Seabed Abysmal: April 2012

Spectacular abyssal creatures and beings that are suspected to inhabit the marine depths.

April 30, 2012

Giant cannibal shrimp asian tiger are invading the coasts of America en masse



Giant cannibal shrimp are invading the coasts of America en masse — and while it sounds like the work of a mad scientist in one of those cheesy, low-budget, black-and-white 1950s science-fiction movies, the danger (or rather, lack thereof) is all too real.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers have discovered that there were more than 10 times as many sightings of Asian tiger shrimp, which can grow to be more than a foot long and can consume their smaller relatives, off the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts in the US in 2011 than there were in 2010, CNN's Brad Lendon reported on Thursday.

"We can confirm there was nearly a tenfold jump in reports of Asian tiger shrimp in 2011," USGS Biologist Pam Fuller, the head of the agency's Nonindigenous Aquatic Species database, said in a statement. "And they are probably even more prevalent than reports suggest, because the more fisherman and other locals become accustomed to seeing them, the less likely they are to report them."

Researchers from the USGS and the NOAA are reportedly working with various state agencies to examine this phenomenon and discover what the massive influx of this decapod species, which is indigenous to the Indo-Pacific, Asian and Australian regions, means for native types of shrimp.

The cause of the increase in sightings is unclear, Fuller said, and scientists with the two agencies are hoping to discover more about the biology of the Asian tiger shrimp and the possible impact they will have on the coastal ecosystems in the US.

Experts call for shark awareness 2012



For those of us living here in the UK, the recent rains have felt like a return to winter, but the oceans around us tell a different story.

The UK waters are warmer than usual, with marine experts calling on the public to report sightings of basking sharks this summer.The sharks are drawn to warm, plankton-rich surface waters off the west coast of Great Britain and Ireland.

April 29, 2012

Giant Blue-Finned Tuna - Killer Whale



The competition between the fishermen and the killer whales heats up as the tuna migrate from the Med to the Atlantic ocean.

Killer Whales "Wave Wash" Seal | Frozen Planet



A pod of orcas, or killer whales, cooperate to wash a Weddell seal off an ice floe. This sequence, filmed for Frozen Planet, marks the first complete filming of killer whale "wave washing" behavior.

Sharp decline in the populations of reef sharks in the Pacific Ocean


Humans are causing a sharp decline in the populations of reef sharks in the Pacific Ocean, according to a new study by an international group of marine scientists.The new estimates compare the numbers of reef sharks around the islands populated with living near the uninhabited islands. The results are alarming, researchers say.

"We estimate that the number of reef sharks has fallen considerably around the populated islands, usually over 90% compared to those living in the most pristine reefs," said author Marc Nadon of the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hawaii.

More than 1,600 underwater surveys conducted in 46 Pacific islands and atolls in the U.S. were conducted for the study and were combined with data on human population, habitat complexity, the size of the reefs and the satellite record.

The estimates were obtained using "drag dive" where divers reported sightings of sharks while being towed behind a small boat. A method that provides a more accurate census of mobile reef fish, including sharks in large areas, the researchers said.

"Around each of the densely populated areas we studied, in the main Hawaiian Islands, the archipelago of the Marianas and American Samoa, the number of reef sharks was very low compared to the reef in the same regions that were simply further away from human beings, "said Nadon.

The study co-author Julia Baum of the University of Victoria in Canada asserts that human disturbance on reef shark populations are probably due to fishing, either catches in the nets of commercial fishermen or recreational, or direct attacks for their fins.

"The reef shark fins are the most valuable, as they tend to be smaller than other sharks, but a lot of other oceanic sharks have declined greatly, so that's why fishermen are turning to them "said Baum.

It is estimated that these fins are sold around $ 100 per kilogram with a demand from Asian markets, where is shark fin soup that is on the menu for weddings and business banquets.

The reef sharks, which are about 1.8 to 2.4 meters long, are "predators" of coral reefs Baum says, and like other predators in ecosystems play an important role in structuring food webs. But there is still much to learn about their specific role.

"Frankly, we are still trying to figure out what the predators on the reefs. The reason for this is because most predators have been removed from the reefs.

April 28, 2012

Aliens of the Deep (2005)



James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet's most unique life forms.

Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage


Best Shark Attack Video (Must watch)


18m young weakened blue whale eaten alive by tiger shark and others


Megamouth Shark



The rare Megamouth shark and others, the blue shark, leopard shark, angel shark, horn shark and swell shark and some hatching from eggs.

Rare Basking Shark filmed in San Clemente, California



More than a dozen fishermen on an early morning expedition off San Clemente, California got the sight of a lifetime Wednesday morning.

April 25, 2012

Ghostly Yeti Crab Swarms Discovered Near Antarctica



For the first time, scientists have observed and filmed animals, including a fuzzy new species of crab, swarming hot volcanic vents near Antarctica. The ghostlike crabs feed on bacteria that live off minerals spewed from the hydrothermal vents.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth



National Geographic Explorer James Cameron relives his experience in the Mariana Trench. April 29th on NatGeo.

Rescuer Left In Sea As Trawler Sinks



A lifeboat crewman was left treading water after a daring rescue saved two fishermen just seconds before their trawler sank.

The lifeboat Norma T, based in Portsmouth, Hampshire, was returning from routine training when it heard a mayday call from a 36-foot fishing trawler reporting that it was taking on water two miles south of Langstone Harbour.

When the rescue boat reached the trawler, which had used a flare to confirm its position, the crew found the vessel was already resting on the waterline and that only the boat's forward motion was keeping it afloat.

RNLI helmsman Pete Slidel boarded the fishing boat to check how much water it had taken on and to prepare the two trawlermen to abandon ship.

After the first fisherman was transferred to the safety of the lifeboat, the trawler's engine failed, leaving the vessel adrift and unstable in the 10ft swell.

The lifeboat was able to retrieve the second fisherman but was pushed away again by the swell before Mr Slidel could jump clear.The fishing boat then sank beneath the waves, leaving the volunteer crewman swimming behind it.

Mr Slidel said: "After the engine cut out, it was only about four or five seconds before the boat started to go. As the bow went up on the next wave, the stern just went under and it began to capsize."

He was picked up by the Gosport rescue boat before the RNLI lifeboat rushed the two fishermen back to the boathouse, where they were able to recover from their ordeal.

US makes first arrest in BP oil spill case



Kurt Mix, a former engineer for British Petroleum, has been charged with intentionally destroying evidence about the scale of disaster. Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from Miami.

Limbless man to swim around the world



French swimmer Philippe Croizon, who has no arms or legs, plans to swim around the world by tackling crossings between all five continents.

CryoSat: Arctic Sea-Ice Thickness (2010.10 - 2011.03)



This animation, generated using data from ESA's CryoSat satellite, shows changes in Arctic sea-ice thickness between October 2010 and March 2011. Every year, the Arctic Ocean experiences the formation of vast amounts of floating ice during the winter months, and melting during the summer months

April 24, 2012

Fisherman in Oregon gets into a tug-of-war with a Sea Lion


Rare white killer whale filmed in wild




Researchers have recorded video footage of the only known all white male orca in the wild.

Great white shark caught by fishermen in Mexico



Fishermen in Mexico's Sonora state catch a 20ft great white shark from the waters of the Sea of Cortez.

April 23, 2012

Sighted for the first time an adult white killer whale


Russian scientists believe they have first seen a white orca adult. The white killer whale was spotted on the east coast of Russia and has nearly 16 years.The male killer whale (Orcinus orca), which has been called Iceberg, was near the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia, and looked healthy.


Only occasionally have been sighted in the past white orcas, but has always been very young individuals, including a whale that died of a genetic disease in a Canadian aquarium in 1972.

Scientists were along the coast of Kamchatka expedition coliderada by Erich Hoyt, conservationist, orca expert and member of the Society for the Conservation of Whales and Dolphins, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, WDCS.

"The dorsal fin is six feet long, which means having at least 16 years of age. The flap also contains many brands, so it could be even greater."Orcas reach maturity around 15 years. Males have an average life expectancy of about 30 years but may live 50 or 60 years.

The killer whale was sighted in Kamchatka in a family. "Iceberg (as he was baptized in this issue) seems to be part of a society. We know that killer whales that feed on fish (and mammals such as seals) stay with their mothers for life. We believe that this adult is his mother and his brothers, "said Hoyt .

No one knows for sure why the white whale has a different pigmentation. The captive orca in the aquarium of Canada, Chima, was suffering from Chediak-Higashi syndrome, a disease that causes partial albinism and a number of medical complications.

Scientists could eventually Iceberg biopsy, but the consensus among experts is that the whale should not be disturbed unless there is an urgent reason for conservation.

The expedition co-directed by Hoyt is the "Project Orca Far East to Russia." Scientists have been monitoring acoustic and visual signals of orcas and have published several studies on communication between whales.

