- China Takes Shark Fin Off Menu for Government Functions
- Canadian Human-Powered Submersible Sets Speed Record
- Australian Whale Watchers Get Real Treat
Conservationists in China are rejoicing as officials announced that within 3 years, shark fin will no longer be available on the menu of various government functions. The decision was made as part of a joint effort to conserve shark populations and reduce government spending on delicacies like shark fin. The state media of China itself reports that 95 percent of the annual shark fin harvest is consumed in major metro areas, such as Hong Kong and Taiwan. The local population will not be affected by the future ban, only events for government officials.
A group of university students in Montreal, Quebec have set a new speed record with a pedal-powered submersible of their design, at a top speed of 7 knots (8.09 mph). The pilot operates the submersible in SCUBA gear so he can breathe, and pedals the vehicle through the water. Although similar to a bicycle in theory, the pilot’s feet must be strapped to the pedals to make up for a lack of gravity or momentum that would ordinarily keep the user on the bicycle.
Whale-watching hopefuls on a tour boat off Australia’s eastern shoreline got more than they bargained for as they witnessed a pod of humpback whales intersect with a pod of dolphins, producing amazing results: