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I have just stumbled across this on Facebook and I have to say that I am absolutely appalled at the actions of some so called “Dive Professionals” in the Red Sea. Everyone who loves to dive in the Red Sea does so because of the beauty. The beauty of the wrecks, the beauty of the reefs and the beauty of the marine life. It is with this in mind that you can see just how shameful some divers can be. There is a full album of photos like this one which “Name and Shame” the people in question, with a…

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MSN News is reporting that feces, specifically from outdoor cats and wild possums, are the culprit in some severe and unusual marine mammal deaths. Despite the continued online popularity of the videoed interaction between a nuzzling cat and curious dolphin, scientists are pointing out that the intersection between the two species could be having a catastrophic effect on the marine mammals. Read the full article at MSN News

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Yahoo News Australia is reporting that Australia has insisted it was committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday after the UN warned that the natural wonder’s world heritage status could be in downgraded in 2014. UNESCO said little had been done to address concerns about rampant coastal development and water quality raised a year ago with the Australian government in a warning that its heritage status was at risk. Read the full article at Yahoo News Australia

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Reefers and Wreckers of Clitheroe (www.reefersandwreckers.com) recently teamed-up with the Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) in a pursuit that turned the heads of Sunday strollers. Walkers were greeted by the unfamiliar sight of drysuits and snorkels in river between Sawley and Edisford last weekend. Donating their time and skills, the divers performed a ‘search and recover’ of the Ribble depths to seek out a series of fish tags. The tags were originally used to track the movements of spring salmon as part of a conservation study being undertaken by the Trust. The three-year study has seen local angling groups and landowners…

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Over the past 2 days, our members successfully identified Golden Dolphin III as the boat that allowed its guests to illegally capture a turtle and shark from the Red Sea waters. Our investigation concluded that the incident took place 3 years ago and it was only in recent days that the guest decided to post the photos to their profile. Thanks to your concerns and efforts in exposing this illegal activity; the boat has been identified, the management team has issued an apology, and the national park authority passed the maximum penalty on them. HEPCA is satisfied with these outcomes…

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If you are like me and feel that the idea of shark fin soup is repulsive and needs to be banned, please take a minute to sign the petition using the link below. I have no idea what the impact of any petition is in all honesty but I do think that every little helps towards saving such a majestic species. Sign The Petition at: http://dive.im/ZFdlKB

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A great project from the Oscar winning makers of The Cove. OPS is launching a bold mission called The Heist, which will serve as the climax of our next documentary about the thousands of species that are blinking out before our eyes. It’s estimated that half the species on the planet could disappear by the end of this century. But not if we can help it. The team that infiltrated The Cove is back—with some new faces—to hatch a plan even bigger and bolder than the last. We’re bringing the sights and sounds of species on the brink of extinction to the…

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