The mission could help understand the complex societies of killer whales, which can live in matrilineal clans, family groups or superclanes very numerous.Another side project seeks to study and conserve the habitat of whales and dolphins in the Russian coast.

In recent years, a white humpback whale nicknamed Migaloo has attracted media attention in Australia. Other cetaceans of this color include the Arctic beluga, which is naturally white.But perhaps the most famous of all white whale is a fictional character, the sperm that led to the persecution of Captain Ahab in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.

Secrets of the Black Sea - Uncovering the Roots of Early Civilization



The Black Sea is a place of great mystery and antiquity. Ancient legends describe a time when the oceans rose above the land, causing an entire civilization to vanish beneath the cold waters of this ocean region. Could this be the great flood described in the Bible during the time of Noah?

Today scientists are beginning to discover what may have caused the oceans to rise and are developing new insights about an ancient advanced culture that existed in this mysterious part of the world.

This program presents amazing archeological evidence of ancient advanced technology and a long lost advanced civilization that flourished in the Dead Sea region before the end of the last Ice Age.

Ice Age Civilizations & Atlantis - Underwater Archeology



Scientists are now discovering at the bottom of the earth's oceans evidence of ancient advanced cultures that pre-date the last ice age. Discover the hidden secrets of a timeless mystery in this fascinating film about ancient advanced civilizations that existed thousands of years ago. Many new and amazing theories are now emerging about the origins of human civilization and Atlantis.

Submerged megalithic sites have now been discovered in many places around the world including the remains of what is believed to be the lost ancient advanced civilization of Atlantis.

One thing is certain, what you are about to see in this amazing film can only be described as miraculous. Evidence of ancient sea fairing cultures with advanced knowledge of astronomy, global mapping and complex mathematics.

Mutated Sea Life - Shrimp Without Eyes, Crabs Without Claws



Eyeless shrimp, fish with oozing sores and other mutant creatures found in the Gulf of Mexico are raising concerns over lingering effects of the BP oil spill. On April 20, 2010, an explosion aboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and spewed an estimated 4.9 million barrels into the Gulf, in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Two years later, scientists and commercial fishers alike are finding shrimp, crab and fish that they believe have been deformed by the chemicals unleashed in the spill, according to an extensive report by Al Jazeera English. "At the height of the last white shrimp season, in September, one of our friends caught 400 pounds of these," Tracy Kuhns, a commercial fisher from Barataria, La., told Al Jazeera, showing a sample of the eyeless shrimp.

'Eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills....' - Darla Rooks, Louisiana fisher Darla Rooks, another lifelong fisher from Port Sulfur, La., told the broadcaster she was seeing "eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills and others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills."

Rooks added that she had never seen such deformities in Gulf waters in her life -- a refrain common to most fishers featured in the report -- and said her seafood catch last year was "ten percent what it normally is." A survey led by the University of South Florida after the spill found that between two and five percent of fish in the Gulf now have skin lesions or sores, compared to data from before the spill, when just one-tenth of one percent of fish had any growths or sores.

Scientists blamed the mutations on the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) released from the spill's submerged oil as well as the two million gallons of the dispersant Corexit that BP used in an attempt to clean up the spill. "The dispersants used in BP's draconian experiment contain solvents, such as petroleum distillates and 2-butoxyethanol.

Solvents dissolve oil, grease, and rubber," Riki Ott, a toxicologist and marine biologist explained to Al Jazeera. "It should be no surprise that solvents are also notoriously toxic to people, something the medical community has long known." BP has maintained that Gulf seafood is safe, saying in a statement, "Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is among the most tested in the world, and, according to the FDA and NOAA, it is as safe now as it was before the accident.

" On Wednesday BP sealed an out-of-court, $7.8 billion settlement with lawyers acting on behalf of thousands of individuals and businesses affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Under the deal, the Gulf seafood industry is slated to receive over $2 billion for economic loss.

BP Destroyed Gulf Eco System and Got Away Scott Free.



This is sick what they did, they need to pay to fix the situation and make sure nothing like it happens again.

April 21, 2012

New Evidence The Gulf of Mexico is Dying.


Huge coconut crabs thrive on coral island



Vamizi Island is home to one of the world's most amazing crustaceans - the terrestrial coconut crab. Grant Brokensha spends some time filming these creatures as they interact with their smaller cousins, the hermit crabs.

Reef acts as magnet for colourful fish



The vibrant red of the tomato rockcod and the striking stripes of tiny catfish make Bass City Reef come alive for cameraman Barry Skinstad.

