San Miguel: the birthplace of Mexican surfing | Photo: Serge Dedina

The Save the Waves Coalition is asking surfers to sign a petition supporting the approval of the proposed 58 hectare Arroyo San Miguel State Park, in Baja California, Mexico.

The creation of the first state park in the region will protect six kilometers of watershed that drain at the river mouth at San Miguel beach, and provide safe drinking water for 400 local residents.

San Miguel is the birthplace of Mexican surfing, with over 60 years of wave riding. It remains a rite of passage for Baja surf adventurers. The protection of this iconic point break is part of the declaration of Bahía de Todos Santos as the sixth World Surfing Reserve.

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Black Sea Devil: rare and strange

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) captured the first-ever images of a female anglerfish, also known as Black Sea Devil.

Scientists spotted the deep-sea predator 2,000 feet (610 meters) below the surface in the dark waters of Monterey Bay, in California. The anglerfish, named Melanocetus, is nine centimeters (3.5 inches) long.

The MBARI remotely operated underwater vehicle led by Bruce Robison came across the Black Sea Devil on the 17th November. The specimen is rare and usually found in tropical to temperate waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.

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Map of Dead Zones: climate change is killing marine life | Illustration: Smithsonian Institution

A study led by the Smithsonian Institution concluded that nearly all ocean dead zones will increase by the end of the century because of climate change.

Dead zones are areas in the ocean where oxygen levels are so low that marine life either dies or leaves the area. In other words, they are healthy marine environments that became uninhabitable.

Global warming plays a critical role in the development of dead zones because, as temperatures increase, marine life needs more oxygen to survive. Scientists believe dead zones have doubled every ten years, since the 1960s.

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