- 40 Artificial Reefs Sunk Off Florida Coastline
- New Zealand Navy Discovers 10K Square Mile Floating Pumice Island
- Tuna Fisherman Catches Incredible Dolphin Footage With GoPro Camera
Panama City Beach, FL received a new installment of 40 artificial reef structures in the Gulf of Mexico to help promote reef life in the area and encouraging fisheries and tourism to flourish. Each structure, comprised of stone and concrete, weighs 4,000 lbs, and will attract valuable species like grouper and snapper as well as other bait fish. The reef structures were built with a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and each structure will last approximately 20 years before needing repairs or replacement. There are another 230 structures in development for future placement in Bay County, FL.
A New Zealand Royal Navy pilot was on a routine flight recently when he noticed a very peculiar anomaly in the ocean’s surface that turned out to be a 10,000 square mile island of pumice floating in the South Pacific. A ship was deployed to investigate, and indeed found exactly what the pilot had described. Scientists are currently investigating where the pumice island came from, but the Royal Navy indicated that perhaps its origin was Monowai, an underwater volcano. Despite the sheer mass of the island, the pumice caused no damage to the Navy vessels sailing through it, and is more of a curiosity than a problem.
A tuna fisherman caught more than he set out for when, just after reeling in two fine tuna specimens, a pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins suddenly appeared on the scene to have a look at what the fishermen were up to. He ran to get his GoPro inside a custom housing that minimizes camera shake and distortion, and quickly plunged it into the water, catching this wonderful footage of the friendly mammals: