- Weedy Sea Dragons Born at Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Last Piece of Japanese Dock on Oregon Coast Removed
- Big Game Spearfishing Amid Hungry Sharks
California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium is the proud godmother of a brood of weedy sea dragon babies, and the 5th aquarium in North America to accomplish such a feat. More than 80 young sea dragons began to hatch on July 22, with the final spawn emerging on August 2. The male sea dragon, who carries the young as they develop, was on display as usual in the aquarium’s “Secret Life of Seahorses” exhibit, offering visitors a one-of-a-kind experience during the live birth. The young are housed in smaller aquariums behind the scenes for the time being while they receive expert care to ensure they continue to develop normally. Though there are significant challenges to raising the young of these delicate creatures in captivity, the fact that they are reproducing is encouraging to scientists working with them, as it shows they are doing well at simulating the sea dragon’s natural environment.
The final pieces of a 66-foot concrete dock from Japan’s tsunami wreckage have finally been hauled away, after washing up on the shores of Oregon more than two months ago. The dock was a source of concern for several reasons, one being the removal of such a large structure, another focused on the marine specimens that came with the dock that could possibly become invasive species. After tests determined that most of the species on the dock were dead, the surface was scraped and prepared for dismantling. A series of problems with equipment and logistics posed challenges along the way, but at last the entire structure has been transported to a salvage yard in Sherwood, OR where it will be stripped of its steel, and recycled into gravel and concrete. Agate Beach, the location of the dock in Newport, experienced a little tourism boom with tens of thousands of curious visitors to the Japanese structure.
Photographer Jon Schwartz caught some incredible footage of a group of freediving big game spearfishermen going after the ultimate in big game: bluefin tuna. But they’re not the only ones with their eye on the prize — check out who else shows up: