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Australian lawmakers enact largest removal of conservation zones in the world Photo

Australian lawmakers enact largest removal of conservation zones in the world

Via some deft political maneuvering, the Australian government has railroaded through new legislation that removes protections from sensitive marine environments. Opponents of the move are calling it the largest unwinding of conservation zones in world history, at least by area, exceeding the Trump administration’s downsizing of two national parks to make way for mining. For updates and ways to protest this decision, please see this thread in the Wetpixel forum.

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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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