Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), a major player in the powersports industry, has announced that it will unveil an electric version of each of its products by 2026. The Quebec, Canada-based comp...
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Divers, snorkelers, and tourists visit all year round - to travel back in time and swim through ancient streets, past mosaics, statues, columns, and the remains of what was once a seaside resort for wealthy Romans.
Lungs—and breathing clearly—have been on the world's mind over the past few years. And now, a group of South Korean artists has designed a concept that takes breathing to a new level. Super Lung is a metal lung concept that uses algae to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Designed by Bongkyu Song …
Ian Walsh surfs enormously big waves. It’s his job, and like any professional athlete, he trains hard for it. Training for surfing is a strange thing, though. Yeah, the best way to practice surfing is to surf, but when you need to practice surfing giant waves, it’s not like you can just head out and do it whenever you feel like it. One of the most important parts of surfing giant waves is being prepared for the inevitable wipeouts, and those wipeouts are far worse than average. Learning to hold your breath while exerting energy is extraordinarily important, so here’s what Ian Walsh does.
“Progression finding comfort in that underwater world,” he wrote. “On the third lap, I take a quick moment to soak in that urge to breathe and settle. Recognizing that the urge is definitely a bit physical, but there is also a giant mental aspect to it.”
Peter Sotis, the US rebreather instructor who was buddying Sharkwater film-maker Rob Stewart when he died on a deep dive in 2017, has been sentenced to almost five years’ imprisonment for conspiring and illegally attempting to export unlicensed military-grade rebreathers to Libya.
Florida scuba divers Sotis, 57, and Emilie Voissem, 45, were convicted last October following a week-long jury trial in Miami, as reported on Divernet. Now Sotis has received a 57-month prison term.
Voissem, who was found not guilty of making false statements, was sentenced to five months in prison and another five months confined to her home.
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This is the tense moment a free diver had a close encounter and nearly collided - with a baby whale. Mitch Brown, 27, and his girlfriend Yanna Xian, 24, were swimming on a whale boat tour when they were approached by a baby humpback. The curious two-week-old calf swam right up close to Yanna before descending into the sea. But because of its massive size, and the movement of the water, it nearly pulled her with it, forcing Yanna to frantically swim upwards to keep herself from descending. Mitch, from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, said: "Whales had been almost that close to us before, but they always had a clear sense of direction which was almost always away from us. "This one may have not seen Yanna which is why it reared it's head before touching her. "As it was swimming away was the time I realized we had just created a life memory. "It felt like a true connection between human and whale." The couple booked onto a whale-spotting boat tour with Moorea Blue Water on the final day of their trip to Moorea, Tahiti last September. Every so often, the boat would stop and they would be able to get into the water to view whales in their natural habitat. Photographer Mitch said: "We love traveling and freediving in our free time, we knew Tahiti was a bucket list destination to swim with whales. "We were just swimming on the top of the water because we saw a mama whale and the baby whale resting at the bottom of the ocean. "As we calmly watch them from above the water, this curious baby whale decides to come up to check us out." The baby was caught on camera swimming up to the ocean's surface and rolling about in play, before deciding to dive back down just inches from Apple Store worker Yanna. Mitch, who also works at the Apple Store, said: "It was a beautiful display of respect from both of them. "The whale clearly didn't want to run into Yanna and Yanna tried to swim back with her hands instead of feet to avoid kicking the whale. "I was more worried the whale would in unintentionally hit Yanna, and it happened so quickly that by the time I could react the whale was changing course. "After that we all swam to each other and showed each other videos and photos and were laughing and high-fiving. "We were all so stoked we got to witness that. "There was definitely a moment of connection between the two of them." Yanna was letting some water our her goggles when the whale approached, and when she put her head back underneath she saw it was right in front of her. She did …
You take around 25,000 breaths per day. But many of us are doing it wrong. In fact, journalist James Nestor found it to be enough of an issue that he wrote an entire New York Times best-selling book about it called Breath. In his research, Nestor found that making a few simple adjustments to the way we breathe can have a massive impact on everything from our health to athletic performance and mood.
