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First giant tortoise hatchlings born in the wild in over 100 years found by conservationists in the Galapagos Islands.
Some of them might still remember it. Hunted down and eaten by whalers and pirates, their offspring preyed upon by invasive rodents, dogs, and pigs, the Galapagos Island giant tortoise had a rough couple of centuries, as their isolated Pacific island home came under wave after wave of attack from foreign invaders. One in particular, the Pinzón Island saddleback giant tortoise (Chelonoidis ephippium) found itself on the brink of extinction; by the 1960s, there were only approximately one hundred animals left in existence. Read more
The Kodiak Queen, a ship originally wrecked at Pearl Harbor during WWII that’s now sunk off of Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda, has gained new life as an art installation and it’s perhaps the most exciting addition to the Caribbean underwater scene in years: the “BVI Art Reef”, the brainchild of a group of conservationists led by BVI resident Sir Richard Branson. Read more
And Here Are Some Of Our Favorites
Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences and their international collaborators have discovered 229 new species of plants and animals this year. The list of animal discoveries includes a new frog, a new snake, and a new seahorse, as well as two tardigrades, three sharks, four eels, seven spiders, 19 fishes (including a neon-colored one), 28 ants, 34 sea slugs, and a whopping 120 wasps. On the plant side, there are seven new flowering plants, one liverwort, and one moss. Read more
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Michel Cousteau have teamed up to bring you Wonders of the Sea, an inspiring 85 minute underwater documentary. Wonders of the Sea follows famed filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and his children Celine and Fabien on a voyage of unknown, underwater discovery. Read more
PELAGIC & REEF DIVERSITY OF THE ARCHIPIELAGO DE REVILLAGIGEDO
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Dr. Carlos Sanchez
Socorro Islands – Pelagic & Reef Diversity
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian and Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz (UABCS) on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime! Read more
Hammerhead sharks, with their unique, wide-eyed appearance, are among the most iconic species in the Galapagos. But as the sharks become increasingly endangered, scientists are searching for ways to help their population rebound. Read more
Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau’s ocean sustainability, finds a new University of British Columbia study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy. Read more