World champion surfer battles shark on live TV in South African competition

Australian professional surfer and triple world champion Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark during a competition in South Africa on Sunday. The dangerous incursion, said to be “the first in professional surfing history,” was broadcast live on TV.
The shark – described as a “big tiger shark” by the event’s live commentators, approached Fanning from behind as he was sitting on his board in the waters of Jeffreys Bay (also known as J-Bay) getting ready to compete.

In the broadcast, the shark could be seen launching itself at the surfer, known by the nickname “White Lightning,” who then disappeared from his board. After that, only huge splashes of water were visible to viewers. Assisting jet skis rushed to the spot where the struggle was taking place.

“There were two sharks apparently... the horn blasted,” World Surf League (WSL) Deputy Commissioner Renato Hickel said, adding that “this is the first time in professional surfing history, no one has experienced a situation like that.”

“That’s one of the dangers of professional surfing,” the event’s commentators could be heard saying, adding that they were happy to see the champion come out of the ordeal “in one piece.”
Describing the attack afterwards, Fanning – who luckily escaped without injury - said the shark “punched me in the back.”

“I was just about to start moving and then I felt something grab [and] get stuck in my leg rope. And I instantly just jumped away and it just kept coming at my board. I started kicking and screaming,” he said on board the safety boat, adding that he “didn’t see the teeth,” but had seen the shark’s fin.

 “I was waiting for the teeth to come at me as I was swimming,” he said. The three-time world champion later admitted that he would be “happy to not even compete ever again.”

Another Australian surfer, Julian Wilson, who was competing against Fanning in the world title battle, immediately paddled to his opponent’s aid on seeing the attack.

 “It [the shark] came up and he was wrestling it, and I saw he got knocked off his board,” Wilson said, adding that he was desperate to do what he could to safe his fellow surfer. “I was like – I’ve got a board, if I can get there I can stab it or whatever, I’ve got a weapon,” he emotionally recounted after both surfers were safe on the beach.

The unprecedented attack happened during the final of the Association of Surfing Professionals’ J-Bay Open event in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Sunday was the final day of the competition, in which 36 surfers took part. Fanning’s struggle to survive the “terrifying situation” was called “nothing short of heroic” by WSL. The organizers decided to call off the final, with the surfers to split the prizemoney.

Source: RT



Huge and ancient underwater volcanoes discovered off coast of Sydney

Scientists searching for lobster larvae on Investigator research vessel instead find cluster of four volcanoes thought to be about 50m years old

The ancient underwater volcanoes about 250km off the coast of Sydney as sonar mapped by the Investigator research vessel. Link to video

Four enormous underwater volcanoes, thought to be about 50m years old, have been discovered off the coast of Sydney by a team of scientists who were looking for lobster larvae.
The volcano cluster was spotted through sonar mapping of the sea floor by Investigator, Australia’s new ocean-going research vessel, about 250km off the coast.
The four volcanoes are calderas, large bowl-shaped craters caused when a volcano erupts and the land around it collapses. The largest is 1.5km across the rim and rises 700m from the sea floor. The 20km-long volcano cluster is nearly 5km underwater.
Professor Iain Suthers, a marine biologist at the University of NSW, said the volcano discovery was made when the team was searching for nursery grounds for larval lobsters.
“My jaw just dropped,” Suthers told Guardian Australia. “I immediately said, ‘What are they doing there and why didn’t we know about them before?’ It really backs up the statement that we know more about the surface of the moon than our sea floor.
“I’m elated. We went there to look at eddies in the east Australia current and it was completely serendipitous to find this volcano cluster. We can only just imagine what will be around the corner if we continue to scan this area.”
Scientists believe the volcanoes were created by a series of shifts in geological plates that caused Australia to split from New Zealand. Suthers said the area was thought to be “billiard-table flat” but the enhanced mapping capability of the Investigator unveiled the calderas.
The 94-metre Investigator was commissioned by the CSIRO in 2009 via $120m from the federal government. The vessel, which undertook its first sea tests in March, can map the seafloor at any depth, whereas its ageing predecessor, the Southern Surveyor, was limited to 3,000 metres.
Professor Richard Arculus, an igneous petrologist and volcano expert at the Australian National University, said the Investigator’s mapping ability has unveiled an “enormously exciting” discovery.
“They tell us part of the story of how New Zealand and Australia separated around 40m to 80m years ago, and they’ll now help scientists target future exploration of the sea floor to unlock the secrets of the Earth’s crust,” he said.
The team of 28 scientists, led by Suthers, included researchers from NSW, Latrobe, British Columbia, Sydney, Auckland, Technology Sydney and Southern Cross universities. The voyage left Brisbane on 3 June and arrived in Sydney on 18 June.

