New coral named after Call of Duty: Black Ops

American aquarium supplier Quality Marine prides itself on - you guessed it - quality marine products and specimens, and two new additions to the catalogue suggests there is a gamer on the payroll.

n00b Tube and Nuketown Acanthastrea coral variants

n00b Tube and Nuketown

Those are both forms of Acanthastrea coral: The red one there on the left is n00b tube, while the blue one is Nuketown. Sounds like someone's been playing a little much Call of Duty: Black Ops, to me!

The Facebook post announcing the two new forms openly admits to the video gaming influence - and it's not the first time a video game has inspired the Quality Marine coral namer - One of Swords points out that earlier this month, The Master Chief made its glorious pink-and-purple debut.

Flicking through the virtual catalogue, you'll also find coral inspired by football teams and Star Wars, and there's also a Wrought Iron Butterfly which will, without fail, get In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida stuck in your head. You're welcome.


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5 Responses to “New coral named after Call of Duty: Black Ops”

  1. Husnain says:

    lmao n00b tube for a coral name!

  2. APE says:

    Sorry, but the phrase “noob tube” predates Black Ops quite a bit.

  3. Sweno says:

    hmm thinking of when I first heard n00b tube and would have to say grenade launcher quake 2

  4. theartblahg says:

    Pretty sure Nuketown was a song by the Neville Brothers.

  5. G says:

    Nuketown ok. N00b tube has been around at least since the beginning of 1st person shooters.

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