Surfing heron: enjoying a ride at the San Clemente Pier

While surfing at the San Clemente Pier on Thursday, Jeff Marder rescued a black crowned night heron that was dangling under the deck of the pier, eight to 10 feet above the water, entangled in a strand of old fishing line wrapped around a wooden beam.

Marder explained that in his 35 years of surfing he had never seen anything like it, and was thankful that once the bird was examined, the heron was found to be healthy.

"I was checking him to see if there was any fishing line still attached to him, and he snapped at me a couple of times," Marder said. "That's when I decided to submerge my board under him and gave him a solid place to stand and then proceeded to paddle him to shore.

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Deep Sea Challenge: James Cameron hits rock bottom

James Cameron has successfully dived to the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in the world's oceans. The Oscar-winning director confirmed his historic solo dive in his one-man submersible.

"@JimCameron has surfaced! Congrats to him on his historic solo dive to the ocean's deepest point," said a tweet from his team. Cameron reached Challenger Deep, an area of the Mariana Trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean at more than 10,900 meters (about 35,800 feet).

The Deepsea Challenger is fully equipped with cameras and robotic arms and dive vertically at speeds of 500 to 700 feet per minute where the strong pressure hits 16,000 pounds per square inch.

The dive took two hours and 36 minutes and he has already resurfaced. "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt," Cameron tweeted. "Hitting bottom never felt so good."

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Playa Bahoruco: Dominican Republic surf sanctuary

The Dominican Surfing Federation has launched a sustainability program for Playa Bahoruco, a local top-class surf spot.

The main goal is to cultivate a self-sustainable community for the maintenance and preservation of the beach, for the benefit of its ecosystem, and to strengthen the community and its profile as a naturalistic, tourist and sporting destination.

With training sessions to be conducted regularly throughout 2012, the first daylong meeting included theoretical training and a beach clean-up, and integrated youth from fourteen to twenty-three years of age, from the beaches of Bahoruco, Arroyo, Juan Esteban and La Cienega.

After the theoretical presentation and interactive group discussion, an in-service training program was launched on the beach, for the actions of the classification of existing solid waste (plastics, debris), a complete beach cleaning and its transfer to a storage facility, with the activity concluding late in the evening.

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