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Results: DEEP Indonesia 2018 Photo

Results: DEEP Indonesia 2018

Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide are proud to announce the results of the 2018 DEEP Indonesia imaging contest. The field was incredibly strong and the most hearty congratulations are due to Yung-Sen Wu for his stunning image of a blue ring octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata) with eggs. Further congratulations to all of the among the placings, especially to the many members of the Wetpixel community.

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Malibu bans restaurants from using plastic straws and cutlery Photo

Malibu bans restaurants from using plastic straws and cutlery

The affluent, celebrity studded, seaside town of Malibu recently voted to ban plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery. The ban goes into effect on June 1st when the 65 restaurants will have to cease using the single use plastic items. Malibu was an early adopter of a plastic bag ban, voting in 2008 to stop using them in stores. 500 million plastic straws are thrown away every day across the country, all of which cannot be decomposed.

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Beached Gray whale survives 3 days in Mexico Photo

Beached Gray whale survives 3 days in Mexico

A gray whale has survived a 3-day beaching ordeal in Baja, Mexico. In mid-February the whale swam into a shallow canal in Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos and was then trapped when the tide receded. Over three days workers with the federal environmental protection agency kept the whale hydrated by using pumps and digging holes in the sand around it to allow water to pool. On the third day the tide rose high enough to allow the whale to be freed, and it swam away using its own power.

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Bad breeding season sees no new calves for Northern Atlantic Right Whales Photo

Bad breeding season sees no new calves for Northern Atlantic Right Whales

Scientists studying Northern Atlantic right whales have observed no new calves born as the calving season comes to a close. This is bad news as the whales are endangered and the conclusion comes after a terrible year for deaths, 17 recorded off North America. The population is up from being nearly decimated by whalers, but hovers around 450 total individuals.

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