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Flotsam & Jetsam

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The Calypso Will Sail Again. Last April, we reported that Jacques Cousteau’s famous research vessel was about to be scrapped due to unresolved squabbles between his family and a French boatyard, where the old boat was languishing. But the Calypso is getting a second chance. The Cousteau Society says that this spring, the “Calypso will be able to leave the . . . shipyard. Restored, she will sail again as an ambassador for the seas and oceans as Captain Cousteau wished.”

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Scary Dive. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio says he owes his life to fellow actor Edward Norton. The two were diving in the Galapagos while filming a documentary about climate change when DiCaprio noticed his tank was out of air. Norton was a great dive buddy -- he stayed close by, rushed over to offer his octopus, and the two made a controlled ascent. Good thing DiCaprio made it -- he recently gave more money to environmental causes, with the biggest chunk ($6 million) going to the ocean-focused nonprofit Oceana and to Skytruth for Global Fishing Watch, a platform that uses satellite data to monitor fishing activities. (If you believe his story, another in the long list of celebrity near-death diving stories, please honk your horn -- your dive horn, that is.)...

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