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Blackfish: the Science Behind the Movie By Naomi Rose and Chris Parsons, on September 18th, 2013.

Blackfish: the Science Behind the Movie By Naomi Rose and Chris Parsons, on September 18th, 2013. | Exploring | Scoop.it

The Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” told the story of the dolphin hunt in the Japanese town of Taiji. Dolphins there are driven into a shallow cove and killed for meat and other products, with a select few set aside alive for sale to dolphinariums. Many are now saying that this year’s documentary on killer whales (Orcinus orca) in captivity, “Blackfish,” will be nominated for next year’s Oscar. Documentaries rarely get many viewers in movie theaters, but Blackfish, which cost only $76,000 to make and was initially released at only five movie theaters, has already grossed about $2 million nationwide and has been ranked among the 10 best performing nature documentaries, which include “March of the Penguins” and the much vaunted IMAX-friendly “Earth” and “Oceans” documentaries.

Blackfish focuses on the four people who have been killed by captive killer whales, bad corporate behavior by marine theme parks (especially SeaWorld) and the ethics of keeping killer whales in captivity. The film focuses particularly on the story of Tilikum, a 12,000lb male killer whale who was captured from Iceland in the early 1980s, has been living at SeaWorld of Florida since 1992, and to date has been involved in the deaths of three people. His last victim, his trainer of six years Dawn Brancheau, was brutally dismembered after he pulled her into the tank with him on February 24, 2010.

 

The “stars” of the film are people who have worked for marine theme parks, either as trainers or as “collectors” who captured killer whales from the wild. An interview with one of the latter is especially moving, as he testifies about accidentally killing several juveniles during a capture operation in Washington State; the distressed behavior these animals exhibited during the captures; trying to hide the bodies by sinking them with stones; and the guilt he still feels decades later. Many of the assertions of the film are supported by interviews with those involved, video footage, or reference to autopsy reports and court testimony.

Several whale and dolphin biologists are also interviewed. They provide information about killer whales in the wild, to allow the audience to contrast the situation described by former trainers who worked only with whales in captivity. We note that some of the information in these segments is a bit overstated. For example, one expert states that no orca has ever attacked a person in the wild. In fact there have been at least three attacks reported (in the entire course of history!), although none of them resulted in serious injury or death. The whales broke off their attacks, presumably when they realized the people they were targeting weren’t appropriate prey. So while it is a key point that killer whales only kill people in captivity, wild whales are not entirely benign.

 
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Total Volume of Saturn Moon Titan's Otherworldly Seas Calculated.

Total Volume of Saturn Moon Titan's Otherworldly Seas Calculated. | Exploring | Scoop.it
This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows the most complete view yet of Titan's northern land of lakes and seas. Saturn's moon Titan is the only world in our solar system other than Earth that has stable liquid on its surface. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.
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The lakes and seas on Saturn's largest moon Titan hold massive amounts of liquid hydrocarbons — 40 times more than are found in Earth's proven oil reserves, new observations by NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggest.

Titan, which is about 1.5 times bigger than Earth's moon, harbors about 2,000 cubic miles (9,000 cubic kilometers) of liquid methane and ethane on its frigid surface, researchers announced last week. The hydrocarbons are almost all contained in an area near Titan's north pole that's just 660,000 square miles (1.62 million kilometers) in size, a region slightly larger than Alaska.

The find indicates there is something favorable in the geology that restricts most liquid to Titan's northern hemisphere, researchers said. The prime suspect is regional extension of the moon's crust, a process that on Earth created fault lines with depressions and mountain ranges parallel to each other. [Tour Titan's Hydrocarbon Seas (Video)]

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Coalition guts #Australia’s marine parks | Rachel Siewert.

