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Underwater photographer Ryo Minemizu wins 5th Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award Photo

Underwater photographer Ryo Minemizu wins 5th Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award

Underwater photographer Ryo Minemizu has won the 5th Annual Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award for his series titled The Secret World of Plankton. Minimize has spent the last 20 years diving and photographing larval ocean creatures off the coast of Japan. In that time he has perfected a technique that captures animals maturing from their larval stage to adult. After a high tide, once the sun goes down, Minemizu sets up 30 LED lights on tripods to attract the almost invisible organisms, waiting sometimes for hours at a time.

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Millions of Pyrosomes have started appearing off the Pacific North-West Photo

Millions of Pyrosomes have started appearing off the Pacific North-West

Millions of Pyrosomes, also known as “fire bodies”, have appeared off the west coast of North America stretching from the Pacific North-West to Alaska. Three years of un-precedented warm water off the west coast has finally given way to more expected cooler waters. But, what may have brought these typically more tropical visitors is unknown.

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All proceeds from Lush’s “Shark Fin” Soap fund Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater: Extinction documentary Photo

All proceeds from Lush’s “Shark Fin” Soap fund Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater: Extinction documentary

Lush has re-released their very popular “shark fin” soap in honor of World Ocean’s Day earlier this month. Additionally, 100% of all proceeds from this Lush product go Rob Stewart’s documentary Sharkwater:Extinction to help complete the project. Stewart tragically died in a diving accident earlier this year. This product hopes to bring awareness to the over 100 million sharks that are killed annually.

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Film: What Would the Ocean Say by James Cameron Photo

Film: What Would the Ocean Say by James Cameron

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute partnered with Disneynature; The Explorers Club; OpenROV – OpenExplorer; The Resolution Project to present a film produced by James Cameron entitled “What Would the Ocean Say?” on World Oceans Day. It outlines the the major threats to the worlds oceans including global warming, plastic pollution, overfishing, ocean acidification and more. It then goes on to introduce a new generation of ocean activists, underlining the need for individuals to take action.

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