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MANATEE - Journey to Homosassa Springs and Crystal River Florida to meet the endangered manatees (sea cows) with dozens of manatee photos and engaging stories about manatees. See for yourself what it's like to swim with manatees. Witness the rescue of a manatee injured by a boat along the Homosassa Springs River. Learn more about the manatees we came to meet and document - facts, history, videos, and efforts to protect the endangered gentle-giant of the deep.
MANATEE - Journey to Homosassa Springs and Crystal River Florida to meet the endangered manatees (sea cows) with dozens of manatee photos and engaging stories about manatees. See for yourself what it's like to swim with manatees. Witness the rescue of a manatee injured by a boat along the Homosassa Springs River. Learn more about the manatees we came to meet and document - facts, history, videos, and efforts to protect the endangered gentle-giant of the deep.
Tags: manatee, manatees, real mermaids, manatee swim, sea cows, rescue, florida, mermaids, crystal river, homosassa springs, west indian, endangered species, photos, pictures, photography, marine mamals
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the McCarthy clan and dates from 1446. The noted Blarney Stone is found among the machicolations of the castle. It is claimed that the synonymy of 'Blarney' with 'empty flattery' derives from a circumstance in which Queen Elizabeth I, while requesting an oath of loyalty to retain occupancy of land, received responses from Cormac Teige McCarthy, the Lord of Blarney, which amounted to subtle diplomacy, and promised loyalty to the Queen without 'giving in'. Elizabeth proclaimed that McCarthy was giving her '(a lot of) Blarney', thus apparently giving rise to the legend.
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the McCarthy clan and dates from 1446. The noted Blarney Stone is found among the machicolations of the castle. It is claimed that the synonymy of 'Blarney' with 'empty flattery' derives from a circumstance in which Queen Elizabeth I, while requesting an oath of loyalty to retain occupancy of land, received responses from Cormac Teige McCarthy, the Lord of Blarney, which amounted to subtle diplomacy, and promised loyalty to the Queen without 'giving in'. Elizabeth proclaimed that McCarthy was giving her '(a lot of) Blarney', thus apparently giving rise to the legend.
Tags: Blarney Castle, Blarney Stone, Blarney, Cork, Ireland
Pompeii is a ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples and Caserta in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed, and completely buried, during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in AD 79.
Pompeii is a ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples and Caserta in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed, and completely buried, during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in AD 79.
Tags: pompeii, italy, volcano, rome, naples, herculaneum, ruins
Cabo San Lucas has become an important vacation and spa destination, with a great variety of sites of interest, and timeshares that have been built on the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The distinctive El Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a local landmark. Cabo San Lucas has the largest Marlin tournament in the world. In the winter, pods of whales can be observed in the ocean. They bear their calves in the warm waters there.
Cabo San Lucas has become an important vacation and spa destination, with a great variety of sites of interest, and timeshares that have been built on the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The distinctive El Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a local landmark. Cabo San Lucas has the largest Marlin tournament in the world. In the winter, pods of whales can be observed in the ocean. They bear their calves in the warm waters there.
Tags: cabo, cabo san lucas, los cabos, cabo wabo, scuba, diving, fish, mexico, whales, whale watching
The Maya civilization is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. Initially established during the Preclassic period, many of these reached their apogee of development during the Classic period (c. 250 CE to 900 CE), and continued throughout the Postclassic period until the arrival of the Spanish. At its peak, it was one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world.
The Maya civilization is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. Initially established during the Preclassic period, many of these reached their apogee of development during the Classic period (c. 250 CE to 900 CE), and continued throughout the Postclassic period until the arrival of the Spanish. At its peak, it was one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world.
Tags: belize, mayan, cave, human remains, crystals, maya
His Majesty's Armed Vessel (HMAV) Bounty was a British ship, most well known for the infamous mutiny aboard her in 28 April 1789. The mutiny was the subject of novel Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. A replica of the ship was built for the 1962 film of the same name, and remained active until sinking on October 29, 2012 is the wake of Hurricane Sandy - taking her captain and one of her crew with her.
His Majesty's Armed Vessel (HMAV) Bounty was a British ship, most well known for the infamous mutiny aboard her in 28 April 1789. The mutiny was the subject of novel Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. A replica of the ship was built for the 1962 film of the same name, and remained active until sinking on October 29, 2012 is the wake of Hurricane Sandy - taking her captain and one of her crew with her.
Tags: hms bounty, hmav bounty, mutiny, ship, tall ship, sailing ship, bounty, the tall ship bounty
The Cliffs of Moher rise 120 meters (394 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head (Irish: Ceann na Cailleach), and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O'Brien's Tower, eight kilometres away. The cliffs boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views. On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay, as are the valleys and hills of Connemara.
The Cliffs of Moher rise 120 meters (394 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head (Irish: Ceann na Cailleach), and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O'Brien's Tower, eight kilometres away. The cliffs boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views. On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay, as are the valleys and hills of Connemara.
Tags: Cliffs of Moher, Aillte an Mhothair, Hag's Head, Ceann na Cailleach, hills of Connemara, O'Brien's Tower, County Clare, Ireland
Viljandi (German: Fellin, Polish: Felin) is a town and municipality in southern Estonia. Population 19,870 (2007). It is the capital of Viljandi County. The town was first mentioned in 1283, upon being granted its town charter by Villekinus de Endorpe.
