Australia’s Hyams Beach
Underwater Gallery - Kim Yusuf
Melbourne_from_Above - Tom Blanchford - pictures from an open-door helicopter.
50 Shades of Ray
Photograph by Eduardo Lopez Negrete
A large school of mobula rays fades into the waters of Baja, Mexico. “The rays were moving quite fast and it was hard enough keeping up with them from the surface, let alone diving down to take a closer look,” writes photographer Eduardo Lopez Negrete. Mobula rays are often referred to as flying rays due to their fondness for breaching.
This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.
HH: I haven’t seen all the entries, but this is magnificent and a giche captioned name to boot.
Cinque Terra - coastal enchantment
Manarola | Photo: Davin Sanchez
MARINE SANCTUARY EXPANDED
President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles.
“Growing up in Hawaii, I learned early to appreciate the beauty and power of the ocean,” Obama said at a White House event, reported The New York Times. “And like Presidents Clinton and Bush before me, I’m going to use my authority as president to protect some of our most precious marine landscapes, just like we do for mountains and rivers and forests.”
The remote U.S. sanctuary in the central Pacific Ocean will become the world’s largest such protected area.
The order, which would come into force later this year after a comment period, would make fishing, energy exploration and other activities off limits in the area, which includes uninhabited islands in a remote region.
The new area is adjacent to islands and atolls controlled by the United States and would include waters up to 200 nautical miles offshore from these territories.
Ph: Eugene Tan
Improbable, But True
Maybe it’s the oarfish. It looks too monstrous to be true. It can grow many meters long, has strikingly bright silver scales, scarlet fins and some ornate headgear that more than explains why some call it a roosterfish. If only it were a reptile, it’d be a true sea serpent.
Alas. It is a fish. A very weird and beautiful fish, but still a fish.
CREDIT: NOAA/ BLOODYDECKS.COM
Source: Discovery News