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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Despite the Virus Lockdown the British Coastguard Service caught a scuba diver spearfishing under Brighton's Palace Pier on the south coast of England on Easter weekend. A spokesman for the Service told how both the police and the coastguards issued strong words of advice: "Please stay at home, protect us and other emergency services, and avoid overloading the national health service."

Bog Snorkeling in South Wales might take a hit from the lockdown if it continues into August. It sounds like some type of twisted military punishment, but every year crowds flock to watch, and contestants come from all over the world to participate in a race of more than 300 yards against the clock under the surface of a bog , an area of a wetland that accumulates peat, a deposit of dead plant material -- often sphagnum mosses. Conventional swimming strokes are not allowed and they do it for fun. It's now planned to be part of a bog snorkeling triathlon....

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