Suthers said it was “inevitable” that other undiscovered volcanoes were in the region, but the Investigator has funding to operate at sea for only 180 days a year. For the rest of the year it is tied up at a wharf in Hobart.
“We should thank Canberra for the funding we do have but it’s frustrating to build a state-of-the-art vessel only to have it sitting in a wharf for six months of the year,” Suthers said.
“This is a vessel that Australia has been crying out for for decades. It’s an incredibly stable vessel for those of us who are seasick. Usually when you’re hit by four-metre waves you lose a couple of days of research because you’re vomiting.”
A spokeswoman for Ian Macfarlane, the industry and science minister, said the shortfall was because Labor “left absolutely no money in the budget” to operate the Investigator.



‘Mysterious’ extreme warming of oceans baffles scientists

It is increasingly hard to find words which accurately describe the willful blindness of the so called “science” community. How high a price has the planet and global populations already paid for the behavior of the science community? No matter how enormous the global geoengineering “elephant in the room” becomes, no matter how much destruction and devastation the ongoing climate engineering assault causes, the effects are all a big “mystery” to the “experts.” Ocean temperatures are skyrocketing along both coasts of the North American continent causing marine ecosystem collapse (see article posted further down this page). The experts correctly acknowledge that part of the warming is linked to carbon emissions, but then go on to admit “there may also be another explanation, so far undiscovered.” The seas are warming so rapidly that researchers must constantly upgrade charts. The extreme ocean warming off the coasts of North America is clearly visible in the current departure from average sea temperature map below.
Climate engineering is the most dire and immediate threat to the oceans, to us, and to the planet’s life support systems as a whole. Short of nuclear cataclysm, climate engineering is the greatest threat we face. Many blame Fukushima for all the die-off of the Eastern Pacific, but there is much more to what is unfolding. The toxic heavy metal geoengineering aerosols being sprayed from jet aircraft (and the radio frequency transmissions used to manipulate them) are completely altering atmospheric convection, wind currents, ocean currents, ocean “mixing,” and the hydrological cycle as a whole. The climate engineers have actively tried to suppress the El Niño event since at least 2007. The climate engineering is forcing ocean stratification which is contributing to an increasing “canfield ocean” condition. Our oceans are dying, if the oceans die, we die. Though there are countless forms of anthropogenic damage to our biosphere, academia has so far not shown a shred of courage in regard to openly acknowledging the geoengineering assault on the planet. The recently published article below is yet more proof of this fact. It is up to each and every one of us to expose this criminal denial and thus bring climate engineering to light once and for all.

