the few times I’ve gone snorkelling this is the most intensely scary but amazing thing about it, the bit where the reef ends and it suddenly just drops off and you cant see the bottom or what’s down there, and you swim over the edge and suddenly your in open water, and you feel so vulnerable like you’re a fish that lives on the reef, and you finally understand finding nemo
Five species likely to become extinct in the next 40 years
Rabb’s Fringe-Limbed Treefrog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) -Estimated number in wild: One. - The big-footed frogs have been devastated by a fungal disease that swept into the area in 2006. Scientists know of only one in the wild, identified by its call. Some live in captivity but have not bred.
Ploughshare Tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) - Estimated number in the wild: 400 -Confined to five small, unconnected areas, the tortoises are “nearly certain to go extinct within the next 30 years,” according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. A fragmented habitat limits breeding, and poachers take them for the illegal pet trade.
Hirola (Damaliscus hunteri) - Estimated number in wild: 600 - The population has steadily declined because of disease, drought and predators. Cattle farmers have taken over much of the antelope’s habitat, and poaching continues in both countries.
Baiji (Lipotes vexillifer)- Estimated number in wild: Unknown. - Scientists declared the dolphin extinct in 2006 after a survey of the Yangtze River failed to yield a single one, but there has since been an unconfirmed sighting. Dams and water pollution have eliminated or damaged the animal’s habitat.
The Cat Ba Langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus) - Estimated number in wild: 59 - They are hunted for “monkey balm,” a traditional medicine. Most surviving langurs are females in isolated groups with little access to males.
Russian meteor blast injures at least 1,000 people.
By Phil Black, Boriana MilanovaandLaura Smith-Spark, CNN
A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia’s Urals region Friday morning before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left about 1,000 people hurt, authorities said.
Described by NASA as a “tiny asteroid,” the meteor’s explosion created a blast in central Russia equivalent to 300,000 tons of TNT, the space agency’s officials said Friday, adding that the incident was a once-in-100-years event.
The injured included more than 200 children. Most of those hurt are in the Chelyabinsk region, though the vast majority of injuries are not thought to be serious.
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