A family of potato bass swims up close



They might look like sluggish & slow animals, but the potato bass in this video are actually quite aggressive & territorial!

Huge manta ray stretches its 'wings' over a reef



Manta rays are the earth's largest ray species. Watch as the Earth-Touch crew dives down to swim with one of these elegant animals as it circles slowly over a beautiful coral reef.

Strange cuttlefish mating rituals



Watch as these strange-looking cuttlefish mate and lay eggs in an estuary in Mozambique.

Endangered penguins & the strangest crabs



See one of nature's most threatened penguins - the African penguin. The numbers of these endangered animals have dropped by more than 80% over the past 50 years!

Octopus VS starfish and huge hippos at sunset



A curious octopus and a starfish come face to face (04:11) in this HD video. The Earth-Touch crew also films hundreds of fiddler crabs (00:31) with their over-sized claws and a pod of huge hippos at sunset (06:00).

Stunning image of a snake at the bottom of Loch Ness


Is this the monster of Loch Ness ? Sonar shows the image of a snake at the bottom of the mysterious lake.It is one of the greatest mysteries of the deep, and legend has overcome twenty researchers from generation to generation.


Stories, pictures and rumors about the life of the monster beneath the surface of the deepest lake in Scotland date back decades.But now it is expected that this grainy image of a long "snake-like creature" can finally solve the mystery of the Loch Ness monster.

April 20, 2012

UFO Alien 32,000 Year Old Alien City Found In India

Nature's fastest sharks & amazing reef environments

The animals of Lake Malawi

Nature's recyclers feed on dung & lions on the prowl

Nature's wonders: Coral reefs



Experience the diversity of pristine coral-reef environments . From densely populated reefs to busy cleaning stations, the Earth-Touch crew encounters a variety of marine animals, including starfish, cleaner shrimp, bottlenose dolphins & a starry moray with a distinctive yellow mouth.

Nature's predators : Sharks on the hunt

Bluefin tuna: Spawning in the oil spill



The Gulf of Mexico oil spill was the worst environmental disaster in US history. Toxic oil from Deepwater Horizon threatened a range of animals - but one species was particularly at risk: the endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna.

This HD video is an urgent warning about the future of the species - which is already living dangerously close to the edge thanks to overfishing and climate change.

Endangered animals: Bluefin tuna & Asian elephants

Weekly Dive: Gray Whale Encounter & To The Arctic



Shot in Laguna Beach, California, The Weekly Dive, a One World One Ocean original series, shares the top ocean news and fun facts from the week.

April 19, 2012

Dodging Whales



A diver filming bluefin tuna is surprised by humpback whales.

Eyeless Shrimp and Mutant Fish: Gulf Seafood Deformities Alarm Scientists



Eyeless shrimp, fish with oozing sores and other mutant creatures found in the Gulf of Mexico are raising concerns over lingering effects of the BP oil spill.

On April 20, 2010, an explosion aboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and spewed an estimated 4.9 million barrels into the Gulf, in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Two years later, scientists and commercial fishers alike are finding shrimp, crab and fish that they believe have been deformed by the chemicals unleashed in the spill, according to an extensive report by Al Jazeera English.

April 18, 2012

Meet the Vampire Squid



The vampire squid can turn itself "inside out" to avoid predators. This video was released by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to emphasize the need to protect species like this in the deep oceans from the effects of human activities.

Shark Men : Tagging Silky Sharks

April 17, 2012

Ocean Expedition Series: Cocos Island - Using HD, RED & IMAX Cameras


Rare Encounter with Greenland Shark


The Rise of the Frankenfish



What would happen if a new, destructive species turned up one day in your backyard? What if that species was a major predator with an insatiable appetite that could survive in some of the world's harshest environments? And what if it was thought that this aggressive species could travel over land and through water?

Perhaps there would be attempts to eliminate this species for the greater ecological good. It's also likely that the story would be reported in frenzied tones and sensational movies would be made about the incident.

All of this and more happened when a Northern Snakehead, colloquially dubbed the Frankenfish, was found in a pond in Crofton, Maryland in 2002. The fish, which is native to China, Russia, North Korea and South Korea, was introduced to the pond after being purchased at a live fish market in New York. Predictably, the incident sparked international conversation about the nature of, and response to, invasive species in North America.

However, despite the horror stories, the Northern Snakehead has not yet had major ecological impacts on the continent. Is there truly cause for concern? Join Nick Lapointe, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology, for a discussion on the uncertain effects of the fish in North America.

