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Study utilizes detailed photomosaics to analyze coral distribution Photo

Study utilizes detailed photomosaics to analyze coral distribution

Scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have published a paper in the journal Coral Reefs, showing how the creation of detailed photomosaics of the reef at Palmyra Atoll, has shown remarkable recurring patterns in the way corals are distributed. The team surveyed 17,000 square feet of reef at Palmyra, some 44,000 coral colony and created 39,000 images that were stitched into 3D photomosaics. Each of these consists of 2,500 to 3,500 images captured with 2 Nikon D7000 16.2 megapixel cameras.

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Volunteers save beached sperm whales in Indonesia Photo

Volunteers save beached sperm whales in Indonesia

Early monday morning ten sperm whales were spotted beached along shore in the Aceh Province of Indonesia. Approximately 50 volunteers organized through conservation groups entered the water and worked through the night to attempt to rescue the whales. While six of the sperm whales were rescued, four of the whales unfortunately died. Beachings are not very common in Indonesia, however, a group of 29 pilot whales stranded in 2016 close to Jakarta.

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Scientists explore blue hole in Great Barrier Reef Photo

Scientists explore blue hole in Great Barrier Reef

A blue hole that is extremely hard to get to, nestled off Daydream Island of the great Barrier Reef, has finally been explored by scientists. The blue hole was previously described by geologists, but due to its location, had never been explored. Although the researchers were only able to reach 65 feet deep, they were able to surmise that the blue hole may even be older than the famed Belize blue hole. Scientist Johnny Gaskell led the expedition.

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OWU and DEEP 2018 contests are open for entries Photo

OWU and DEEP 2018 contests are open for entries

The flagship underwater imaging contests, the Underwater Competition Series, organized by founders DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel, are now open for entries. Comprising the Our World Underwater Competition and the DEEP Indonesia Competition, there are over $100,000 worth of prizes up for grabs once again. The deadline for entries to Our World Underwater is 27 January, and for DEEP Indonesia, 10 February.

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Sylvia Earle and Drew Richardson Encourage Dive Community to Be a Force for Good Photo

Sylvia Earle and Drew Richardson Encourage Dive Community to Be a Force for Good

The annual DEMA show wrapped up this past weekend in Orlando, Florida after several days. Famed oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and Drew Richardson, CEO of PADI, held a press event at the show to talk about the importance of divers to conserve the oceans they know and love. Mission Blue and PADI formed a partnership earlier this year to encourage divers to be a force for change.

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