Coalition guts #Australia’s marine parks | Rachel Siewert. | Exploring | Scoop.it
The Australian Greens said today the Coalition are showing total disregard for science and environmental protection by scrapping the management plans for our nation's world-leading network of marine protected areas.
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Escape Artist Graphix: Portfolio

Escape Artist Graphix: Portfolio | Exploring | Scoop.it

Portfolio for Rayne Graphix @EscapeGraphix1 on twitter, I look forward to working with you.

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Global Recruitment Specialists - Networkers International PLC.

Global Recruitment Specialists - Networkers International PLC. | Exploring | Scoop.it
We are working in partnership with some of the world's leading organisations, sourcing specialist contract & permanent staff to work on cutting edge projects across the globe.
With a network of offices spanning 5 continents, we are proud to provide our clients with an innovative service solution, visible value and a global reach, offering 24 hour support and delivery.
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Clean Ocean Action: Media Center.

Clean Ocean Action: Media Center. | Exploring | Scoop.it
Clean Ocean Action represents a coalition of organizations, businesses, educators, and citizens -- the Ocean Wavemakers -- working to clean up and protect the waters of the New York Bight.
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Astronauts exploring the depths / Human Spaceflight / Our Activities ...

Astronauts exploring the depths / Human Spaceflight / Our Activities ... | Exploring | Scoop.it
Astronauts exploring the depths. 4 October 2013. Usually, ESA sends astronauts to outer space, but last week six astronauts from around the world spent six days underground to get a taste of working together in extreme conditions.
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8 iOS Apps for Exploring Ancient Egypt | Mac|Life.

8 iOS Apps for Exploring Ancient Egypt | Mac|Life. | Exploring | Scoop.it
There’s something magical and fascinating about the time of the pharaohs that just grabs us. Whether it’s the boy king Tutankhamun, The Pyramids of Giza, or the extravagant hieroglyphic writing, ancient Egypt commands attention. We’re currently in the midst of Archaeology Month in more than a dozen U.S. states, so to celebrate, here are eight stellar apps that teach you all about the life, culture, history, and archaeology of one of the earliest and most celebrated civilizations.
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Exploring Our Changing World Through Photography.

Exploring Our Changing World Through Photography. | Exploring | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, National Geographic launched their photo-sharing platform, Your Shot (NGYourShot.com), which allows photography fans to connect with photographers and editors around virtual assignments and get direct feedback on their work.

The platform’s first assignment invites photographers to share three images that convey, ‘how photography can help us explore our changing world’. At the end of the assignment, in addition to having a photograph published in National Geographic magazine, the winning “editor’s choice” photographer will receive a personal portfolio review, a five-day National Geographic Photo Workshop in Santa Fe, N.M., and a $1,000 gift card to B&H Photo along with other prizes.

The assignment has already received 20,000 submissions and the entry period ends October 22, 2013. For more information, visit the official Explore Our Changing World assignment page.


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'We need to abolish all zoos', says Britain's most famous zoo owner Damian Aspinall | UK | News | Daily Express

'We need to abolish all zoos', says Britain's most famous zoo owner Damian Aspinall | UK | News | Daily Express | Exploring | Scoop.it
ONE of Britain’s most famous wildlife park owners has called on the Government to help him realise his long-term dream – to abolish all zoos.
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Orca-watching incident sparks concern - Squamish Chief

Orca-watching incident sparks concern - Squamish Chief | Exploring | Scoop.it
Orca-watching incident sparks concern
Squamish Chief
Multiple sightings of a pod of orcas at the north end of Howe Sound on the weekend were mostly cause for expressions of awe and excitement.
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Apex Evolution Incorporated.

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Website, Logo & transform your work clothes with your own unique designed digitized image. We can provide your site/s with presentation’s that will inform your target audience as to what your business does. 
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What It's Like To Dive in a Subway?

