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Octlantis: Scientists Discover Octopus City, Human-Like Social Interactions Among ‘Gloomy Octopuses’

Although the so-called “gloomy octopus” has the reputation of being a loner, 15 such octopuses make up the population of a “city” scientists have dubbed as “Octlantis.” And reports suggest that the cephalopods in this area exhibit a lot of behaviors that aren’t unlike our own social interactions as humans. According to a report from Techly, the “octopus city” can be found in eastern Australia’s Jervis Bay , where 15 common Sydney octopuses, or “gloomy octopuses,” engage in complex social behaviors, contrary to their known status as creatures who don’t interact much with their own kind. The scientists observed the animals’ behavior by leaving cameras at the area, tracking them for eight days and debunking the old “loner” theories. Based on the researchers’ findings, the residents of Octlantis are able to hang out and meet up with each other, and even “hook up,” showing the ability to communicate and socialize....
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PADI Joins Global Ghost Gear Initiative

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world’s largest recreational diver training organization, has joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), the first global alliance working to solve the worldwide problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear, known as ghost gear. Founded by World Animal Protection in 2015, the GGGI works to reduce the volume of ghost gear, remove and recycle such gear, and rescue entangled animals. By aligning with the GGGI, PADI Divers can be mobilized to look for and report harmful ghost gear that annually entangles and kills marine life including hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds. PADI joins GGGI as a member of its global solutions group to help develop new ways of mitigating the ghost gear problem. This complements the efforts of PADI’s long-standing conservation partner, Project AWARE®, which actively works as a GGGI member to build evidence through programs like Dive...
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PADI Joins Global Ghost Gear Initiative

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world’s largest recreational diver training organization, has joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), the first global alliance working to solve the worldwide problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear, known as ghost gear. Founded by World Animal Protection in 2015, the GGGI works to reduce the volume of ghost gear, remove and recycle such gear, and rescue entangled animals. By aligning with the GGGI, PADI Divers can be mobilized to look for and report harmful ghost gear that annually entangles and kills marine life including hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds. PADI joins GGGI as a member of its global solutions group to help develop new ways of mitigating the ghost gear problem. This complements the efforts of PADI’s long-standing conservation partner, Project AWARE®, which actively works as a GGGI member to build evidence through programs like Dive...
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The Great Blue Hole of Belize, one of top diving sites in the world, became famous thanks to Jacques Cousteau

Who is able to resist the beauty of a natural wonder such as the polar auroras or the steep-sided Grand Canyon? When it comes to the Caribbean, a place that can leave a person speechless is the Great Blue Hole. Extending over 984 feet across and roughly 354 feet deep, this colossal circular sinkhole is to be found off the coast of the tiny country of Belize that opens to the Caribbean Sea on the east. The Great Blue Hole is hard to compare to any other place on the planet. Truly magnificent, it occupies a nearly central place in the Lighthouse Reef, 43 miles from the mainland of Belize and Belize City. The natural wonder obtained its name thanks to British diver and author Ned Middleton, who coined the term in his book Ten Years Underwater. But the site was made famous by none other than Jacques Cousteau. A prominent French naval...
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The Great Blue Hole of Belize, one of top diving sites in the world, became famous thanks to Jacques Cousteau

Who is able to resist the beauty of a natural wonder such as the polar auroras or the steep-sided Grand Canyon? When it comes to the Caribbean, a place that can leave a person speechless is the Great Blue Hole. Extending over 984 feet across and roughly 354 feet deep, this colossal circular sinkhole is to be found off the coast of the tiny country of Belize that opens to the Caribbean Sea on the east. The Great Blue Hole is hard to compare to any other place on the planet. Truly magnificent, it occupies a nearly central place in the Lighthouse Reef, 43 miles from the mainland of Belize and Belize City. The natural wonder obtained its name thanks to British diver and author Ned Middleton, who coined the term in his book Ten Years Underwater. But the site was made famous by none other than Jacques Cousteau. A prominent French naval...
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Dive Like a PRO with a cosmiq computer

Win up to 10 pairs of COSMIQ dive computers Sign up Log in Why do dive professionals use Deepblu to verify logs?   – Ease of use. – To keep track of what counts. – They’re in the cloud forever, you can’t lose them. – Make yourself unforgettable, as students will always be linked to you via their logs.   We all love gear, win some and bond with your students by verifying dives on Deepblu. Verify logs! We’ve prepared a downloadable handout for you to explain to your customers how to create dive logs and the Deepblu benefits. Get your handout, click here! We’ll hold a drawing to select 10 pairs of dive pros and customers to win COSMIQ   The more logs you verify, the higher chance for you and your customers to win! Contest Schedule   Launch: Sep 19th, 2017 End: Oct 31th, 2017 Winner Announcement: Nov...
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Dive Like a PRO with a cosmiq computer

Win up to 10 pairs of COSMIQ dive computers Sign up Log in Why do dive professionals use Deepblu to verify logs?   – Ease of use. – To keep track of what counts. – They’re in the cloud forever, you can’t lose them. – Make yourself unforgettable, as students will always be linked to you via their logs.   We all love gear, win some and bond with your students by verifying dives on Deepblu. Verify logs! We’ve prepared a downloadable handout for you to explain to your customers how to create dive logs and the Deepblu benefits. Get your handout, click here! We’ll hold a drawing to select 10 pairs of dive pros and customers to win COSMIQ   The more logs you verify, the higher chance for you and your customers to win! Contest Schedule   Launch: Sep 19th, 2017 End: Oct 31th, 2017 Winner Announcement: Nov...
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An ingenious use of big data helped expose a Chinese company illegally poaching thousands of sharks

Last month, Ecuadorian authorities busted a ship carrying one of the largest caches of illegally caught sharks in history. The crew of the ship has now been tried, fined, and sentenced. Yet the plot of this complicated tale—a rare glimpse into the black market trade made possible by industrialized global fishing—just keeps on thickening. First a rundown of what happened. On Aug. 13, Ecuadorian coast guards intercepted the Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 with 300 tons of fish—more than half of which was sharks, including babies and endangered species—crammed in its hold. The FYY Leng 999 (as we’ll abbreviate it, since other ships with “Fu Yuan Yu” in their names are about to enter the picture) is a Chinese-flagged refrigerated-cargo vessel, one of the key technologies underlying the industrialization of marine fishing. These “reefers,” as they’re sometimes known, don’t catch fish. Instead they buy them from other fishing vessels, storing...
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