Stop Frankenfish


Frankenfish: Genetically engineered salmon



Genetically engineered seeds are not breaking news; however a biotech company called AquaBounty has been working on genetically engineered salmon. The fish will be a combination of Atlantic salmon and part Ocean Pout.

Jeffrey M. Smith says that it is ridiculous to evaluate the safety of this food with no long term feeding studies six and refuses to consume this genetically engineered salmon, if approved.

April 16, 2012

Sea Mounts



Undersea mountains cause disruptions in ocean currents that create oceanic paradises on their peaks.

Amazing Octopus Color Transformation



Ever wish you could change shape and color the way the Cyanea octopus can?

Diving in the Arctic Ocean with Adam Ravetch



Arctic underwater cinematographer Adam Ravetch discusses the beauty and danger of diving in the frigid Arctic Ocean, as he does in the IMAX 3D film, TO THE ARCTIC

Glacier Collapse Caught on Video, Creates Huge Wave



Part of a glacier collapsed and generated a pretty big wave.

April 15, 2012

Immortal Sharks



Immortal Sharks: Why has the great white shark not evolved as other animals have? Leonard Nimoy hosts this look at this most ancient and primitive creature.

America's Lost Submarine



The rusted out remains of a beached submarine could be the find of a lifetime for maritime archaeologist James Delgado. A vacation along Panama's Pearl Islands led archaeologist James Delgado to an astounding discovery, the world's first working submarine, rusting on a remote beach, forgotten for over 135 years.

Delgado uncovers the mystery surrounding this maritime treasure. How did the vessel work, what killed its inventor and crew, and why did it end up here in this deserted archipelago? We also trace the amazing life of German engineer Julius Kroehl and how he invented a diving craft that was half a century ahead of its time.

The new generation of underwater robotics


The new generation of underwater robotics is the current challenge of the Office of Naval Research of the U.S. Navy. Existing unmanned systems operating in water depths are controlled by small vehicles, capable of performing tasks in just a few hours.

The Office, however, undertakes to design a device that works independently over long distances at great depths with complicated relief funds. The vehicle also be able to complete tasks to several months duration.

It is expected that the ambitious program called LDUUV (English acronym for 'The Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Large Displacement' or 'unmanned underwater vehicle travel long') is complete within 4 years.

The first stage provides for test operations in a coastal area, at a depth of no more than 30 meters. The vehicle will operate in an autonomous regime, but in difficult situations, they will contact the operator via a satellite. The next phase will consist of a 'drift' completely autonomous.

According to American specialists communicate also is developing an energy supply system for this innovative submersible.

Within three years they plan to present the power block that will allow the submarine to run for 30 days. Later that promise to offer a guarantee to the 'robot' operating period of up to 70 days. The estimated weight of the block will reach 3.5 tonnes.

It is expected that the vehicle can move and activate both stable and mobile sensors, such as carrying weapons on board, if necessary.

Will focus on patrol missions, intelligence, neutralization of mines and location of submarines and manned spacecraft over long distances. According to the Office of Naval Research, the tender to design innovation will be announced in 2014.

April 14, 2012

Celebration of the 36th International Cycle of Submarine Film at San Sebastian


More than 40 movies recorded in different seas of the world are screened at the 36th International Cycle of Submarine Film at San Sebastian, held from 10 to 14 April, with particular attention to the sharks.

Festival director, Nano Cordovilla, accompanied by his predecessor, Francisco Pizarro, and the president of Oceanographic Foundation of Gipuzkoa, Vicente Zaragüeta, said this year has prepared the "broader agenda, varied and complete" its history. In total, the festival includes 42 documentaries from Spain, Australia, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the UK.

Zubikarai presented among sharks the poster of the 36th International Cycle of Submarine Film at San Sebastian:



Sharks, rays, snakes, jellyfish, turtles, sea lions, whales and penguins share the limelight in this cycle, which includes the world premiere of Bluesceen Thailandia (Valencia), a journey of 53 minutes through the recondite Andaman Sea in the living the unusual ghost pipefish.

Besides feature films, Cordovilla highlighted the high quality and "all surprises" that hold the shorts, including some real gems like the box of chocolates signed by Leandro Blanco and Oceans emotions in a poem recited in the water.

One of the last presentations of the cycle has been Seaway, a television series filmed in nature reserves and highly protected zones of the planet, which seeks to raise awareness for the beauty viewer from offering the least accessible seabed.

Its authors, canaries Monica Gonzalez and Daniel Rodriguez, met in thirteen chapters the work done between 2006 and 2010 in places like the island of Coiba, Panama, Papua New Guinea, the islands Fixed and Sidapán Tioman, Malaysia, the Australian coral Sea, Costa Rica, Yucatan, and Palau, Micronesia.

The monsters that inhabit a drop of water



What world is this that seems inhabited by monstrous creatures that seem frightening aliens with tentacles, fangs and bulging eyes you would not want to ever have before?

While watching the video one can be afraid, actually all the beasts that appear in it are not more than a couple of millimeters and grow in a mere drop of water shot by designer and artist Austrian movement, Clemens Wirth, who used technology running through the microscope.

The 'stars' of this two-minute film, which was filmed for six months, are mostly microbes, small crustaceans and mosquito larvae, micro animals, which were captured in their natural environment: a pond, a lake and a fish tank . One of these creatures, called Volvox algae have spherical green living on Earth from 200,000 years ago.

April 11, 2012

Sea level has risen about three feet off the coast of Indonesia after the earthquake

An earthquake of 8.6 magnitude on the Richter scale was recorded off the coast of Aceh (Thailand). Although he immediately issued a tsunami warning in "across the Indian Ocean" the president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that there is "no threat of tsunami," despite which the authorities remain "on alert ". Since Indonesia's geophysics agency reported that it has detected a sea level rise of 0.8 meters to the west and north coasts of Aceh province.

The Pacific warning center said that the sea level indicates that there has been a minor tsunami
Both India and geophysics agency Observatory U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported an earthquake measuring 8.6 on the Richter scale, located, according to USGS, about 500 kilometers southwest of Banda Aceh and hypocenter of just over 30 km deep.

The earthquake was felt in Singapore, Thailand and southern India, causing panic among the population have fled their homes in search of refuge.Indonesia Geophysics Agency reported that among the aftershocks contained an earthquake of magnitude 8.8 and has announced an expansion in two hours of the tsunami warning.

Meanwhile, the U.S. seismic observatory has reported a new earthquake of 8.2, recorded at 12:43 (Spanish time) to 16 kilometers deep and 617 kilometers southwest of the capital of Aceh province Banda Aceh.

The center of the Pacific tsunami warning has been reported that data on sea level indicate that there has been a minor tsunami by the earthquake, while from the Indonesia Geophysics Agency reported that it has detected an increase sea ​​level of 0.8 meters to the west and north coasts of Aceh province.

According to Victor Sardina, a geophysicist at the Pacific warning center (based in Hawaii), there has been a wave of 17 centimeters in height, which leads to Aceh, but could not say when it will land. "It seems a major tsunami," he told Reuters.

According to the Center of Hawaii, in case you do not register the arrival of a destructive tidal wave or two hours after the initial estimates, "the authorities can result in overcoming the threat." However, the alert will remain for hours for ships and offshore installations due to strong currents.

"There is no threat of tsunami, despite which we remain on alert," said the president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on official visit and has offered his country's help if necessary.

"The situation in Aceh is under control. There have been a bit of panic, but people are able to move to the highest points," continued the president, who said he has ordered the posting to the site of a support team.

The same area in late 2004 showed a similar earthquake and tsunami that caused the death or disappearance of about 230,000 people in thirteen countries of the Indian, 170,000 of them in Aceh alone.

NASA reveals ocean eddies on perpetual motion on Earth


NASA revealed tens of thousands of ocean currents generate images of eddies in the oceans that are in perpetual motion on Earth.

The NASA Goddard, located in Maryland, United States, was based on a synthesis of numerous models based on observed data in order to create a map with the Estimation of the Distribution of Climate of the Ocean (ECCO), the first of its kind in magnitude of information, according to its creators.

The image shows the movement of a period from June 2005 to December 2007, and combined both satellite data and measures real oceanic developed by a project called MIT.

In the images scientists confirmed how great currents as the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean and the Kuroshio in the Pacific waters are warm across thousands of miles at speeds up to four miles per hour [six miles time].

In the case of coastal currents, such as Agulhas in the Southern Hemisphere, it moves the equatorial waters toward the poles of the Earth, and how thousands of other ocean currents are limited to certain regions slow moving forms and generate eddies.

To obtain the images were observed height of the sea surface, the surface topography of the ocean, satellite altimeters, the severity of recovery and reading surface wind.

We included data from the Grace mission dealing with the climate and is developed by the Air Force in Germany, studies and radiometric scanning of the space agency are incorporated japonesa.Además Argo studies assessing the state of sea ice.

