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A tsunami’s worth of sea creatures landed along the Pacific Coast. Is this a problem?

They’re a long way from home. Nearly 300 different species of fish, mussels, crabs and various other sea creatures drifted from the shores of Japan to the Pacific Coast of the United States on debris sent across the ocean by a tsunami in 2011. “When we first saw species from Japan arriving in Oregon, we were shocked,” John Chapman from Oregon State University  told  BBC News. “We never thought they could live that long, under such harsh conditions.” Chapman co-wrote a  study published Thursday in the journal Science that explored the sea critters’ journey to the United States after the Tōhoku earthquake triggered the tsunami. These catastrophic events sent debris, such as docks and coolers, drifting across the ocean. People began noticing these objects washing ashore five years ago. In 2012, for example, a 66-foot-long dock washed up on Oregon’s Agate Beach, and it was covered in small sea creatures, the Oregonian reported . Now,...
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Now Has Its Own Visual Identity

It may sound like a joke, but the campaign–a collaboration between the nonprofit Plastic Oceans Foundation and the U.K.-based entertainment company  LADbible –has already sent an application to the UN requesting that it recognize the Garbage Patch as a country. (Its official name? The  Trash Isles .) The crusade launched earlier this summer, but it’s picked up steam this fall with Al Gore agreeing to become the country’s first honorary “citizen .” Since then, more than 125,000 people have signed a petition  requesting citizenship–which would make Trash Isles the 25th-smallest country in the world. But what makes a country? Sure, you need a government, official international recognition, laws, and a permanent population. But in lieu of those, the Trash Isles decided to bolster its claim with some of the other trappings of statehood–like an official flag, passport, paper currency, and even stamps. In essence, a visual identity. [Photo: LADbible]Created by LADbible and...
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Echo sounder encounter: NOAA Ship Rainier finds uncharted shipwreck

By Katy Pridgen In late spring, while surveying off the coast of Long Island in Kodiak, Alaska, NOAA Ship Rainier found an uncharted shipwreck. Although rocks around the shipwreck were previously charted, this sunken vessel is a new feature. What made the find unique was how the top of wreck’s mast resembled a yellow light at the water’s surface. The Rainier crew fondly nicknamed it “ET’s finger.” Mast of the sunken vessel found during the survey of Kodiak Island, AK, OPR-P136-RA-17.  It was discovered by HAST Michael Bloom while on the NOAA Ship Rainier, in May 2017.   During the survey, Rainier was able to sail close enough to get multibeam echo sounder data over the shipwreck and record a shoal depth. Multibeam echo sounder data depicting the shipwreck found off the coast of Long Island in Kodiak, Alaska. Long Island was once the home of Fort Tidball , a...
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Irma battered, but didn’t beat, this beloved underwater lab

In the end, Irma was no match for the Aquarius, Florida International University’s beloved underwater lab off Key Largo. The storm ripped the lab’s 94,000-pound life support buoy from its moorings, blowing it about 14 miles away to Lignum Vitae Channel. It bent the underwater living quarters sitting on the ocean floor in water 60 feet deep and damaged the outside “wet porch.” But the lab remained “horizontal” and intact, said director and biology professor Jim Fourqurean. “We know we’re going to get her working again,” he said. “She’s battered, but she’ll be back.” Hurricane Irma damaged the gazebo ‘wet porch’ outside the Aquarius but left the living quarters intact and largely undamaged. Hand Out Florida International University Already, enthusiastic supporters have raised nearly $12,000 on the crowd-funding website youcaring.com and are rallying to quickly repair it. Fourqurean hopes to have the Aquarius back in action by spring. Leading up...
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Adam Stern on His Performance at AIDA Depth Freediving World Championships

Photo by Daan Verhoeven I was lucky enough to travel to Roatan with PADI AmbassaDiver Adam Stern and get an insight  into what it’s like to be at a World Championship event, as well as the life of a competitive freediver. Not only did Adam pick up a bronze medal in Free Immersion at the Championships, but he also set a 106 metres (347 ft) Personal Best in training for Constant Weight and nabbed yet another Australian National Record! Now back on home soil, Adam sat down with me to debrief about his time at the AIDA Depth Freediving World Championships 2017. How do you feel about your overall performance at the World Championships?  I’ve had mixed feelings about the comp. Right now I feel very good. During and directly after a competition there are so many emotions and endorphins swirling in my head so I try not to allow...
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Photographer of the Week – Larry Cohen

Gas mask inside the Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon​   Photographer of the Week Larry Cohen has been taking images below the surface since the late eighties. Cohen began his career as a commercial photographer and now assists customers with their underwater camera equipment purchases at B&H Photo. Based in New York City, Larry is the co-founder of NYUPS—the New York Underwater Photography Society—and previously, president of the NYC Sea Gypsies dive club. Larry is the photo section editor of X-Ray Magazine and has been featured in various magazines internationally. He can be found quite frequently presenting on his underwater escapades with his dive buddy, Olga Torrey. While Larry has been scuba diving in diverse environments around the world, he still enjoys shooting in his own backyard. He has photographed a wide variety of subject matter, including eerie wreck scenes, intricate cave systems, and even below the ice in the chilly waters of Newfoundland. As exciting as all of that seems, he still...
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How Facebook Videos Can Boost Your Social Media Campaign

The popularity of video in marketing has risen in recent years. Here at Sparkhouse  in southern, California, we aren’t aware of a decrease in literacy (though the replacement of emoticons for words might say otherwise), but perhaps it tickles a certa... Original link Original author: #DTWC

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Lost fishing gear being recovered from Scapa Flow

Ghost fishing gear in Scapa Flow being recovered on a previous project. (PIC: Peter Verhoog) A project to once again retrieve lost fishing gear and save wildlife in Scapa Flow got underway this week. Ghost Fishing UK is revisiting Scapa Flow for its ... Original link Original author: Administrator

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