Startling images reveal devastating coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef
Startling images have emerged of the devastating coral bleaching unfolding across parts of the Great Barrier Reef, as the marine park authority overseeing the prized environmental icon raised its response to the highest level possible.

It is very hot down under, and the combination of climate change and El Nino is devastating for the corals along the Great Barrier Reef. This is so heartbreaking. This has prompted the government to implement its highest response level (level three) to help tackle the crisis.

(Photo source)

A level three response means stepped-up surveys to better understand and tackle threats to the reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is comprised of about 3,000 reefs and 900 islands, stretching 2,000km along Australia’s northeast coast. It is considered the world’s largest living structure. The Australian economy is highly dependent on the reef, as more than $3bn is generated each year from the reef’s tourism industry.

(Photo source: XL Catlin Seaview Survey)

If you want to learn more about coral bleaching, you can check out this article I wrote on the topic a few months ago, where I was discussing coral bleaching in the Caribbean waters following a really hot episode in the summer of 2014.

Mexico’s National Protected Natural Areas Commission (CONANP) , has reported the sighting of an albino gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) in waters of the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve that was last spotted by Mexican authorities more than five years ago when it was still a calf. 

This whale was first observed during the 2008 season - 2009 as a juvenile with characteristics of albinism which gave it its name Gallon of Milk. Recently, it was observed again in the area known as Alambre Island in the Laguna Ojo de Liebre, accompanied by a completely gray breeding, so surely “gallon of milk” is mom for the first time.

Gray whale populations were also decimated by commercial whaling. At present, their groups thrive in waters on the Pacific Ocean’s eastern and western sides, believed to be separated from each other.

The French quasi-battleship Dunkerque, lead ship of her class of two, photographed in 1937. She was built in response to German naval expansion under the newly elected Nazi Party, specifically their ‘pocket battleships’, such as Admiral Graf Spee. They were indeed very capable ships and despite the unusual layout of all heavy guns forward of the superstructure, they were rather beautiful too. 

Dunkerque was badly damaged by HMS Hood at Mers-el-Kébir on 3 July 1940; hit four times in rapid succession by 15″ shells. She was run aground to prevent sinking. Not content with that result the British returned, using torpedo bombers to avoid civilian casualties on the shoreline. One torpedo hit a vessel moored alongside her which had on board fourteen depth charges with a combined explosive power of 1,400 kg of TNT. The explosion tore through the hull of Dunkerque and she spent over a year undergoing temporary repairs before heading back to Toulon, where she was again bombed. Her hull was finally scrapped in the mid 1950s.


Alrighty. So I messed around with the ISO, macro, etc a bit on my phone and was able to come up with some much better photos. I think my real problem here is lighting. I need a third lamp and a whole heap of diffusion gel to help with taking pictures of my minis. Also, a tripod or something to prop my camera/phone up against would be ideal so that I can leave a timer on and get awesome focus.

Anyway, here’s a larger portion of my DA. Note, I gave the lot of them tufts of grass ‘cause…. just 'cause… It’s cool. I like it. DON’T JUDGE ME!

Keep it real hobbyists!

Corals reefs suffering from severe underwater heat wave
Corals reefs are suffering a severe underwater heat wave this year for the third time on record, including a mysterious warm patch in the Pacific known as 'The Blob', scientists say.

Let’s talk about the current stress in the ocean world - regardless of human involvement (Although, human society only accelerates the process )


Cluster of great white sharks has Monterey Bay scientists in awe
An unprecedented gathering of baby great white sharks near the Monterey Bay shoreline this week has scientists as curious as the public about what happens next. The arrival of more sharks, perhaps even the giant great whites on the tails of these smaller ones? Or their departure from local beaches to the sites of large elephant seal populations for feeding? Most of the sharks are 8- to 12-foot juveniles, part of a rookery that has been displaced north by the gathering strength of an El Niño, said Sean Van Sommeran, executive director of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation. “It’s the same process of dynamics and water currents that has driven sea lions north,” Van Sommeran said. No record exists of such a gathering in Monterey Bay or Bay Area coastal waters, though, perhaps as a prelude, a great white shark was verified inside Monterey harbor last year, Van Sommeran said. Rangers have since posted a shark warning sign at the kiosk near the park’s campground. A week after the first en masse sighting, a great white swam under a kayak Tuesday — and the paddler, a marine biologist out to see the sharks, snapped a series of photos unlike anything ever seen on the Central Coast. “I was just off the cement ship (the ruins of the Palo Alto, just off Seacliff State Beach) when this 8-foot great white shark swam right under my kayak,” said Giancarlo Thomae, who works as an interpretive specialist for a whale watching operation.

Santa Ana, California on August 3, 1965 by highway worker Rex Heflin  using his Polaroid camera. This object supposedly flew over the Marine Corps El Toro Air Station in broad daylight, but no one else saw it. Distant objects are hazy because of the LA smog, while the UFO is not. Some suggest this is because it is small dust that was close to the camera