"These data synthesis models are among the largest estimates of its kind ever conducted," says Space Division Jet Propulsion NASA JPL, located in California.

"They are made possible by the computing resources of high quality provided by the Research Center NASA Ames in Moffett Field, California.

Latest sea dives to see the "Titanic" at 3,600 meters below sea level in the North Atlantic.


For Titanic enthusiasts this is the last chance they have to take a look at cruising on his final resting place, 100 years after his tragic end.In early July, a series of expeditions undertaken by experts in marine diving Deep Ocean Expeditions (DOE), will take tourists to the wreck site, at 3,600 meters below sea level in the North Atlantic.

The British company has made trips to the Titanic in 1998, but the expedition leader, Rob McCallum, says these could be the last trip.Currently there are no other organizations that offer commercial tours to the Titanic, which means it would also be the last trips available for the general public.

"In fact we ended the dives to the Titanic in 2005 but this will be the centenary year and we have received many requests to make the trip, so we decided to do it again," said McCallum.

"Now that the last survivor died, I think it's time to move on (...) we are down to the Titanic on 197 occasions and it is time to do more," he adds.

In Deep Ocean Expedition (DOE) and we have three separate trips fully booked, they will leave Saint Johns, Newfoundland, and will lead to 20 travelers on board, each for 12 days.

To get to the dive site takes a half day of sailing and once they are there, give classes for travelers who can face the rigors of the open sea.Then, a submersible Mir, Russian Academy of Sciences, one of the most advanced technology vehicles to reach such depths, make a series of visits to the wreck.

"The dives last between 10 and 12 hours," says McCallum. "It takes two hours to come down to two hours to climb, leaving (at least) 6 hours to explore the surroundings," he adds.
Travelers can explore the outer parts of the bow and stern sections of the vessel fractured, located approximately 1.2 kilometers from each other, deep-sea and the sanctum of the ship, "said McCallum.

"It's an emotional experience. It's a big boat. There is something majestic in the Titanic. It was the pinnacle of human engineering feat of the time, "he adds.

Although heavily involved in organizing and planning the trip for DOE, McCallum has only been down once the Titanic.He says: "With a cost of $ 59.000 per person, making the expedition is a unique opportunity in life for many people."Still, despite the high cost not only the super people on board, continues McCallum.

He claims that there are many people who are enthusiastic middle-income or have a historical relationship with the boat and saving for years to make the trip.

"A passion leads them," said McCallum. "Sometimes it's a relationship with the Titanic, with someone who was on board or with the construction and operation of the ship."

"Other times, they are people in the engineering industry generally is not interested in the wreck but was interested to see what lies beyond the sea surface," he adds.

"No matter the reason, almost everyone who makes the trip experience humility," continues McCallum. "For them, see the Titanic and explore is the culmination of a dream."

Barring another company with a viable plan to continue business travel, McCallum believes that it is unlikely that future generations can appreciate the curiosities of the Titanic first hand."If someone tries it, I wish you good luck," says McCallum.

He concludes: "Unless you are really involved in underwater explorations, I think ... it would be too much for a challenge.

April 10, 2012

Marine Undiscovered life captured in Fiordland, NZ



Undersea environments teaming with previously undiscovered life has been captured on film in Fiordland.Niwa and Environment Southland recently used a remote-operated robot vehicle to film footage of undersea sills in Dusky and Doubtful Sounds.

They discovered an array of thriving marine life, including rare and protected red coral, rock lobster and dense schools of fish.Ken Grange, Nelson regional manager for Niwa, said the mission had uncovered new species of sea pens, corals, sea squirts and sea cucumbers and previously undescribed habitats.

"The scientists were surprised with what is down there. It's pretty amazing.

"We know that the fiords are globally unique and have some of the highest marine diversity in New Zealand, but the discovery of these sill communities was outstanding. We can't wait to get back and survey more of them."

Mr Grange said the footage showed the danger a booming cruise ship industry could pose to the marine environment of Fiordland.

This year, 87 cruise ships are set to travel through Fiordland and next year the number is set to rise to 90.A few of those drop anchor near the sills where significant wildlife has been discovered, Mr Grange said.

Some of the areas currently marked as safe to for the cruise ships to anchor would need to be changed, he said.

April 9, 2012

Exploring the wreckage of the Titanic



Author Fran Capo talks about exploring the shipwrecked Titanic from a submersible in 2005.

Titanic 100: New CGI of How Titanic Sank



James Cameron and his team pull together a new CGI of how they believe the TItanic sank and reached the ocean floor.

