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Designed and shaped for legendary big wave surfer Garrett McNamara, Mercedes-Benz teamed up with Corticeira Amorim (the largest cork producer in the world) to create a cutting edge surfboard made entirely out of cork.
Aside from looking like the S-Class of surfboards, this gun was constructed for a singular purpose: to surf the world's largest and most dangerous waves in Nazaré, Portugal.
McNamara wanted a durable, yet flexible board that could take a pounding and stay fully intact under even the most epic conditions.
Cork was the perfect answer. Not only is cork a renewable resource, but Portugal leads the world in its manufacturing.
The straps are utilized for tow-ins, which McNamara helped pioneer in Hawaii during the early '90s.
If you could ride giants on a Mercedes-Benz surfboard made out of cork, you'd likely be giving a thumbs-up as well.
Source: www.supercompressor.com by: Alex Robinson
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The 8th annual, 2015 Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo is set to take place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from February 21 to 22.
Spanning more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit space and featuring more than 130 exhibitors, inside and out, the interactive Expo will include exhibits, seminars, workshops and demonstrations covering freediving, scuba diving, spearfishing, lobstering, board sports, underwater photography, videography, and marine art.
New additions to this year’s event includean outdoor Adventure Zone featuring two large pools where guests can try out new water toys and take part in professional demonstrations including kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), and breath-hold techniques. Additional attractions include swimwear fashion shows and a display from Contender Boats.
Speakers include Emmy Award winning filmmaker Stan Waterman; outdoorsman and TV star Manny Puig, spearfishing champion and whale videographer Rob Torelli from Australia, shipwreck explorer Mike Barnette, and others. Marine artists including Carey Chen, Pascal Lecocq, Randall Scott, Steve Ozment, Craig Dietrich, Don Ray, K.C. Scott, displaying a huge selection of marine-themed artwork.
“We strive to offer great deals, the best speakers and workshops in the industry, and the right atmosphere for attendees to meet other watersport enthusiasts and have a great time,” said Sheri Daye, the event’s producer. “We’re entering our eighth year and this is our biggest and most exciting show yet.”
Admission is $23 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. Admission includes entry to the Saturday night Blue Wild After Party at the Courtyard Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach where guests can mingle with industry experts, celebrities, and enjoy BBQ and happy hour specials.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Blue Wild After Party is from 7:30 to 11 p.m. For more information please visit TheBlueWild.com. Like The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheBlueWild.
Source: www.piersongrant.com/blog and Facebook
The researchers also will be examining whether terrapin turtles, a declining species often accidentally drowned in crab pots, will bypass the traps based on the color of the entrance funnel.
Another, unrelated effort which NOAA and many others have been supporting for years is focused on fishing out the thousands of old salmon nets lost—sometimes decades ago—in Washington's Puget Sound. These plastic mesh nets sometimes remain drifting in the water column, while other times settling on the seafloor, where they also degrade the bottom habitat.
According to Joan Drinkwin of the Northwest Straits Foundation, the organization leading the effort, "They become traps for fish, diving birds, and mammals. Small fish will dart in and out of the mesh and predators will go after those fish and become captured in the nets. And as those animals get captured in the nets, they become bait for more scavengers."
You can watch a video about this ongoing project produced by NOAA-affiliate Oregon SeaGrant to learn more about both the problem and the solutions.
Thousands of miles away from the Pacific Northwest, ghost nets are also an issue for the otherwise vibrant coral reefs of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Every year for nearly two decades, NOAA has been removing the lost fishing nets which pile up on the atolls and small islands. This year, divers cleared away 57 tons of old fishing nets and plastic debris.
One particularly troubling "super net" found this year measured 28 feet by 7 feet and weighed 11.5 tons. It had crushed coral at Pearl and Hermes Atoll and was so massive that divers had to cut it into three sections to be towed individually back to the main NOAA ship. During this year's mission, divers also managed to free three protected green sea turtles which were trapped in various nets.
But the origins of this huge and regular flow of old fishing nets to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands remain a mystery. The islands lay hundreds of miles from any city but also within an area where oceanic and atmospheric forces converge to accumulate marine debris from all over the Pacific Ocean.
