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The Stunning Images From an Underwater Photography Competition

Scuba Diving magazine just released the winners of their 13th annual underwater photography competition. This year’s “Through Your Lens” contest features incredible images taken over this past year from photographers throughout the world. There were over 2,500 entries submitted this year into one of the four competition categories: wide-angle, macro, conceptual, and compact camera. Photos were allowed to have basic adjustments made to them while editing, but adding, removing, or moving any object was forbidden. It was also stated that any image appearing overly processed would be immediately disqualified. Greg Lecoeur was the winner of this year’s grand prize. His image was taken off of an island in Scotland and featured multiple gannet birds diving to feed on fish. To capture his award winning shot, he used a Nikon D7200, a Tokina 10-17mm lens, a Nauticam camera housing, and two strobes. For winning, Lecoeur received a free liveaboard scuba diving...
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’Project Neptune’ Is the World’s Most Luxurious Personal Submarine

Personal submarines have generally been no-frills vessels with handmade controls, hard seats, and about as much luxury as a Humvee. That should change within a year as British carmaker Aston Martin announced plans to partner with Triton Submarines to build the world’s most luxurious personal submarine. The announcement was made at a press conference in Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum overlooking dozens of superyachts at the Monaco Yacht Show. “Project Neptune” is almost certain to star in a James Bond movie someday. But for now, Aston Martin and Triton are focusing on how to turn a safe but utilitarian vessel into the most luxurious underwater vehicle the world has ever seen. “We’ve used the forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering, and beauty that shape our cars like the Valkyrie hypercar project,” said Marek Reichman, chief creative officer at Aston Martin. “We offer a level of customization that...
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’Project Neptune’ Is the World’s Most Luxurious Personal Submarine

Personal submarines have generally been no-frills vessels with handmade controls, hard seats, and about as much luxury as a Humvee. That should change within a year as British carmaker Aston Martin announced plans to partner with Triton Submarines to build the world’s most luxurious personal submarine. The announcement was made at a press conference in Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum overlooking dozens of superyachts at the Monaco Yacht Show. “Project Neptune” is almost certain to star in a James Bond movie someday. But for now, Aston Martin and Triton are focusing on how to turn a safe but utilitarian vessel into the most luxurious underwater vehicle the world has ever seen. “We’ve used the forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering, and beauty that shape our cars like the Valkyrie hypercar project,” said Marek Reichman, chief creative officer at Aston Martin. “We offer a level of customization that...
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Scuba diving on Wikipedia: Doug Taylor

Scuba diver Doug Taylor took a plunge to fix an error on a Wikipedia article in 2008, and is now an active contributor to the free knowledge movement. Photo by Helpameout, CC BY-SA 4.0. Expert scuba diver Doug Taylor has been diving into all sorts of bodies of water for decades. He has taught recreational diving for more than 20 years as a national instructor for the Sub-Aqua Association in the United Kingdom. He even swam beneath floating ice in freezing water, an experience he describes as peaceful and absolutely breathtaking. When he is on shore, Taylor spends his time editing and writing Wikipedia articles about scuba diving . Doug’s 24-year experience as a teacher in secondary education led him to catch a mistake on Wikipedia and making his first edit in January 2008. “The reason I got involved with Wikipedia was because I was a scuba diver and I...
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Scuba diving on Wikipedia: Doug Taylor

Scuba diver Doug Taylor took a plunge to fix an error on a Wikipedia article in 2008, and is now an active contributor to the free knowledge movement. Photo by Helpameout, CC BY-SA 4.0. Expert scuba diver Doug Taylor has been diving into all sorts of bodies of water for decades. He has taught recreational diving for more than 20 years as a national instructor for the Sub-Aqua Association in the United Kingdom. He even swam beneath floating ice in freezing water, an experience he describes as peaceful and absolutely breathtaking. When he is on shore, Taylor spends his time editing and writing Wikipedia articles about scuba diving . Doug’s 24-year experience as a teacher in secondary education led him to catch a mistake on Wikipedia and making his first edit in January 2008. “The reason I got involved with Wikipedia was because I was a scuba diver and I...
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Monster lionfish shot by Birmingham man pending state record

Spencer Phillips speared a 17 and a half inch lionfish off the Alabama coast, which appears to be a new state record, besting the old record by close to about a half inch. Spencer Phillips speared a 17 and a half inch lionfish off the Alabama coast, which appears to be a new state record, besting the old record by close to about a half inch. Lionfish are not native to the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists believe lionfish, which are native to warm Pacific waters, escaped into the Atlantic from large aquariums inundated during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. A small handful of lionfish released during the storm quickly colonized the Atlantic Coast, with reports of isolated sightings coming in from the Carolinas and the Florida coast for several years. As early as 16 years ago, Herb Kumpf, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, predicted the species would...
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Monster lionfish shot by Birmingham man pending state record

Spencer Phillips speared a 17 and a half inch lionfish off the Alabama coast, which appears to be a new state record, besting the old record by close to about a half inch. Lionfish are not native to the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists believe lionfish, which are native to warm Pacific waters, escaped into the Atlantic from large aquariums inundated during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. A small handful of lionfish released during the storm quickly colonized the Atlantic Coast, with reports of isolated sightings coming in from the Carolinas and the Florida coast for several years. As early as 16 years ago, Herb Kumpf, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, predicted the species would spread throughout the Caribbean and into the northern Gulf of Mexico. That has come to pass. They showed up in the northern Gulf in 2010, a few weeks after the BP oil spill...
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The best ocean documentary series ever made is coming back — and released a video featuring new music by Radiohead

BBC Earth/YouTube To find the most alien environments and otherworldly life imaginable, we just need to look at the oceans that cover more than 70% of our planet. The upcoming BBC Earth documentary series Blue Planet II  will likely provide a breathtaking look at that underwater world — and you can watch an introductory video for the series now (the YouTube video  is embedded below). The prequel video features new music by Radiohead and Hans Zimmer, along with footage that won't be available anywhere else — not even on the episodes of the show. Check it out: Pretty stunning, right? The original "Blue Planet" aired in 2001 and is still one of the most fascinating nature documentaries you can find (it's on our list of the best science documentaries available to watch on Netflix ). But as narrator Sir David Attenborough — the famed voice of "Blue Planet," "Life," and "Planet Earth"...
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