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09Feb 20
Broken Record: American Explorer Dives Deep

Broken record: American explorer dives deep

In May 2019, American explorer Victor Vescovo and his team completed the deepest-ever ocean dive—35,849 feet below the surface. Descending in a submersible to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, Vescovo identified new species of shrimp-like creatures called amphipods, collected rock samples, and found plastic pollution on the…

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18Jun 19
See Worthy: The Gentle Giant That Inspired Mermaid Lore

See worthy: The gentle giant that inspired mermaid lore

Looking for a magical marine experience? You can snorkel or dive to see a dugong—or “lady of the sea”—in two key places in the world. This gentle plant eater, said to have inspired mermaid myths, can be spotted from March to early June in the clear waters near Calauit Island…

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12Sep 18
Scientists Discover Giant Deep-sea Coral Reef

Scientists discover giant deep-sea coral reef

Scientists on board the research ship Atlantis made an exciting discovery in August 2018. About 160 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, they found a coral reef no one had ever seen before. Located a half-mile below the ocean’s surface, the reef is about 85 miles long. Live…

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