What It's Like To Dive in a Subway? | Exploring | Scoop.it
As a freelance underwater photographer, I’m accustomed to exploring exotic and sometimes unusual dive sites. But when I got the call to join a professional diver in a subway shaft, I figured this would be among the strangest dive site of all.
     I learned that our actual dive site was a rusty little manhole behind the Scheidplatz subway station in Munich, Germany. “When subway tunnels are built, they often cut through groundwater streams and sometimes block them,” said my dive buddy, Max. “Large pipes and ducts have to be built to allow the groundwater to flow into 60-foot-deep shafts.” My mission was to photograph Max as he dived into one of these “collector” shafts for inspection and maintenance.
     The first challenge was squeezing through the narrow manhole in my bulky drysuit. (January in Munich is brutally cold, to the tune of 14 degrees F on this day.) After climbing down a ladder, I sat on a little steel platform above the water, with barely enough space to put on my tank and prepare my camera. Then I descended 60 feet through crystal-clear water to the bottom of the shaft. There, Max inserted a robotic camera into one of the large pipes, which allowed the engineer sitting in the heated truck above us to comfortably scrutinize the inside of the pipe system.
     Down here in the cold, dark shaft, surrounded on all sides by concrete walls, I realized the most important qualification for this job was to not be claustrophobic — especially when the water turned completely dark as Max began removing sediment from a pipe. With zero visibility, taking photos was impossible; after 30 minutes in the shaft, I fumbled around to find the ladder before slowly making my way back up to a cup of hot chocolate.
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Cove Guardian Escape Artist Rayne.

Cove Guardian Escape Artist Rayne. | Exploring | Scoop.it
#CaptivityFree #OrcaAvengers #tweet4taiji Via #Cove Guardian #EscapeArtist Rayne @EscapeGraphix1
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#Paleontology: Resources found on stumbleupon.

#Paleontology: Resources found on stumbleupon. | Exploring | Scoop.it
Go back to prehistoric times and explore paleontology: dinosaurs, fossils, wooly mammoths and more.
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Google: Facilities with Drive Hunt Cetaceans.

Google: Facilities with Drive Hunt Cetaceans. | Exploring | Scoop.it
Facilities with Drive Hunt CetaceansAs of November 2013 a total of 96 facilities in 18 countries import or display cetaceans captured through drive hunt fisheries. 

These countries are: China (26), Egypt, Republic of Georgia (1), Iran (1), Japan (54), South Korea (2), Mexico (1), Palau (1), Philippines (1), Russia (1), Saudi Arabia, Taiwan (1), Thailand (1), Tunisia (1), Turkey (1), Ukraine (1), United Arab Emirates (1), United States (1) and Vietnam (1)

NOTE: this maps ONLY shows parks that have been confirmed to display or import drive hunt dolphins. 
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Exploring Indonesia « Flickr Blog

Exploring Indonesia « Flickr Blog | Exploring | Scoop.it
Photos from Indonesia, a country of over 17,508 islands. The densely populated nation has a uniqueness in natural scenery and culture that's made it a top destination for tourists, especially the temples and active volcano ...
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Exploring Taroko Park of Taiwan « Flickr Blog

Exploring Taroko Park of Taiwan « Flickr Blog | Exploring | Scoop.it
Photos from Taiwan's Taroko National Park, where bridges, a waterfall, and a gorge of marble attract sightseers seeking natural beauty and a getaway on an island with a population of 23 million people.
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ESA's test rover begins exploring Atacama Desert / Space ...

ESA's test rover begins exploring Atacama Desert / Space ... | Exploring | Scoop.it
ESA's test rover has been fitted with scientific instruments and made its first tracks in the sands of Chile's Atacama Desert. Meanwhile, team members have explored the area to select a suitable site for testing, flying a drone to ...
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Man who made dolphin prosthetic in CNY

Man who made dolphin prosthetic in CNY | Exploring | Scoop.it

You've heard of a whale of a tale, but this one is more a dolphin story. The movie, "Dolphin Tale," tells the story of Winter, a dolphin who lost her tail when it got tangled in a crab trap. As our Katie Gibas reports, the man who made the prosthetic tail that immortalized Winter's story was in Central New York Thursday, meeting with human amputees.