Emma Ferris, a physiotherapist and breathing coach with the Breath Effect, says 80 percent of the population have a breathing dysfunction and have developed poor techniques throughout the years. “And that can range from breathing through the mouth, breathing through the upper chest and neck muscles, having altered breathing rhythm and rate, or keeping the body in a stress state for long periods of time,” she explains. So, now that we know that we’re probably not breathing right, how do we fix it?
Here are a few expert-backed tips on how to take your very best breaths:
Breathe like a baby
As humans, we’re born knowing how to breathe. If you look at babies, you’ll notice their abdomens rising and falling. The same thing probably happens when you catch your dog or cat resting. “From birth, we breathe through our bellies, like babies do,” says Ferris. This, she explains, is our way of regulating our nervous system and activating our parasympathetic nervous system, which keeps us calm, rested, and relaxed.
But over time, many people deviate to other breathing patterns, whether from being self-conscious over the look of their stomachs going in and out or forming bad habits when stressed. For instance, we often hold our breaths or take very short breaths through our chests while in fight-or-flight mode. “And while the stress goes away, the body still keeps breathing in that pattern,” says Ferris. This can affect the nervous system and bring on symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, panic disorders, upset gut, depression, poor sleep, stress, headaches, neck pain, back pain, nausea, palpitations, and more.
As a Marine Biologist by education, and an art lover by interest, combined with being an avid traveler and keen scuba diver, the idea of an underwater sculpture park is simply perfection to me. And what I especially like is that many of the newer underwater museums strive to create awareness about the environmental threats faced by our oceans today.
MOUA (Photo Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)
Take the MOUA along the Great Barrier Reef: Every single installation has a story, tells of specific threats, and is not just beautiful, but makes you think. And extracting awareness from a piece of art is always a bonus. But obviously, it also adds great fun and adventure to a trip to the seaside.
In just the last couple of years, new underwater museums have popped up around the globe, and they are all encouraging local as well as international tourism, raising residents as well as visitors awareness and a feeling of responsibility toward the sea and its creatures, while also adding a much-needed boost to tourism income to the community.
And they are so enjoyable. Whether you can scuba dive or not, the vast majority of these sculpture parks are accessible by glass-bottomed boats, some even have sculptures visible from land, but there is nothing quite like donning a mask and some fins and snorkeling in clear waters across an art installation.
Unique vessel capable of traveling seven miles begins drop to Challenger Deep, Mariana Trench.
Courtesy of Michael Dubno
There’s a lot of debate about the expression, “may you live in interesting times.” Where did it come from? Is it a wish or a curse? Whatever the back story, it’s safe to say 2021 was, to put it politely, interesting in the extreme. But, for one inventor-computer scientist-video game developer-explorer from New York, there may never be another year as amazing as the one he’s just had.
While most of the world was fending off COVID-19 and living on Zoom, and while environmentalists were gearing up to talk about climate, carbon, biodiversity, marine ecosystems, and oceans at COP26, Michael Dubno was immersed in a mission to visit the deepest part of the ocean, Challenger Deep, the Mariana Trench. It’s named after the HMS Challenger whose crew, in 1875, first sounded the depths of the Trench.
“If you were to drain Earth, what gets exposed by 6,000 meters (around 19,000 feet) is basically the entire earth, except for five or six trenches,” says Dubno, still in awe of the experience. “I personally was on the tenth dive to full ocean depth and was the 18th person to go down there.” His exploration plunged to the record depth of 11,000 meters, or roughly 36,000 feet. The U.S. National Ocean Service maps it beneath the western Pacific Ocean in the southern end of the Mariana Trench, which runs several hundred kilometers southwest of the U.S. territorial island of Guam.
Inventor-explorer Michael Dubno boards customized submarine to visit the Challenger Deep, Mariana ... [+] Trench deepest ocean depth on the planet.