"You'll go out there to this remote place and pull tons of this stuff off a reef," comments Jim Potemra, an oceanographer at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, "that's like going to Antarctica and finding two tons of soda cans."
You can learn more about the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s efforts related to ghost fishing and why certain types of marine life may be more likely to get tangled up in discarded nets and other ocean trash.
Source: NOAA - Office or Response and Restoration
Measles-Like Virus May Be Cause Of Dolphin Deaths On U.S. Coast. A measles-like virus that suppresses the immune system could be the reason an extraordinary number of bottlenose dolphins have died after becoming stranded along the U.S. East Coast, a panel of dolphin experts said on Tuesday.
Since July 1, 333 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead along coastlines from New York to North Carolina, the highest number in a quarter-century and almost 10 times the average of 33 for the same period and region over the last five years, according to Teri Rowles of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Virginia has had the largest number of stranded dolphin deaths, with 174, Rowles said in a telephone briefing. The death toll is likely higher because there have been reports of dolphin carcasses floating off the East Coast, particularly in Virginia.
Rowles and other experts from NOAA, universities and marine institutes have tentatively attributed the deaths to cetacean morbillivirus, which is related to the virus that causes measles in humans.
Morbillivirus attacks dolphins' immune systems, leaving infected animals thin and vulnerable to other diseases, including pneumonia. Many of the stranded dolphins have lesions on their skin, mouths, joints or lungs, NOAA reported.
Different kinds of morbillivirus stay within a closely related species and there is no indication this outbreak could jump to people, said Jerry Saliki of the University of Georgia.
This kind of dolphin die-off has not occurred in the mid-Atlantic region since 1987-1988. If this outbreak follows a similar course, it could last until May 2014 as dolphin populations build up resistance to the virus, Rowles said.
NOAA has declared an Unusual Mortality Event, which offers support for bottlenose dolphins in this area under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. "At this point, there isn't anything to stop the virus," Rowles said. While there are vaccines against morbillivirus that occurs in land animals, there is no vaccine that could be easily deployed to populations of dolphins, she said.
This month, NOAA declared an Unusual Mortality Event for bottlenose dolphins in Florida's Indian River Lagoon, where dolphin strandings are nearly three times the historic average this year. The agency did not offer a tentative cause for these deaths, but many of the dolphin carcasses in Florida were emaciated.
"There is a tipping point in populations," Stephanie Venn-Watson of the National Marine Mammal Foundation said. "The primary hypothesis is East Coast dolphins don't have the natural immune response to fight off the virus."
Asked whether pollution could be a factor, Rowles said experts are monitoring an area off Georgia where there are high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the water. PCBs were banned in the United States in 1979, but they can remain at manufacturing sites for decades and are known carcinogens, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
No stranded dolphins have been reported along the Georgia coast, but that could change as the dolphins migrate south for the winter.
Source: Reuters: Dolphins Stranded
19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world.
Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.
Source: Stumbleupon: Inhabitat, ArtMovieFan: Flying Sub, Facebook: DiveGirls
Welcome to a Magical World. Welcome to Hannah's underwater world where you can view stunning photos and video footage of her international mermaid adventures. Hannah travels the world to exotic locations being filmed and photographed as a mermaid swimming in coral reefs with dolphins, whales sea lions and turtles.
She has appeared in numerous movies and shoots and is available for film, TV and photographic work.
Mermaiding, sometimes artistic mermaiding, water ballet, mermaidry, or artistic mermaid performance, is the practice of performing dolphin kicks and other undulated movements underwater while bound by a mermaid tail, typically for live, filmed, or photographed production, or for recreation.
Mermaids are usually referred to simply as "mermaids," "professional mermaids," or occasionally, "water ballerinas." Tailmaking is usually seen as a separate counterpart to the mermaiding world.
Source: Wikipedia: Mermaiding, HannahMermaid.com
All month long, share your creativity in celebrating Sharktober. Carve a shark pumpkin, dress up in a shark costume, or put your own Sharktober spin on your favorite shark photo. Happy Sharktober!
Source: Facebook/Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. What a great view from the RSMAS beach! Thanks to the volunteers who participated in the International Coastal Clean Up over the weekend!
