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Divers prep for big trip with 'Scuba Olympics'

Divers prep for big trip with 'Scuba Olympics' | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
SOUTH OGDEN — These certainly weren't official Olympic events: the egg and spoon race, the pool—bottom run, submerged tic—tack...
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How to Repair a Wetsuit Tear

How to Repair a Wetsuit Tear | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Fingernail cuts can occur on the smooth surfaces of a wetsuit. This is usually the result of pulling too hard when putting the suit on or by catching or pinching the surface of the wetsuit with you...
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Sea anemones may thrive in a high CO2 world

Increased seawater pCO2, and in turn ‘ocean acidification’ (OA), is
predicted to profoundly impact marine ecosystem diversity and function this
century. Much research has already focussed on calcifying reef-forming corals
(Class: Anthozoa) that appear particularly susceptible to OA via reduced net
calcification.

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HealthWatch: Scientists Investigate Mysterious Decline Of California Sea Otters - CBS San Francisco

HealthWatch: Scientists Investigate Mysterious Decline Of California Sea Otters - CBS San Francisco | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A group of scientists are keeping a close eye at the health of sea otters off the California coast. They may be cute and furry, but California sea otters are facing a mystery threat.
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Venezuela Bans Commercial Shark Fishing | X-Ray Magazine

Venezuela Bans Commercial Shark Fishing | X-Ray Magazine | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
X-RAY International Dive Magazine is the world�s first and only global dive publication. Subscription is free. Published 8 times a year. Pdf formatted. FREE downloads.
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Australia has failed to protect Great Barrier Reef, says United Nations report

Australia has failed to protect Great Barrier Reef, says United Nations report | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A UNITED Nations report has declared Australia had failed to properly protect the Great Barrier Reef and called for a panel of overseas experts to review the natural wonder and safeguard its future.
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'Magic' image shows blue whale munching krill

'Magic' image shows blue whale munching krill | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
After reading a recent story about local blue whale sightings, San Diego photographer Jerry Allen shared a stunning image of a blue feeding on krill off the county's coast at Nine Mile Bank.
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US teen survives spear in brain

US teen survives spear in brain | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
bbc.co.uk - A teenager in the US state of Florida is recovering after his "miracle" survival of a spear being shot through his head, doctors say.
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Coitus Interruptus: Ancient Turtle Sex Fossilized

Coitus Interruptus: Ancient Turtle Sex Fossilized | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The little mating turtles likely died from toxic gases as they sank into an ancient lake.
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Oceans of Pollution

Oceans of Pollution | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Scientists and experts are alarmed at amount of plastic debris and growing ‘dead zones’ in the world’s oceans.

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Sanctuaries Partners with NASA for Underwater Research

Sanctuaries Partners with NASA for Underwater Research | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Finding "NEEMO" at the Aquarius Reef Base

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Plasticity Forum – Rio+20 Earth Summit – The Future of Plastic, and Where the Leaders are Going

Plasticity Forum – Rio+20 Earth Summit – The Future of Plastic, and Where the Leaders are Going | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
As the world gets ready for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and even for those who are not going, there is a big discussion starting to happen about plastic, and the [...]...
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SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Scuba Diving Lessons for Life: Is Getting a Catch Worth Your Life?

Offshore oil rigs serve as way stations for big fish, which stop and hang out
around the massive structures. Roy and his buddies knew this and made regular
trips to nearby oil rigs to go spear fishing. It
was the best local opportunity to find game fish, and they always brought home
dinner.

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Canoeists Save Two Baby Moose

Canoeists Save Two Baby Moose

 

I still remember the first time I came around a corner in my canoe and saw a larger than life moose staring us down. The moose was majestic, beautiful and powerful and I was in awe. That isn’t an unusual sight for back country paddlers in Canada, but what happened to Bonnie Couchie and Gord Martin earlier this month is quite extraordinary.

Couchie and Martin run a ...tour company in Pic River First Nation in northern Ontario. They were out canoeing in early June when they came across two baby moose, “the tiniest moose I’ve ever seen”, Couchie told the CBC. Couchie and Martin quickly realized that the moose were struggling to get out of the water at a steep bank and their mom was nowhere to be seen.

On the blog for their tour company, Couchie described what happened and included photographs of the whole adventure.

The high water was great for cruising along in the canoes, but upon rounding a tight corner in the river we came across two twin moose calves that were struggling. They had been caught in the fast cold water and were stranded against a steep, muddy bank. Hypothermia and fear had set in, and they were unable to swim or climb out.