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- You may have heard Kevin Carroll's story if you saw the movie "Dolphin Tale." Chances are you might not recognize the real Kevin Carroll because he doesn't look or sound like Morgan Freeman, who played him in the movie. But the story the movie tells is very real.

Kevin Carroll has been working with amputees for 35 years. And he's first person to make a prosthetic for a dolphin.

"With the dolphin, we had to watch the skin. We actually used tomography to try to evaluate the pressures and the heat within the sockets," said Kevin Carroll, a Board Certified Prosthetist and the Hanger Clinics Chief of Prosthetics. "Working with Winter the dolphin has just been an incredible experience, watching her swim through the water with a tail, it's just fabulous. The prosthetic tail just naturally going through the water, it's just a beautiful sight."

Carroll says it took about a year to make the prosthetic and a new technology called WintersGel to attach it to the dolphin. WintersGel is now used for human amputees worldwide.

Carroll was in Upstate New York all week meeting with human amputees at Hanger Clinics, where he's the Chief of Prosthetics.

"I believe it means quite a lot to them as far as emotional support and knowing that there's somebody out there who can take a look at what they have and make sure it's correct," said Paul Selph, the Regional Coordinator for Amputee Empowerment Partners.

Selph is also a below the knee amputee. He lost his leg in a farming accident.

Carroll says because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the injuries soldiers are coming home with, some of the products that were just conceptual before have now become reality.

"I believe there's going to be a lot more computer controlled prosthetics and eventually possibly into osteo integration, where they actually put a pin in a bone and attach a prosthesis to that. It would make their prosthesis lighter and more attached to them which would give them more mobility," said Selph.

And in his spare time, Carroll still volunteers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where he works with Winter.

Winter is eight years old now and won't be full grown until she's 12. So that keeps Carroll busy making new prosthetics to fit the growing dolphin.

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China to invest 80 bln yuan in exploring oil, gas this year - Global Times

China to invest 80 bln yuan in exploring oil, gas this year - Global Times | Exploring | Scoop.it
China to invest 80 bln yuan in exploring oil, gas this year
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China's investment in exploration of oil and gas resources is expected to stand at 80 billion yuan ($13.07 billion) in 2013, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources.
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Physics of the Dark Universe - Journal - Elsevier.

Physics of the Dark Universe - Journal - Elsevier. | Exploring | Scoop.it
Physics of the Dark UniverseFrontiers in Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

Physics of the Dark Universe is a new and innovative online-only, fully open access journal. The journal offers rapid publication of peer-reviewed, original research articles considered of high scientific impact. The journal is focused on the understanding of the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy and covers all theoretical, experimental and phenomenological aspects of both Dark Matter and Dark Energy.

It encourages the submission of articles on the following subjects in this field:

Nature of Particle Dark MatterDirect searches for Dark MatterIndirect searches for Dark MatterCollider searches for Dark Matter, including for example the Large Hadron ColliderTheoretical investigations of the Physics of Dark MatterInvestigations of New and Existing Models OF Dark Matter (e.g. SUSY, extra dimensions, axions, etc)Low mass WIMP searchesObservations and experimental results related to the properties of Dark EnergyNew experiments, forecasts and methods for the observation of Dark EnergyModels and theoretical properties of vacuum energy,quintessence, modified gravity, and in general of Dark Energy and its alternative explanations
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Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 07 Sep 2013.

Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 07 Sep 2013. | Exploring | Scoop.it

We are delighted to announce the RESULTS of our most recent “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is awarded to Howard Cheek for his outstanding image ‘Hang Time’ (Leopard Frog)’. Keith Bannister wins Second Prize for ’Angry Kingfisher’ and Third Prize goes to Glenn Perrigo for ’Striped Skunk and Kitten.’ 

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