Mavericks. Waimea Bay. Pipeline. The names evoke images of pumping surf, the raw beauty of ocean swells exploding on solid reefs, and crowds gathered to watch in awe as expert surfers take on world-class waves.
These places are some of the most revered surf spots on Earth, but there's another thing they have in common, something that few people realize: They are all found within national marine sanctuaries.
Surfing's Hawaiian Roots
A deep spiritual connection to the ocean is ingrained in Hawaiian culture. One of the best-known expressions of this connection is through the sport of surfing, which can be traced back through Hawaiian ancestry to the art of he'e nalu, or "wave sliding." Dr. Carlos Andrade, director of the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, said Hawaiian royalty - men and women alike - were noted for their ability as surfers. In fact, Andrade said, the whole of the population celebrated the activity, with entire villages emptying to go surfing when the waves arose.
Over time, surfing has grown from its Hawaiian roots to become a global phenomenon. The art of wave sliding has evolved to include big wave charging, barrel riding, and spectacular aerial maneuvers. But while surfing has become a part of mainstream culture, for many surfers it's a way of life symbolized by the same link to the ocean felt by the sport's originators on the shores of Hawai'i.
"Surfing is one of the greatest gifts Hawai'i gave to the world," says Stuart Coleman, author of "Eddie Would Go," and the Hawai'i regional coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation.
Riding Waves in the Sanctuaries
Hawai'i may be the birthplace of surfing, but it is by no means the only place with great waves. National marine sanctuaries encompass some of the nation's most celebrated places for ocean recreation - surfing included. In fact, sanctuaries feature high-profile professional contests at some of the largest rideable waves in the world, from Mavericks in central California to the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of O'ahu.
The legendary "shoot-outs" between surfing champions Kelly Slater and Andy Irons at Pipeline, arguably the most famous wave on Earth, took place within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, one of the most important humpback whale mating, calving and nursing grounds in the world.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest marine sanctuary, is home to the powerful and massive waves of Mavericks, as well as more modest - but no less popular - breaks like Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, Calif. Countless other surf spots can be found throughout the coastal waters of the sanctuary system, supporting thriving recreational use and tourism.
Conservation: A Common Goal
"Conservation and surfing are like two sides of the same coin," said Dr. Marc Lammers, a cetacean biologist and assistant researcher at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology. "I don't know how you could be a surfer and not care about the marine environment. Surfers and sanctuaries pretty much care about the same thing: the wellbeing of the ocean."
Clean water, trash-free beaches and healthy ecosystems are just a few of the shared concerns that matter to the surfing community and sanctuary managers alike. Water quality, in particular, is an issue that presents opportunities for surfers and sanctuaries to work together.
"[Surfers] are indicators when it comes to water quality," said Coleman. "We're the first to experience it and the first to get sick." Sanctuary staff throughout the U.S. mainland and Pacific Islands are working with community members, agencies and organizations like the Surfrider Foundation on efforts to improve water quality and reduce marine debris.
Lammers, an avid surfer and former sanctuary advisory council member, said marine debris is an ever-present reminder of our impact on the ocean environment. "When you spend a lot of time on the water you start to notice that there's plastic bags everywhere and all kinds of debris," he explained.
Protecting the Waves
Surfers spend countless hours in the ocean connecting with nature, becoming immersed in their surroundings and soaking up an intimate knowledge of local coasts, beaches, and reefs. "Surfers are familiar with the wildness of the sea," said Dr. Michael McGinnis, a coastal California native, lifelong surfer, and professor of Environmental Policy and Governance at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. "Even though many of us were raised in suburban environments, it was the sea that taught us the first lessons of wildness, and why we need to protect wild places."
Indeed, surfers can bring valuable knowledge and experience to the cause of conserving and managing our national marine sanctuaries. They are welcome additions to sanctuary advisory councils, volunteer programs, and other organizations engaged in ocean conservation. "We spend so much time in the water we could be first responders," suggested Coleman.
"I think that the more you surf and just enjoy the ocean, the more appreciation you have for it," said Doug Cole, executive director of the North Shore Community Land Trust. "Sometimes you just have to get out there in it to remind yourself that - wow - this really is a special place, and we could do more to keep it special and help others in their work to keep it healthy."
Source: NOAA by: Joe Paulin & Mike Murray