A giant octopus constructed of rebar and mesh has been sunk to the bottom of the sea off the coast of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands as part of Project YOKO, the world’s largest underwater art installation and marine life habitat. It will be open to divers for a small fee, raising funds for research into the area’s coral reefs.
A new study on Palmyra Atoll by scientists at UC Santa Barbara and Florida International University found that human interaction–or diving–with sharks does not have long-term impact on shark behavior. This means that regulated shark diving tourism doesn’t clash with shark conservation goals.
The study used baited remote underwater video systems–cameras lowered to the ocean floor with a small amount of bait–to survey sharks and other predators from the surrounding reef.
Photo Credit: Reef sharks on Palmyra Atoll inspect the baited remote underwater video system. (Photo Credit: Darcy Bradley)
A 6,000-ton, 371-ft. former cargo vessel has been sunk to create an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico 67 mi. off the Galveston coast. Matrix New World Engineering helped the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Artificial Reef Program ensure that the cargo ship Kraken was free of environmental hazards and safe to support coral, fish, sea turtles and other aquatic life.
The Kraken’s new resting place is near the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a triad of coral reef systems popular with divers and fishermen, about 100 mi. off the Gulf Coast.
Funding for the project came from donations and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill natural resource damage settlement.
Unique Group, an integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, is investing almost €2 million in an innovative healthcare division to bring its 25 years of expertise in hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) chambers to new markets.
The new division, Unique Medical Technology, will be headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and serve the healthcare market across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The new business will initially focus on the production of HBOT chambers with integrated critical care monitoring equipment and provide specialist training in the use of the technology.
Caption: An HBOT chamber. (Image Credit: Unique Group)