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New marine sanctuary established in Galapagos Islands Photo

New marine sanctuary established in Galapagos Islands

The government of Ecuador announced yesterday plans to establish a marine sanctuary around the islands of Wolf and Darwin in the Galapagos Islands. Although the waters surrounding the famous islands have been protected since 1998 under the Galapagos Marine Reserve, small scale fishing was still permitted throughout most of the waters. This new sanctuary will establish strict no-take zones.

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Polaroid develops underwater housings Photo

Polaroid develops underwater housings

Veteran camera equipment manufacturers Polaroid has launched a range of polycarbonate housings for compact, mirrorless and SLR cameras. Variously reated to between 130 and 160 feet (40 to 50m), the housings have a fixed port, so work with specific lens combinations. The company will offer housings for cameras from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony.

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Okhotsk Sea Museum issues apology for offensive photo contest winning choice Photo

Okhotsk Sea Museum issues apology for offensive photo contest winning choice

The Japanese museum, Okhotsk Sea Museum, that put on a photo contest and chose a man standing on a dead whale as its winning image has issued an apology. The apology comes after the public reacted with strong negativity to the museum’s choice. In addition to an apology, the prize has been revoked and this year’s contest is cancelled.

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Over half the world population of right whales return to Cape Cod Photo

Over half the world population of right whales return to Cape Cod

The numbers of north atlantic right whales have been rebounding in recent years and almost half of the worldwide population of 500 whales have been returned to the waters off Massachusetts. The large numbers this year is especially welcomed as it is a stark contrast to the less than 30 whales a year sighted in the nineties in these waters. Right whales have rebounded after whalers nearly hunted them to extinction for their oil and bone.

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