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Scuba diver stumbles upon very odd ocean creature1m09s

Scuba diver stumbles upon very odd ocean creature

What kind of a lazy bones lays motionless in the sand? No this is not pertaining to a lazy vacationer after a night of too much fun! After cruising from Miami Florida aboard the Norwegian Getaway cruise liner, Brent and his wife Elsa had plans for scuba diving on the Island of Roatan. Roatan is approximately 40 miles off the northeast coast of the country of Honduras. Being a fairly small coral reef island of 48 miles long and 5 miles wide it’s main source for income is tourism. Well known for scuba diving and snorkeling there are many locations throughout the island to take in the beautiful waters and sea life. Located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), Roatán has become an important cruise ship, scuba diving and eco-tourism destination in Honduras. The diving company that Brent had booked with was located in Westbay, a short drive from the cruise ship port of Coxed Hole. Coxen Hole is also the capital of Roatán municipality. After a short meet and greet with the dive guide Vero from Roatán Divers, Brent, Elsa and Vero were off to their first dive site called Punchers Paradise aboard a very speedy panga boat. Five minutes with wind in their hair and then Vero was tying up the boat to an anchor rope. Into the crystal clear Caribbean water the three divers plunged. Descending to the bottom so they could all meet up after settling in, Brent checked his dive computer which showed his depth of 55 feet, and water temperatures of 82° F. Once together Elsa and Brent ventured along the beautiful sandy bottom looking for small creatures. Being one of the largest coral reefs in the world, this location was filled with small and large coral heads (structures) raising out of the sandy bottom. Thousands of beautiful tropical fish like we have seen in the footage of the famous Jacques Cousteau filled every crevice of these coral structures. Moving slowly along, Brent spotted a very strange fish in the distance. Brightly colored, it stood out very well. Approaching slowly, Brent noticed it had a strange looking head, or was it upside down? Descending onto the sandy floor, Brent could see this fish was staring right back at him and not moving a muscle. Identifying this little guy of about a foot long, Brent now knew it was a remora. These fish attach themselves to larger fish, turtles, rays, and sharks to scavenge food scraps from their larger “free ride”. The suction cup looking section on the top of the remora’s head is his ticket to a free ride. What a beautiful but strange looking creature when not attached to his free ride. Why was he just laying on the bottom motionless? Was he sick? Was he waiting for a new “ride” to come along? Most likely that is exactly what this beautiful remora was doing. Waiting for a new ride to show up so he could continue his duties as a “cleaner fish” and enjoy a life of just “hanging around”.

Sea turtle casually swims through group of scuba divers27s

Sea turtle casually swims through group of scuba divers

Pacific green sea turtles are a frequent enough sight in the waters around the Galapagos Islands. But getting a close look is a treat that doesn't happen every day. Shy and reclusive, they will move away from divers unless the approach is extremely slow and cautious. It is very unusual to have a sea turtle approach a human, as this one did. Whether it was indifference, or curiosity, the turtle headed straight for the divers and swam through the group. This is a remote area, Known as Kicker Rock, off the coast of San Cristobal Island. Although the turtle has undoubtedly seen people underwater before, diving and tourism is heavily regulated and very limited in the Galapagos Islands, and this turtle would not likely have seen humans often. Expectations for proper behavior here are extremely high and it is almost certain that the turtles enjoy more respectful and predictable interactions on those rare occasions where they do meet people close up. Gone are the days when people would hang onto sea turtles for pictures, or for rides, especially in this protected area. In fact, the waters around the Galapagos Islands make up the world's second largest protected marine sanctuary. Scuba divers here appreciate the privilege of being allowed to enter and the guides are strict. People who don't obey the rules with respect to the wildlife find that their scuba diving or their visits promptly come to an end. This turtle is a fully grown, mature female. They look identical to male green sea turtles except for three obvious differences. The male has a slightly larger head than the female. His tail is also much larger. The tail of this female is less than 1/4 the size of a similarly sized male's tail. A third, but less obvious difference is the presence of small white hooks on the leading edge of the front fins, approximately halfway out from the body. These hooks help the males hang onto the females during courtship and mating encounters. As this turtle calmly swam through the divers, it swam directly in front of the camera and provided us with a beautiful view of it swimming gracefully out into the blue ocean.

Angry bird in slow motion: cockatoo is furious 44s

Angry bird in slow motion: cockatoo is furious

I called Boo back into the aviary with me, and he came running and angrily screaming. He was pissed off! I had just yelled at him for pulling my friends' macaws' tails and he does NOT like to be told NO! He totally sounds like a little angry dinosaur :-P I accidentally had my phone on slow motion :P

Cutest pets: black cockatoo plays with a goffins on a cockatoo play date 5m01s

Cutest pets: black cockatoo plays with a goffins on a cockatoo play date

Yesterday I skipped out on Wordpress seminars to have a play date with my goffins cockatoo Boo. It's been a while since Boo last saw his black palm cockatoo friend, and he was so excited. They played together on the floor and shared toys. Every time the black cockatoo turned her back on him, Boo would pull her tail so that she'd give him attention. It was so cute! I edited this in iMovie with the canned music.

Student Protesters Throw Stones at Police in Toulouse1m30s

Student Protesters Throw Stones at Police in Toulouse

Student protesters in Toulouse, France, took to the streets for the fourth day in a row on Thursday, December 6, violently clashing with police. According to France Bleu, between 2,000 and 3,000 students initially gathered at Université Jean-Jaurès to protest change to the Baccalauréat on Thursday. Violence began when a portion of those assembled marched towards Saint Cyprien, near the city center. As they marched, protesters smashed bus stops, set fires, and threw rocks at police, Toulouse’s Dépêche du Midi reported. On several occasions, security forces fired tear gas into the crowds to attempt to control and disperse them. Footage captured on Thursday shows a protesters launching rocks near the city center and security forces launching tear gas on the Pont Neuf. One officer lobbed gas canisters up a set of stairs. At least 1000 protesters were reported present. Toulouse Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc condemned the violence, saying today’s protesters arrived with the sole goal of causing chaos. Credit: Brice VIdal via Storyful