Titanic 100: The Banana Theory:-Cameron On Camera Discussion



James Cameron discusses how breaking a banana in half is the perfect analogy to describe how the Titanic broke apart.

April 7, 2012

Whales on the move & the biggest fish on earth



Check out the ocean's biggest animals: whales on the move & a 6-metre whale shark (05:18) - the biggest fish on earth! The Earth-Touch crew also explores amazing reef environments - see a friendly potato bass, sharks, stingrays & a lurking eel.

Animals congregate on Mozambique reef



Marine animals of all shapes & sizes gather in a beautiful coral-reef environment

Fish gather for a plankton feast & moray eels up close



See nature's amazing underwater environments in this HD video. The Earth-Touch crew films a goatfish in gloomy waters (00:34), masses of fish feeding on nutrient-rich plankton (02:30) & an amazing reef environment that's home to some diverse creatures, including several resident moray eels (06:55).

Dolphins and false killer whales head after sardines



Larger marine species head south in search of early sardine shoals, but none of the migrating fish have been sighted as yet

Underwater treasure hunt in Mozambique

Eyeball to eyeball with a great white shark

Gannets steal the shoal



As the sun broke the horizon, the diving gannets increased in intensity and large numbers of common dolphins joined the feast.

The weird world of the sea urchin



From scary-looking spines to bizarre tube feet, sea urchins are some of the ocean's strangest animals.

Dolphins appear out of the blue

Clownfish at home in a red anemone



A rare red anemone, a pufferfish and an array of less common marine species gather on the Three Sisters Reef in Mozambique.

An octopus the size of your thumb & strange underwater creatures



It's the tiniest octopus the Earth-Touch crews have seen - about the size of a thumb but perfectly formed (02:56)! Also check out strange & interesting underwater animals like urchins, brittle stars (01:34) and rays.

Saving the Titanic on the ocean floor


April 5, 2012

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Stingray courts potential mate



A stingray leads the way through the colourful outcrops of a coral reef and a brief courtship ritual plays out when a male stingray spots a potential mate.

April 3, 2012

April 2, 2012

Richard Branson will explore the Puerto Rico Trench


Virgin founder Richard Branson will explore the Puerto Rico Trench, the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean with 8,800 feet below sea level, as reported by the tycoon in his blog.

Thus, emulate film director James Cameron, who last week immersed in the Mariana Trench, reaching the deepest point of ocean on Earth. Branson has been "excited" to carry out this new project and to secure "the deepest point of the Atlantic," which, as noted "has the same depth as high is Mount Everest."

For Branson, experience "will be even more exciting than Cameron" because the Puerto Rico Trench "has not been fully explored and there are numerous Spanish galleons and British who have been there." Similarly, he pointed out he expects to see "large creatures" in the area.

The adventure of the founder of Virgin Group will take about four months, compared to the hours-long experience of Cameron. In this sense, Branson has told 'Daily Thelegrah' that "in such a short trip" as the film director "can not explore or move much."

"We know that there are gigantic animals in Puerto Rico Trench, with the time that this research we can find a way to find the formula to identify and call other sub to shoot," he noted.

Asked about a possible "jealousy" to the director of Titanic, Branson said that "never wanted to dive into the Marianas Trench" but had always raised his adventure in the Atlantic. It has also indicated that the feat of his "good friend" Cameron was "obviously very historic one day and an important day, plus a fantastic example of human endeavor and determination."

Still, he has indicated he doubts that in the Mariana Trench the landscape is as barren as described by Cameron. In his view, there are many forms of life but became "scared" to see the "great lights" of the submarine used for the mission. "Nothing great was going to move a mile away with those lights," he pointed tycoon.

The Puerto Rico Trench is on the boundary between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The trench is associated with a complex transition in the subduction zone south of the Lesser Antilles and the plate that extends westward from Cuba and the island of Spanish to the Cayman Trench and the Central American coast. Scientific studies in the area have concluded that an earthquake on this fault could cause a tsunami.

Branson and Cameron are not the only millionaires starting ventures of this type. Last week, it made public the news of the discovery of the Apollo 11 rocket motors at the bottom of the Atlantic. Following this discovery is the founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.

In addition, the president of Intentional Software Corporation, Charles Simonyi, embarked on two trips 'tourism' to the International Space Station (ISS), the last in 2009. But it is the only moguls Mark Shuttleworth, Dennis Tito and Richard Garriott, among others, have also managed to travel to space module with the company 'Space Adventures'.

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