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Love Kayaking? Then Channel Islands National Park Is The Perfect Place For You

Love Kayaking? Then Channel Islands National Park Is The Perfect Place For You

One of the most straightforward watersports, kayaking is not only a good workout, but it is a practical way to see some cool sights while out on the ocean. California’s Channel Islands National Park is a great place for kayaking enthusiasts to look into as it provides great boating opportunities for all different skill levels.

Whether one is a beginner to kayaking or a seasoned expert, Channel Islands National Park offers stunning views and manageable waters for visitors to explore.

Basics of Kayaking

Invented several thousand years ago by the Inuit, kayaking has evolved into a popular pastime for people all over the world. Slightly different than canoeing (in which the rider sits in a kneeling position, versus the legs-forward position in a kayak), and wield a paddle with two blades instead of one. Perhaps the key to kayaking’s success and popularity is its versatility- beginners can learn fairly quickly, and professionals are known to master very rough currents and waves. There is even a spot for kayaking in the Summer Olympics!

Before diving into the different places within California’s Channel Islands, it’s always a good idea to brush up on some basic kayaking skills before going.

Maintain a seated, upright position, with arms resting comfortably on the sides of the boat. Grip the paddle and use rhythm and momentum to propel through the water.

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This Mysterious Unmanned Vessel Was Just Spotted In San Diego Bay

This Mysterious Unmanned Vessel Was Just Spotted In San Diego Bay

The low-slung drone-ship catamaran is equipped with solar panels, various antennae, and camera systems.

By Tyler Rogoway September 13, 2021

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This Epic New 528-Foot Superyacht Concept Has Giant Solar Sails That Help It Cruise Emissions Free

This Epic New 528-Foot Superyacht Concept Has Giant Solar Sails That Help It Cruise Emissions Free

Norwegian designer Kurt Strand is going back to his roots with his newest sailing superyacht concept.

The hulking new 528-footer, aptly christened Norway, was inspired by ye olde flat-bottomed longships of the Viking Age. Strand has always been impressed by the beauty of these vessels and their powerful square sails, so he decided to reimagine one for the present day. As such, Norway is equipped with “space-age technology” that will allow her to sail to all corners of the globe sans emissions.

The sleek superyacht is crowned by three electro-hydraulic carbon-fiber rig masts that each stretch 315 feet and rotate as needed. The masts collectively support just shy of 65,000 square feet of sails that are covered in a flexible solar cell foil to capture the sun’s rays. According to Strand, the nifty push-button setup enables all sails to be deployed or furled away in just six minutes. It also requires far less crew than a conventionally rigged yacht.

Norways sails can be deployed or furled away in just six minutes.  Kurt Strand Design

While cruising, any energy captured from the sails is stored in a battery bank onboard and can also be used to produce hydrogen. This means when there’s no wind or sunshine, Norway will instead be powered by three multi-fuel generator engines that can run on either diesel, liquified natural gas or hydrogen. Strand says in ideal weather conditions, the superyacht will produce more clean energy than it uses.

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The Heartwarming Story of How a Humpback Whale Saved a Scientist from a Tiger Shark

The Heartwarming Story of How a Humpback Whale Saved a Scientist from a Tiger Shark

Humpback whales are extraordinary creatures. We know for certain that they’re incredibly intelligent. We know they exhibit many of the same behaviors humans do. They are social animals, remaining close to their families for the majority of their lives. They communicate with each other in ways we have yet to understand. Their capabilities, in fact, might be older than our own. Millions of years ago, well before the last common ancestor of the great apes (which humans have been linked to) was moving around the planet, whale brains underwent a rapid increase in size.

“If an alien came down anytime prior to about 1.5 million years ago to communicate with the ‘brainiest’ animals on Earth,” Lori Marino, an evolutionary neurobiologist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, told Wired magazine, “they would have tripped over our own ancestors and headed straight for the oceans to converse with the dolphins.”

Still, though, it’s not often that a humpback whale saves a human life. They’re known to be altruistic creatures, regularly protecting other animals from threat with no perceived benefit to themselves. And that’s exactly what happened a few years ago to whale scientist Nan Hauser.

Above, she tells the incredible story of how a humpback saved her from a potential shark attack — and perhaps even more incredibly, what happened when they met again.

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Glowing alien squid is the star attraction in the Ocean Photography Awards 2021

Glowing alien squid is the star attraction in the Ocean Photography Awards 2021

The finalists for this year’s Ocean Photography Awards have just been announced, and this year’s high standard of submissions provide a rich and varied look at the ocean, from multicoloured squid and translucent deep-sea creatures to very curious sea lions and split-shots of crocodiles at sunset.