Scientists Detect Mysterious Warming In US Coastal Waters

Unprecedented ocean temperature rises off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the US may be linked to sea level rise or the recent pattern of “weird” weather.
LONDON, 28 June, 2015 − Oceanographers are puzzled by an accelerated burst of warming sea that threatens the fisheries of the American Atlantic coast.
Meanwhile, off the US West coast, scientists report that they have been baffled by a mysterious “blob” of water up to 4°C warmer than the surrounding Pacific, linked to weird weather across the entire country.
Jacob Forsyth and research colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts report in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans that the ocean off the US north-east continental shelf has been warming at unprecedented levels for 13 years.
Their findings came after analysis of data from sensors − called bathythermographs − dropped 14 times a year from the container ship Oleander, which for 37 years has traveled between New Jersey and Bermuda. Each detector takes the temperature of the water column as it sinks up to 700 meters.
Startling discovery
What they were startled to discover was an unexplained, and unprecedented, rise in the water temperatures that may be linked with an equally mysterious sea level anomaly: sea levels are going up, but they are going up faster off the north-east coast of the US than almost anywhere else.
“The warming rate since 2002 is 15 times faster than from the previous 100 years,” says Glen Gawarkiewicz, a WHOI senior scientist and one of the authors of the report.
“There’s just been this incredible acceleration to the warming, and we don’t know if it’s decadal variability or if this trend will continue.”
To make sure of their perspective, the authors compared their analysis with surface data from the Nantucket lightship and other such installations along the coast, from 1880 to 2004. The new study shows that the warming is not just confined to surface waters.
Although there must be some link with the steady rise in atmospheric temperatures because of global warming as a result of human-made carbon dioxide emissions, the oceanographers suspect there may also be another explanation, so far undiscovered.
Off the Pacific coast, meteorologists have been scratching their heads over the appearance in 2014 of a “remarkably” warm patch −  1,500 kilometers across in every direction and 100 meters deep − that could be linked to “weird” weather across the continental US that has seen heat and drought in the west and blizzards and chills in the East.
High pressure ridge
Nicholas Bond,  a research meteorologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues report in Geophysical Research Letters that what they have called “the blob” was linked to a persistent high pressure ridge, linked in turn to a calmer ocean during the last two northern hemisphere winters.
The blob plays a sure role in the West Coast weather. Air sweeping across it picks up heat, and this results in warmer temperatures and lower snowpack in coastal mountains − which certainly stoke up the conditions for drought.
A second study in Geophysical Research Letters links the warm Pacific puzzle to the big freeze in the eastern states in 2013 and 2014.
Once again, there doesn’t seem to be a direct connection with climate change, but it raises the spectre of changes to come.
“This is a taste of what the ocean will be like in future decades,” Dr Bond says.
“It wasn’t caused by global warming, but it’s producing conditions that we think are going to be more common with global warming.” − Climate News Network
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Planetary Meltdown From Formerly Frozen Methane

Our planet is changing at blinding speed toward a state of existence that will no longer support life. If there is not a complete course correction in regard to human activity, total near term global extinction is a mathematical certainty. Industrialized/militarized civilization has virtually no regard for the natural world, it has no regard for the miraculous life support systems of our once thriving biosphere. There is one form of anthropogenic activity that stands out above all others as the epitome of human insanity, climate engineering
aerosol spraying
Our planet is in total meltdown, the ongoing global geoengineering programs are making the situation far worse, not better. Rapidly thawing global methane deposits will very soon determine our collective fate if the releases continue.
Methane leak
As formerly frozen methane hydrate/clathrate deposits on sea and lake beds thaw, the methane migrates to the surface where it can be temporarily trapped in the ice. As global ice deposits melt and recede, more and more methane reaches the atmosphere. In the photo below, methane is temporarily trapped in the ice.
A recent and extremely alarming phenomenon has been occurring in Siberia. Thawing permafrost  is also releasing vast amounts of methane. In some regions subsurface pressure buildup from releasing methane has created massive methane blowholes.
Atmospheric methane is virtually skyrocketing past pre-industrial levels. As methane releases, it fuels "climate feedback loops" that trigger even more methane release.
methane chart
The warming and thawing of methane deposits is now so profound that extremely alarming releases are now occurring in regions where such phenomenon has never been seen before. The 30 second video below is one example, this incident has just occurred in Ontario, Canada

Industrialized civilization in its current form has done horrific damage to Earth and is the primary contributor to the runaway warming that is now occurring. Climate engineering is the pinnacle of industrialized insanity and is fueling the overall planetary meltdown, not mitigating it. If we remain on the current course, "Venus Syndrome" will be the final destination. We must all summon our courage and make every effort to raise critical and credible awareness of our common plight. 

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