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Adelie penguins in the Antarctic suffer “catastrophic” breeding season Photo

Adelie penguins in the Antarctic suffer “catastrophic” breeding season

In the second “catastrophic” breeding season for Adelie penguins in five years, conservationists are calling for drastic measures to save the species. All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in the 2017 breeding season. The last high mortality breeding season occurred in 2015 when every single chick died. Scientists say the record amount of sea ice meant adults needed to travel farther for food as well as increased competition for a primary food source of krill from commercial fishing vessels.

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Guide: Diving Milne Bay by Don Silcock Photo

Guide: Diving Milne Bay by Don Silcock

This is the third in a series of articles by Don Silcock on diving and image making in the fascinating and often misunderstood Papua New Guinea. This article provides an overview to Milne Bay. If follows on from his first article Understanding PNG and second, Where to Dive in PNG and if you are interested in diving in PNG or looking for a new diving destination in SE Asia, you really should read this series of articles.

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A diver’s POV of diving the GOM Dead Zone Photo

A diver’s POV of diving the GOM Dead Zone

There is a Dead Zone that has been occurring along the Texas and Louisiana coastline’s during the summer months since researchers started measuring it in 1985. This August, assistant professor Cameron Thrash carried a GoPro while he dove the dead zone 60 feet below the surface approximately 30 miles south of Cocodrie. A dead zone is where bacteria has depleted the water of oxygen and life fails to thrive.

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Woman rescues shark trapped in rock pool with bare hands Photo

Woman rescues shark trapped in rock pool with bare hands

Melissa Hatheier, an Australian woman who frequently swims the rock pools next to the ocean in Cronulla, Australia, rescued a 3-foot long shark that had found itself trapped in the pool. Hatheier spotted the shark and then called her daughter to come see it for herself. Once her daughter arrived, and started filming with her phone, Hatheier corralled the shark, scooped it up and threw it back into its ocean home. They are not sure whether the shark was a Port Jackson or a Wobbegong shark. They are also surprised by all the attention. Prior to the impromptu rescue they called the emergency number for expert help.

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Cayman’s Kittiwake toppled onto port side after tropical storm Nate Photo

Cayman’s Kittiwake toppled onto port side after tropical storm Nate

The USS Kittiwake, one of Cayman’s most popular dive sites, has been toppled onto its port side following the onslaught of tropical storm Nate. Eyewitnesses that dove the site on sunday report that the decommissioned ship is resting along the reef and appears to have impacted the dive site known as San Chute more than once. The artificial reef was sunk in 2011 at a depth of 64-feet, but now appears to be sitting 20-feet deeper.

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