When I met my fiancé, he told me to get my dive certification and that he was taking me to the Seychelles. On my second licensed dive, I ended up in the south channel of Aldabra, the world's second largest coral atoll, in a high-speed drift dive akin to a Formula One race. Holding onto my breath for dear life, flying past an oceanscape that was nothing short of a mermaid's wonderland... I was hooked. Breath, movement, quiet—peace within the turmoil—and a world that was so dense, so unfamiliar, and so beautiful. A sea turtle that I bumped into looked me in the eyes, then seemed to glance toward the surface and ask: "Why would you ever go back? You know, up there." Why, indeed? As I continued to explore the world's ocean, I quickly realized that I had been completely spoiled on that early dive in Aldabra. It's clear that the health of our oceans is challenged. But all is not lost. There's a global goal amongst many NGO's and affiliated efforts of protecting 30% of the … [Read more...] about Under the Sea: A Diving Bucket List
Gisela Salomon, Deb Riechmann and Matthew Lee Associated Press Published 4:39 PM EDT Apr 17, 2019 Coral Gables, Fla. – The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the “three stooges of socialism.” “The troika of tyranny – Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua – is beginning to crumble,” Bolton said in a hard-hitting speech near Miami on the 58th anniversary of the United States’ failed Bay of Pigs invasion of the island, an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government. Bolton announced a new cap on the amount of money families in the United States can send their relatives in Cuba. The Obama administration had lifted limits on remittances, but the new limit will be $1,000 per person per quarter, Bolton said. Remittances … [Read more...] about Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela
The Coral Triangle is a vast network of coral reefs that dot the waters surrounding the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Also known as "the Amazon of the ocean," this expansive underwater ecosystem in Southeast Asia is a hotspot for marine biodiversity, hosting 30 percent of the world's coral reefs that span 2.3 million square miles (6 million square kilometers). From humpback whales to humphead wrasses, a wide variety of sea creatures survive and thrive along the reefs in the Coral Triangle. Biodiversity hotspot "If you go to a place in the Coral Triangle — like the Verde Island Passage or Bali — there's so much microhabitat diversity," said Luiz Rocha, a coral reef scientist at the California Academy of Sciences. "You can go 100 yards [90 meters] from one reef to another, and the reef composition will be completely different." The region is home to more than 500 species of reef-building corals, which have adapted … [Read more...] about What Is the Coral Triangle?
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