Coral reefs are essential both to humans and marine species. According to the World Wildlife Fund, coral reefs serve as nurseries and shelters to almost a quarter of our ocean’s fish—a vital source of food and income for people. Additionally, they help break waves when hurricanes and tsunamis occur; thus, preventing floods and coastal erosion. These are just some of the benefits we reap from coral reefs; however, due to our reckless and exploitative practices, we are also responsible for their destruction.
On Tuesday, a diving instructor named Scott Prodahl decided to investigate when he noticed that the Pullmantur Zenith cruise ship anchored near an ancient coral reef off the Cayman Islands.
Prodahl dove and saw that the Zenith’s anchor and chain lay across the reef. And as it moved, it broke sections of the reef and damaged the sea sponges.
The diving instructor said that the Department of Environment was notified about the incident, but the officials can’t do anything about it since the area was a designated anchorage zone and the huge cruise liner was permitted to drop its anchor there.
In the video, which Prodahl took an hour after the anchor was dropped, we can see the extent of the damage caused by the 12-deck liner’s chain and anchor to the coral reef. Prodahl said that he “can’t imagine what it looks like now.”
It is “another sad day for the reefs of the Grand Cayman,” Prodahl said.
Although officials said that the Zenith did not violate any rules when they anchored in George Town’s harbour, do you think there’s a way that the incident could have been avoided?
Watch the video and tell us what you think.
“Bottled Air” Sold Out in China Due to Extreme Smog Crisis
In China, breathing fresh air is no longer free! You have to buy “bottled air”!
For most of us, breathing air is still one of the free privileges we can enjoy, especially if we are living in the countryside. But in some parts of China such as Beijing, breathing fresh, clean air now literally comes with a price.
Some places in China are suffering from an extremely thick blanket of smog (a combination of smoke and fog). Beijing reported a red level alert for its smog crisis on December 8, and then Shanghai reporting the same last December 15, 2015.
A man in Beijing wearing teargas mask as protection from the hazardous thick smog.
Miracle Baby Born From World’s Oldest Frozen Sperm
The specimen was frozen at a sperm bank for 23 years before it was used to conceive a cancer survivor’s son.
The frozen sperm used for the conception of a baby boy named Xavier Powell has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest viable specimen. The Mirror has noted that "there is technically limit on how long sperm should be stored for but it is usually between seven and 10 years." Well, this record goes way beyond that.
But there's actually more to the story than what people may think. It's not just a breakthrough in science — it's more like a miracle.
In 1992, a 15-year-old Australian named Alex Powell was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was advised to undergo chemotherapy. However, doctors said that while the treatment would get rid of cancer cells, it could also render him sterile....
Underwater Hotel Receives Patent Approval. A Fully-Operational Prototype is Underway
Sleep in a luxury hotel that is submerged 30 feet below the ocean’s surface.
Does the idea of an underwater hotel excite you? If you’re up to sleeping in a room with a full view of various, remarkable sea creatures, then get ready to pack your suitcase soon and book a reservation because Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel has recently received patent and trademark approval for its revolutionary design.
Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel is a new submarine hotel that will lie 28 feet below the surface of the ocean. Based on the patented design, an elevator from the surface will bring the guests down a room of at least 18 ft by 12 ft in size. And like most luxury hotels, it will have a king bed, a refrigerator, a bathroom, a living room area with entertainment space, air conditioning, and yes, internet access.