DARPA has awarded Phase 2 contracts in its Manta Ray program, which aims to build a series of underwater drones capable of taking on long-range, long-endurance, autonomous ocean missions without any human support for charging, maintenance or logistics.
The two contractors chosen, Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation and Martin Defense Group, will each now build and present a full-size demonstration drone.
The mission profile here presents an impressive challenge; these machines need to be incredibly self-sufficient in a difficult environment. They'll need to be able to stop and charge up their own batteries, presumably harvesting energy from sub-sea currents. They'll need to be able to sense, label and avoid all manner of obstacles to avoid getting snagged in seaweed, scratched up by rocks and coral or stuck in crevasses.
The drones need to be able to charge themselves as necessary
Shark bite incidents are rare but traumatic. They’re usually followed by calls for mitigationstrategies, some of which are dangerous or lethal to sharks – despite the fact most sharks are timid and actively avoid people.
The “SharkSmart” approach, adopted by the Queensland government, aims to educate and urge people to take responsibility for reducing the risk of shark bites by changing their own behaviour. But can humans change?
To find out, we teamed up with three companies in the sailing charter industry in the Whitsundays area to better understand how people were using the environment, their knowledge of shark smart behaviours and to see if promoting SharkSmart behaviours led to change.
We found people can and do change behaviour as a result of education – but for some, unfortunately, a “she’ll be right” attitude still prevails.
People must take responsibility for reducing the risk of shark bites by changing their own behaviour. Shutterstock
Doing your part to be SharkSmart
Previous surveys had shown many water-users were already aware of many ways to reduce shark risk but there was room for improvement.
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The Santa Rosa Blue Hole is a unique part of New Mexico's desert landscape, and it's one that many travelers miss when visiting.
Santa Rosa Blue Hole receives its name from the water's deep, pristine blue hues. It's a one-of-a-kind waterhole that naturally replenishes with 3,000 gallons of water every minute. The bell-shaped structure has an 80-foot diameter at the top and a 130-foot diameter at the bottom. Its great visibility allows you to see the floor.
Visitors passing across the New Mexico desert often find the Blue Hole of Santa Rosa an unexpected site. It's a popular natural pool that was originally used to cool down in the sweltering heat by cowboys or tourists passing along Route 66. Visitors now arrive for leisure swimming, and it's also one of the country's best diving places.
What To Do
The Blue Hole is a well-known diving destination in the United States, bringing skilled divers from all over the country to explore the natural pool's depths.
Depth is more than 80 feet.The visibility is always 100 feet.Water Temperature: Thanks to the steady spring flow that preserves the water temperature at a constant 61 degrees, you can dive the Blue Hole all year. Winter is the busiest season.You must obtain a $20 Scuba Permit that is valid for one week. The cost of an annual permit is $50.00.
Note: Since the Lake is home to a diverse range of aquatic species, fishing or activities such as scuba diving, free diving, or leisure swimming are strictly prohibited.
Marine biologists expect to find all sorts of strange stuff in the deep sea, but a mammoth tusk ain’t one of them.
Marine biologist Steven Haddock and ROV pilot Randy Prickett first spotted the tusk in 2019 while aboard the R/V Western Flyer, and it appeared as though they’d stumbled upon an elephant tusk. The duo, as members of a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) expedition, were investigating a deep sea mount located some 300 kilometres off the California coast.
Haddock and Prickett returned to the scene in July 2021, as they had only been able to retrieve a small portion of the tusk during their initial visit. Using ROV Doc Ricketts and working at a depth of over 3,070 metres, they managed to collect the entire 1-metre long tusk, according to an MBARI press release. Back on shore, the team was able to confirm the tusk as belonging to an extinct Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi).
“In the deep sea, we find lots of amazing animals which people would not believe exist on Earth, but finding this mammoth tusk, so deep and so far from shore, was by far the most improbable thing I’ve experienced,” Haddock wrote to me in an email.