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Flotsam & Jetsam

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More Unwelcome Immigrants. It's very pleasant to be diving among a colorful school of orange-striped Mayan cichlids that dart among the boldly spotted tilapia and ruby-colored African jewelfish, but not if you're out in Florida's Big Cypress swamp. It seems these exotic fish, originally dumped by aquarium owners or perhaps escapees from fish farms, are now found in the remote canals criss-crossing the Florida Everglades. These invasive species, of which around three dozen have taken up residence, reproduce faster than native species and hunt in small packs, devouring crayfish.

A Big Fine for Aussie Dive Operation. A dive company in the Whitsunday Islands, North Queensland, has been fined Aus$160,000 (US$120,000) following the death of a British tourist in 2015. The 23-year-old victim, Bethany Farrell, was taking part in an introductory dive with Wings Diving Adventures when she became separated and was later found drowned. In sentencing the company, the magistrate noted that diving is a high-risk activity and that the victim relied on the company for her health and safety. Such action is rarely taken in the U.S. ...

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