biology behind your beloved pets.
@NatlAquarium and @GeorgiaAquarium
These two Twitter feeds are the go-to spots for exciting information about the ocean. The National Aquarium in DC has the advantage of being better known, but the Georgia Aquarium is more modern with its massive whale shark tank. I highly recommend that you also follow your local aquarium’s Twitter feed so that you can stay up to date on all of the latest additions.
How it will inspire you: You may not be able to fit a 5000 gallon aquarium in your own home, so the next best thing is your local aquarium. Their professionally designed aquascapes can give you ideas for you own miniature slice of the Pacific Ocean.
SeaWorld pays the bills by entertaining the masses, so you can be certain that its Twitter feed will contain juicy tidbits. It’s obviously better to follow them if you’re planning on visiting or if you happen to live near one of the parks (lucky dog), but they also include interesting stories. For example, here’s a heart-warming tale they shared about rescuing a dolphin that had become entangled in a fishing line. Plus, killer whales are always exciting.
How it will inspire you: Some aquariums are elegant — others are just plain fun. SeaWorld will speak to the kid in you and inspire you to create fun, exciting aquascapes.
When it comes to news about environmentalism, you’re not going to get much better than Greenpeace. They were out fighting to protect the oceans before it became cool. Of course, Greenpeace isn’t quite as aqua-focused as these other Twitter accounts. In addition to tweets about the ocean, they also update with news about global warming, renewable energy, and conservation.
How it will inspire you: After you’re done upgrading your aquarium to be more efficient, @Greenpeace will inspire you to be a more responsible, eco-friendly member of society. After all, what good is being an aquascaper if you’re contributing to the destruction of coral reefs?