This holiday season, I’d like to share a video by Howard Hall that epitomizes why we love the ocean so… and why we dive. The blue whale swim by is one of the most amazing pieces of film I’ve ever seen. Here’s raising a glass to working hard to save our ocean planet and the amazing creatures who share it with us.
Happy Holidays to all!
Anderson Cooper takes viewers on an underwater adventure to one of the world’s most vibrant coral reefs, an anomaly at a time when many of the world’s reefs are in danger – or already dead. He talks to Cuban marine conservationists who show how protecting The Gardens of the Queen reef from fishing and pollution has resulted in an almost perfectly healthy reef. Seeing these abundant reefs gives this diver hope that a network of Marine Protected Areas worldwide can eventually bring back what we’ve lost.
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Point Portrero Reach
At last month’s US Coast Guard Area Committee Meeting for our region, a concerned participant questioned the stability of a decommissioned Naval tug boat moored in Point Portero Reach, also known as the Richmond Channel. The Coast Guard said that it had tried to contact the Greek owner of the derelict 205′ World War II Tug to no avail. So the Coast Guard continued to monitor the situation.
But on Sunday, the tug sprung an oil leak and according to officials, it is still leaking. The boat is surrounded with three layers of a 22-inch hard boom, and the nearby sensitive habitat area of Brooks Island remains boomed off. No dispersants have been used and the spill appears to be contained at this time according to a US Fish & Wildlife Official.
No wildlife has yet been affected, says the Coast Guard. Anyone seeing instances of contaminated wildlife is asked to call 1-877-UCD-OWCN.
The elderly gent in the photos below served on the derelict tug during WWII. There are two identical gray tugs, the sinking vessel lists considerably to starboard.
Courtesy of NPR
Photo Credit: Clare Brown
Richard Branson has built a global business empire around the philosophy “have fun and the money will come.”
As the founder of Virgin Group, he grew a mail-order record company into a major record label and a chain of record stores; he started an airline; he created a space tourism company; and he has been actively involved in humanitarian efforts.
Now, Branson argues that it’s time to rethink the way businesses function. You can make money, he says, by doing good. In a new book, Screw Business As Usual, he posits that businesses can make a profit and actively care about people, communities and the planet at the same time.
Branson joins NPR’s Neal Conan to talk about his new philosophy.
Listen to Sir Richard’s inspiring philosophy here!