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However, as we too well know, human interaction with the ocean isn’t always positive. The dangers of ghost fishing lines and discarded face masks to aquatic species are something all-too-common, while vast trawler nets and melting ice remind us that the health of the world’s oceans are under constant threat.

The Ocean Photography Awards has a simple mission: to shine a light on the beauty of the ocean and the threats it faces. The winners of this year’s Awards will be announced via a series of films between 10 and 16 September 10, and released on the Ocean Photography Awards Instagram page.

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Slideshow: Ocean Photography Awards 2021 finalists

Slideshow: Ocean Photography Awards 2021 finalists

Finalists across six categories, including Collective Portfolio, Youth Photographer of the Year, and Conservation have been announced for the second annual Ocean Photography Awards. Public voting to decide the winners is currently open. Winners will be announced in a series of videos that will air September 10th – 16th. An open-air exhibition will be available to the public on September 17th alone the River Thames, close to Tower Bridge.

'As a keen scuba diver and underwater photographer, I appreciate what it takes to capture extraordinary photographs of the ocean: passion, skill and commitment to your craft. The finalists of the Ocean Photography Awards 2021 display those assets in abundance. Their images reveal the ocean for what it is – or at least what it should be – a place full of life, colour and wonder. They also remind us of the injustices we are inflicting upon it,' says Marc A Hayek, president and CEO of Blancpain – one of the contest's partners.

All finalists can be viewed on the Ocean Photography Awards homepage.

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If Tony Stark would ever get a luxury yacht it would be this futuristic 165 feet long zero-emission vessel that comes complete with a three-story vertical garden

If Tony Stark would ever get a luxury yacht it would be this futuristic 165 feet long zero-emission vessel that comes complete with a three-story vertical garden


Design studio Hidden Portside is amalgamating the elegance of the past with the vision of the future. The result of this is a sustainability-focused, 50-meter superyacht concept named Naboo. The Barcelona-based design studio has left no stone unturned to ensure that eco-friendly and zero-emissions are words one can associate with luxury. Naboo features all of that along with a striking and never-seen-before design-savvy aesthetic. The sleek silver superyacht houses ten guests in four VIP suites and the owner’s suite.


A crew of eight can be comfortable in quarters below deck, including an exclusive galley for their use. This conceptual creation highlights a 95sqm inner patio connected through a vertical garden and a 65sqm beach club complete with a Jacuzzi and bar that forms the central core of the three decks. Naboo, the vessel, is profoundly inspired by Naboo, the fictional planet in Star Wars, which explains the affluence of greenery. Perched above the 1,000 square feet sprawling inner patio is a beach club on the main deck flaunting a secondary Jacuzzi and bar as well.

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The owner’s cabin also features a Jacuzzi and plenty of lounge space in its 355-foot private terrace located aft on the bridge deck. You will find an open layout on the main deck with “chef’s house” leading down to a second galley on the lower deck. To make this concept as sustainable as possible, in addition to the electric propulsion and solar panel system on the roof, the materials used for its fabrication are recycled aluminum and synthetic teak.

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Pictures of a monster wave off the coast of Perth has shocked surfers

Pictures of a monster wave off the coast of Perth has shocked surfers

Monster wave at one of Australia's most famous surf breaks shocks even the most hardcore of surfers – so would you be game to drop in?

Photographer Matt Macdonald has captured an insane image of a famous wave The Right is one of the world's heaviest and most dangerous swells for surfersThe huge break is located near Walpole, off the south coast of Western AustraliaThe wave only occurs when storms and lower latitudes form the massive swells 

A monster wave at one of Australia's most famous surf spots has shocked even the most hardcore surfers - and only the bravest would ever dare to drop in.

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Laird Hamilton Foil Surfs a Chicama Leg Burner for 3 Minutes Straight

Laird Hamilton Foil Surfs a Chicama Leg Burner for 3 Minutes Straight

Laird Hamilton changed surfing. The tow movement can be largely attributed to him and the Strapped Crew trying new things on waves that were thought of as too big to surfed. He was foiling well before it was as popular as it is now. The popularity of standup paddling skyrocketed largely in part to his exploits. He’s been ahead of the game for decades now, and despite the love-him-or-hate-him persona, it can’t be denied that he changed the course of riding waves for every surfer on Earth.

Which is why it’s always interesting to see what he’s up to. He headed to Chicama — a wave often called the longest left in the world — and pulled out his foil board. It’s clear, even as he ages, he’s still got that certain something that put him at the forefront of so many movements.

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