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A young girl is diving with her boyfriend, a new location for them to explore. Off to the left she sees something move, but when she turns to look it has gone. A large fish, perhaps. Moving slowly in the direction of the 'fish' she spies a large shell. She picks it up and swims over to her boyfriend to show him her treasure.
Looks like a certain mermaid isn't going to be able to read the news today. For the rest of us, the News Shell has arrived.
Recently, we have found that robots love the water. This is not how it used to be. As a recent CNET article explains, underwater Coral-bots are being used to repair some of the world's dying reefs.
"Coral-bots are a team of robots that intelligently navigate across a damaged coral reef, transplanting pieces of healthy corals along the way."
Check out the whole story in this article by Michelle Starr on Crave, the gadget blog from CNET Australia.
Once again, our dolphin friends have come to the aid of land creatures that have found themselves in rough waters. Take a look at this article by Salvatore Cardoni about a dolphin pod that saves a policewoman and her dog from drowning.
This article on TakePart also contains a video in which Lynn Gitsham explains how she and her pet were saved by the dolphins.
Looking for some new creatures to invite into your nightmares? Tired of vampires and werewolves? Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headley are ready to help, with a collection of tales entitled Unnatural Creatures.
In an article on tor.com, Karin L. Kross explains that vampires, werewolves, and mermaids have "obscured the stranger and subtler pleasures of griffins, unicorns, and even weirder chimerae and unspeakable things with no names." Ms. Kross calls Unnatural Creatures, "an excellent anthology."
We have solved your summer poolside reading list! Unnatural Creatures is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The subsequent nightmares are free.
Shaking for Science
If you were to shake a soda can, you would expect a mess when you opened it. What if you were to do the same underwater, and by underwater I mean in a pressurized habitat under the sea?
Find the answer in an article by Chris Higgins at Mental Floss. The article contains a video of undersea dweller Chris Hadfield shaking up a Coke can in the name of science.
Best wishes and starfishes,
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com