President Obama declared the first fully protected area in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, designating 4,913 square miles off the New England coastline as a new marine national monument. Read more
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and Releases Captive Whale Sharks.
Source: Thecoraltriangle.com by Paul Hilton
Indonesian authorities just raided a major supplier of illegal marine megafauna in the remote Indonesian province of Maluku, discovering two illegally captured whale sharks which they released back into the wild. But there may be many more such cases in the Coral Triangle, as ocean theme parks in China and parts of Southeast Asia increase and seek out unique species to attract visitors. Award winning photojournalist Paul Hilton reports… Read more
Drones aren’t just for the military, Amazon and your dorky photographer friend. They’ve also become valuable tools for marine biologists, like the ones who captured this footage of endangered southern right whales off the coast of Australia. Read more
Meeting in the Galápagos, the presidents of Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Colombia announce historic protections to safeguard sea turtles, sharks, and a variety of other creatures off their coasts.
Colorful fish seeking shelter within the coral forests of a reef, the fins of sharks and dolphins racing in competition to get the last piece of a diminishing bait ball of sardines, a humpback whale mother carefully investigating whether that tiny diver with a camera in his hands is a threat to her newborn calf.
If you enjoy the oceans and you scroll through your social media, you will see drone footage of great white sharks in shallow water chasing seals or a standup paddle boarder encountering a curious orca. This type of media is tremendously important. Read more
Racing Extinction ask you to Call out FedEx
FedEx has a choice to make. Are they going to join UPS and other shipping companies and stand up for sharks, or are they going to continue contributing to sharks’ extinction?
Now is the time for us all do to our part to save sharks, and demand that FedEx stop shipping shark fins. The company is beginning to sweat and has acknowledged our request to make change to their policy and has pushed our request up to their senior leadership.
From: Science Network Western Australia
by Rebecca Graham
RECREATIONAL dive guides collecting data on grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) have uncovered more information than traditional acoustic telemetry tags—signifying a win for citizen science.
The research partnership between UWA, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Micronesian Shark Foundation in Palau presented a unique opportunity to test the reliability of shark counts collected by recreational dive guides at popular diving sites in Palau.
By: Beverly Peterson
Almost a month has passed since Quinio El Guardian Citizen’s Science Dive Expedition set sail to the Revillagigedo Archipelago, (Socorro Islands), from San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Each day I think of some part of that trip. I live in La Paz, BCS, Mexico.
I remember everyone was finally aboard on November 7th and we set sail. The seas were calm, the crossing was gentle.
Brian Clark Howard – National Geographic
By the close of a two-day conference in Washington on the world’s oceans, five nations had pledged to extend marine protections to cover more than a million square miles.
The United States, Palau, the Cook Islands, and the Bahamas unveiled their plans on Tuesday, following Kiribati‘s announcement Monday that commercial fishing would end in the vast marine reserves in its Pacific Ocean territory by the end of the year.
Most people wouldn’t know where to start if you asked them to find a relationship between scuba diving and Christianity, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth when it comes to Pennsylvania-native Jim Mustoe.
The Worldwide Christian Scuba Divers Organization, a nonprofit founded by Mustoe, promotes the vision of letting Jesus be the regulator of your life. Much like how a scuba diver can’t have access to the tank without a pressure regulator, according to the Bible without Jesus you can’t have access to God.