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Minnesota Science Group Unveils the Mysteries of Sponges

Porous, amorphous, and harmless, sponges have been an integral part of Earth’s evolutionary system since their primordial beginnings hundreds of millions of years ago. Despite popular understanding, not all sponges are bound to pineapples under the tropical sea: from polar climes to brackish junctions to enclosed freshwater environments, sponges have spread throughout the entire globe. Freshwater types make up nearly 240 known species with 31 of these residing in North America; and a closer look reveals five types within Minnesota’s waterways. Monitoring, categorizing, and testing these specimens is the Minnesota Freshwater Sponge Project, which in recent months, has had great success confirming valuable findings of the past – and may be on to new discoveries in the future.

Port Hardy: Between Civilization and Wilderness

Port Hardy, on the northern  tip of Vancouver Island, borders the civilized world and the natural world. The town, named after Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, former captain of H.M.S. Victory, is the last bastion of civilization where urban wilderness meets nature of the first kind on the North Island. With a thriving population between 4,200 and 4,500 residents, this turn-of-century townsite is the largest community in the region boasting a bustling terminal for B.C. Ferries’ service to several remote communities along the breathtaking Inside Passage and Discovery Coast Passage sailing routes to Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Visitors can also travel up the scenic Sunshine Coast to Powell River and travel by ferry to Comox, just a 3.5 hour drive from Port Hardy. Port Hardy is the closest commercial Airport providing flights to Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and many coastal communities.

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AES SCUBA Program Inspires The Next Generation of Divers

Citrus County, Florida is well recognized in the scuba diving world for its strong, driven community, which has fervently promoted good environmental stewardship and...

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A week after the Dive Into History event, the History of Diving Museum will host a festivity centered on vintage scuba equipment and the progression of diving technology throughout the decades. Certification agency NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) Worldwide has partnered with the museum, and will present over 20 sets of refurbished double hose regulators in controlled settings.

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