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Florida manatee moved off the endangered species list Photo

Florida manatee moved off the endangered species list

The Florida manatee has been moved off the endangered species list. Late last month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the status of the Florida manatee will be upgraded from endangered to “threatened”. The Florida population of manatees have rebounded from 5,000 to 6,620 recorded in February of this year. (Image from Shutterstock)

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Dr. Sylvia Earle interview with Elle magazine Photo

Dr. Sylvia Earle interview with Elle magazine

Elle magazine recently interviewed Dr. Sylvia Earle for their ongoing series of articles exploring the journeys of several Rolex ambassadors. Dr. Sylvia Earle, also known by her nickname Her Deepness, is an 81 year-old oceanographer on a mission to save the world. In this interview she speaks about her background, her passion for the ocean and her hope for the future of our world.

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Sir Richard Branson set to sink artificial reef in British Virgin Islands Photo

Sir Richard Branson set to sink artificial reef in British Virgin Islands

Sir Richard Branson is set to sink an artificial reef in the British Virgin Islands, close to Necker Island, his well known vacation island in the BVI’s. The Kodiak Queen, one of the five ships that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, has been prepared and outfitted with a giant Kraken sculpture to be sunk to become the B.V.I. Art Reef. The artificial reef will be sunk just south of Mountain Point in Virgin Gorda.

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Shrimp species named after Pink Floyd Photo

Shrimp species named after Pink Floyd

A new species of shrimp has been named after prog rock group Pink Floyd. Described in the journal Zootaxa, Synalpheus pinkfloydi is a new pistol shrimp species from the tropical eastern Pacific. It uses its outsized pink claw to generate sounds that exceed 210 decibels to stun prey. According to the scientists that made the discovery, the name is based on the shrimp’s claw color, rather than the noise it creates.

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Nikon announces the D7500 Photo

Nikon announces the D7500

Nikon has announced their D7500 DX SLR camera. It features the same 20.9-megapixel image sensor and EXPEED 5 processor as the D500. Native ISO range is 100-51,200 and it utilises the 51 point AF phase detection module from the D7200. Video is 4K UHD, with uncompressed output via HDMI.

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GoPro announces trade-in scheme Photo

GoPro announces trade-in scheme

GoPro has announced their “TradeUp” scheme. This allows existing GoPro owners to get a $100 reduction on a new HERO5 Black, or $50 off a HERO5 Session when they trade in any older GoPro HERO model. The trade-in can be in any condition, including non-functional. The old cameras will be recycled responsibly.

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Boxfish takes orders for Boxfish 360 camera Photo

Boxfish takes orders for Boxfish 360 camera

Boxfish Research has announced the Boxfish 360 immersive 360° camera. It has three frame-synced MFT cameras, with images from each combining to create single immersive, 5K 360-degree video and DNG RAW photo. Runtime is around 90 minutes and the anodized aluminum housing is rated to a depth of 300m (1000ft).

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Scientists report that two thirds of GBR is bleached Photo

Scientists report that two thirds of GBR is bleached

Scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia have recorded more bad news for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is undergoing a further bleaching episode, primarily in the previously unaffected middle third of the reef. The northern end was bleached in 2016, so this leaves only the southern third unaffected.

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New species discovered in Easter Island Photo

New species discovered in Easter Island

In March of this year an expedition to Easter Island concluded with a slew of new species discovered living in the island’s “twilight zone”, the area between 200 and 500 feet deep. The team consisted of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and was the sixth expedition of the CAS’s Hope for Reefs initiative to study and restore coral reefs worldwide. Definitively the expedition recorded four new species of fish and one new species of sea biscuit that reside in the twilight zone.

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