In an interview with CBC, Couchie described how Martin rescued the two moose. One of them was able to swim to safety with a little assistance, but the other one was too weak. Martin had to help the weaker one into the canoe and bring it to shore. Once they got out of the canoe, Martin realized the moose was too weak and run down to continue. He helped the moose to dry off and regain its strength and helped it to reunite with its sibling.

When speaking to the CBC, Couchie described the immediate bond that developed between Martin and the moose, with the pair both looking at each other lovingly and sharing an amazing moment together. However, Martin knew he needed to break that bond and encourage the moose to continue on with its sibling, despite the fact that his dream had always been to have a pet moose.

On their blog, they wrote about leaving the moose:

Quickly jumping into the canoe and with a few splashes of water in the direction of the calf, we were able to get far enough away so she stayed put. Her twin had also returned by this time. I don’t know what happened to them. We did all we could do to help and at the very least they weren’t caught in the cold, fast water. I wonder if we would recognize each other if we meet again. I will be back on that section of river soon. I hope we see them.

Couchie and Martin are not sure if the two baby moose reunited with their mother, but they hope that they did find her and that the two are doing well.

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Kalamazoo River Reopens, 23 Months after Spill, But Submerged Oil Remains | InsideClimate New

Kalamazoo River Reopens, 23 Months after Spill, But Submerged Oil Remains | InsideClimate New | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

About 34 miles of the Kalamazoo River in Southeastern Michigan were opened to the public Thursday, almost two years after the most expensive oil pipeline spill in U.S. history dumped more than 1 million gallons of heavy Canadian crude into an adjoining creek

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SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Why You Might Remove Your Regulator When You Shouldn’t

SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Why You Might Remove Your Regulator When You Shouldn’t | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Many divers trying to save a buddy from drowning report afterwards that, against all reason, their buddies removed their regulators from their mouths while they struggled for air. Over the years, Undercurrent has reported on many drowning deaths in which divers are found on the bottom with their second stages hanging free, but plenty of air still in their tanks. In one article, we reported that many firefighters breathing from air tanks have been found dead in the aftermath, with their regulators no longer in their mouths.

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Scuba diver found unresponsive in water dies

Scuba diver found unresponsive in water dies | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A scuba diver who was found unresponsive in the water after being reported missing has died.
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SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Sea Urchins- Some Sea Urchins Have Venomous Spines

SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Sea Urchins- Some Sea Urchins Have Venomous Spines | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Don’t worry, a rabid sea urchin is not going to leap off the reef and fling
spines at you. Sea urchins are non-aggressive and relatively slow-moving. Still,
sea urchin injuries are not unusual. Divers can easily become distracted and
brush against one of these delicate creatures.

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Ocean Elders | OceanElders serves as a catalyst in the conservation of the ocean and its wildlife.

Ocean Elders | OceanElders serves as a catalyst in the conservation of the ocean and its wildlife. | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

We have to focus on protecting the high seas, if only for our survival.

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I Am Science with the First Man to Dive Challenger Deep | Deep Sea News

I Am Science with the First Man to Dive Challenger Deep | Deep Sea News | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
I asked, “What were the events that lead to you to dive the Marianas Trench?
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Porpoise deaths raise alarms about health of Puget Sound

Porpoise deaths raise alarms about health of Puget Sound | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Three dead porpoises have washed ashore on Whidbey Island in a matter of days, and now some experts are wondering if the animals were ill - or the cause of their deaths is something worse.
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Million-year-old water found under Maryland

Million-year-old water found under Maryland | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The aquifer under Maryland contains water older than a million years, the first such ancient groundwater found along the Atlantic Coast.
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Aquarius Foundation holds first board meeting – UNDERWATER!

Aquarius Foundation holds first board meeting – UNDERWATER! | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

(DiverWire) The newly formed Aquarius Foundation, dedicated to maintaining the operation of the  world’s only undersea research station, Aquarius Reef Base, held its  first Board of Directors meeting in a unique and appropriate location,  50 feet deep on Conch Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine  Sanctuary.

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Fishermen say marine reserves a nightmare

Fishermen say marine reserves a nightmare | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The Federal Government's proposed new marine reserves are a nightmare for some fishers in Queensland and Western Australia, who expect to lose up to 30 per cent of their business under the plan.
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