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Watch a Family of Bottlenose Dolphins Rescue a Struggling Seal Pup Under Siege off Canada

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Screenshot from the Oasis HD video below.

The seal cub, either tired, confused or frightened, was lagging off the coast of Canada when a few gulls prepared to gang up on the lagging pup.

Suddenly, as is their mysterious wont, a family of bottlenose dolphins appeared and encouraged the young pup to keep swimming with a series of gentle nudges.

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Semper Paratus: Watch The USCG Coordinate the Rescue of 36 Fishermen from a Burning Vessel. . .Over 2,000 Miles Southwest of Hawaii

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Credit: USCG. Video below.

The United States Coast Guard’s 14th District in Hawaii is responsible for a 12.2 million square mile swathe of land and sea (that’s almost twice the size of Russia). When the 70 meter (230-foot) fishing vessel Glory Pacific No. 8 activated their EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), it was the USCG’s responsibility to organize the rescue of the Papua New Guinea-flagged ship, which had caught fire 2,071 miles southwest of Hawaii.

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The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) Is Heading to Asia to Rescue Rohingya Migrants in the Bay of Bengal

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Above: “An exhausted refugee rests his eyes before being brought on board the Phoenix in the Mediterranean.” Photo: Christopher Miller/Mashable.

The Rohingyas are a group of Muslims living in the Rakhine state of Myanmar (Burma), bordering Bangladesh. Effectively, they are a nationless people, and are considered to be among the most politically persecuted religious minorities in the world. Like migrants in the Mediterranean, they’re taking to the high seas in decrepit old vessels, and they need help.

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Last Man Off: Author and Shipwreck Survivor Matt Lewis Discusses Disaster, Survival and Regret in the Southern Ocean

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Above: Likely the last (recoverable) photo taken of the Sudur Havid. All of Mr. Lewis’ photos from the voyage lie beneath the South Atlantic, somewhere to the west-northwest of South Georgia Island.

In April of 1998, a 23-year-old marine biologist named Matt Lewis boarded the Sudur Havid, a commercial fishing vessel headed for the Southern Ocean in search of Patagonian toothfish (better known for its more common market name, “Chilean sea bass”). He was to be a scientific observer, documenting the vessel’s catch. It was his first job out of school.

The vessel was to spend several months at sea between the Roaring Forties, the Furious Fifties and the Screaming Sixties, great conveyor belts of wind and current, named in reference to the almost constant 40-60-knot winds and 40-60-foot seas that occur within those southern latitudes. It was an adventurous gig – the kind of thing a young, freshly lettered bachelor is supposed to get himself into.

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“With my mum and sister in Somerset before the trip, 1997. I know: bad hair, dreadful beard, but I was young.” Photo courtesy of Matt Lewis.

Two months into the excursion, the Sudur Havid was off South Georgia Island in a heavy storm, possibly overloaded, but continuing to fish, per usual, when the ship’s factory (where the fish are processed and frozen) began to take on water. The inboard pumps, which were used to drain the factory, became clogged, and stopped working. Slowly, the ship began to list, and the reality that she would have no chance of making port set in amongst the crew. South Georgia Island was 170 miles away–too far for helivac–and South Africa and South America were both well over 1,000 miles away.

Now it was a nightmare.

The ship, which Lewis, junior amongst the crew, had assumed was prepared for such an emergency, was carrying unserviced life rafts and no survival suits. The water over the rail was as good as freezing, about 32.5° fahrenheit (~0.25° celsius)–a temperature at which even a healthy human body can last no more than 45 minutes.

“When you’re in trouble, you pull together, fight together, try to laugh and keep your spirits up. But there’s only so much you can do when the water is so cold.”

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How One Boat Is Rescuing Thousands of Migrants and Refugees in the Mediterranean

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Above:  The Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) heads out to sea in search of migrants in distress. Last year alone, they rescued more than 3,000 people within two months. As of today, that count has risen to over 11,000. Screenshot from MOAS/AJ+’s video (below).

Earlier this year, we posted about Louisiana businessmen, humanitarian and adventurer Christopher Catrambone and wife Maria Luisa Catrambone who invested $8 million to cofound the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) last year because the EU and other European governments were, well . . . being governments, evading the crisis at their doorsteps.

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Watch a Huge Atlantic Swell Break a Cargo Ship in Two Along the Rocks off Bayonne, France

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“This ship didn’t stand a chance.” – Rob Alameida, gCaptain, Maritime and Offshore News. The footage was taken last year along the river mouth near Anglet, France. Screenshot from BTP video (below).

This Spanish cargo ship lost power, unfortunately during a large swell, and was blown right into the jetty of a river mouth on France’s southwest Atlantic coast, a place revered by big wave surfers, but feared by ship captains for obvious reasons.

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A Scuttlefish Exclusive. Watch the Amazing Release of Two Charleston Sea Turtles Into the Gulf Stream – From the Water.

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Above: one of two loggerhead sea turtles rehabilitated at South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program is released into the open ocean on April 10th. Photo courtesy: Jonathan Cummings and the South Carolina Aquarium.

Two loggerhead sea turtles rescued last summer have been rehabilitated, and were successfully reintroduced to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday afternoon, April 10th, 40 miles off Charleston, South Carolina.

“Lazarus, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, was admitted to the Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital in June of last year after being found emaciated, lethargic, and near death in Garden City, S.C.  Blood work indicated the turtle was suffering from severe anemia, hypoproteinemia and hypoglycemia,” reports the South Carolina Aquarium. Despite intensive care, Lazarus remained in critical condition, and like his biblical namesake, was literally raised from the dead. Twice.

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The open sea and new lease on life. Nothing better. Screenshot from Jonathan Cummings.

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This Is How the US Coast Guard Prepares Rescue Swimmers for Hurricanes and Sinking Ships

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Photo: Robb Scharetg/Popular Mechanics

Roughly 120 applicants people apply to become rescue swimmers for the US Coast Guard in Elizabeth City, North Carolina each year, but only about 25 make the cut and become certified rescue swimmers. This little $25 million pool helps decide who passes.

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Photo: Robb Scharetg/Popular Mechanics

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