Viljandi (German: Fellin, Polish: Felin) is a town and municipality in southern Estonia. Population 19,870 (2007). It is the capital of Viljandi County. The town was first mentioned in 1283, upon being granted its town charter by Villekinus de Endorpe.
Tags: viljandi, castle, estonia, esti, estonian, europe, eastern europe
The Estonian Open Air Museum (Estonian: Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) is a life-sized reconstruction of an 18th century rural/fishing village, which comes complete with church, inn, schoolhouse, several mills, a fire station, twelve farmyards and net sheds. The site spans 79 hectares of land and contains 72 separate buildings and is located 8km to the west of Tallinn at Rocca al Mare. Established in 1957, the museum showcases 68 farmhouses assembled into twelve farmyards from North, South and West Estonia. Along with the farmyards, old public buildings are arranged singularly and in groups in a way that represents an overview of Estonian vernacular architecture of the past two centuries.
The Estonian Open Air Museum (Estonian: Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) is a life-sized reconstruction of an 18th century rural/fishing village, which comes complete with church, inn, schoolhouse, several mills, a fire station, twelve farmyards and net sheds. The site spans 79 hectares of land and contains 72 separate buildings and is located 8km to the west of Tallinn at Rocca al Mare. Established in 1957, the museum showcases 68 farmhouses assembled into twelve farmyards from North, South and West Estonia. Along with the farmyards, old public buildings are arranged singularly and in groups in a way that represents an overview of Estonian vernacular architecture of the past two centuries.
Tags: estonia, esti, estonian, farms, rural, animals, history, museum, culture, europe, eastern europe
Estonia officially the Republic of Estonia (Estonian: Eesti or Eesti Vabariik) is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Finland across the Gulf of Finland, to the west by Sweden across the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by the Russian Federation (338,6 km). The territory of Estonia covers 45,227 km² and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate.
Estonia officially the Republic of Estonia (Estonian: Eesti or Eesti Vabariik) is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Finland across the Gulf of Finland, to the west by Sweden across the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by the Russian Federation (338,6 km). The territory of Estonia covers 45,227 km² and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate.
Tags: estonia, esti, estonian, farms, rural, animals, europe, eastern europe
Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It lies on the northern coast of Estonia, along the Gulf of Finland. The city is an important industrial, political and cultural center, and seaport. There are currently 33 cities and several town-parish towns in the county. More than 70% of the entire population lives in the towns.
Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It lies on the northern coast of Estonia, along the Gulf of Finland. The city is an important industrial, political and cultural center, and seaport. There are currently 33 cities and several town-parish towns in the county. More than 70% of the entire population lives in the towns.
Tags: tallinn, tallin, baltic, estonia, esti, estonian, europe, eastern europe
The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off of the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 45 miles from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep. It was formed as a limestone cave system during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower. As the ocean began to rise again the caves flooded, and the roof collapsed.
The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off of the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 45 miles from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep. It was formed as a limestone cave system during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower. As the ocean began to rise again the caves flooded, and the roof collapsed.
Tags: belize, great bue hole, ambrigis caye, half moon caye, boobie, sanctuary
The largest islands are North Bimini and South Bimini. The District of Bimini also includes Cay Sal Bank, more than 62 miles (100 km) further south, which is geographically not a part of the Bimini Islands but a separate unit. North Bimini is about seven miles (11 km) long and 700 feet (210 m) wide. Its main settlement is Alice Town, a collection of shops, restaurants, and bars surrounding a single road known as The King's Highway.
The largest islands are North Bimini and South Bimini. The District of Bimini also includes Cay Sal Bank, more than 62 miles (100 km) further south, which is geographically not a part of the Bimini Islands but a separate unit. North Bimini is about seven miles (11 km) long and 700 feet (210 m) wide. Its main settlement is Alice Town, a collection of shops, restaurants, and bars surrounding a single road known as The King's Highway.
Tags: bimini, bahamas, scuba, fountain of youth, reef, fish, diving, swimming
The largest islands are North Bimini and South Bimini. The District of Bimini also includes Cay Sal Bank, more than 62 miles (100 km) further south, which is geographically not a part of the Bimini Islands but a separate unit. North Bimini is about seven miles (11 km) long and 700 feet (210 m) wide. Its main settlement is Alice Town, a collection of shops, restaurants, and bars surrounding a single road known as The King's Highway.
The largest islands are North Bimini and South Bimini. The District of Bimini also includes Cay Sal Bank, more than 62 miles (100 km) further south, which is geographically not a part of the Bimini Islands but a separate unit. North Bimini is about seven miles (11 km) long and 700 feet (210 m) wide. Its main settlement is Alice Town, a collection of shops, restaurants, and bars surrounding a single road known as The King's Highway.
Tags: bimini, bahamas, dolphins, scuba, fountain of youth
The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans, lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. The species originated about 6000 years ago. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, microscopic plants and animals, although the BBC program Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding on a school of small fish.
The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans, lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. The species originated about 6000 years ago. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, microscopic plants and animals, although the BBC program Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding on a school of small fish.
Tags: whale shark, Rhincodon typus, pelagic, whale, shark, largest shark, largest fish, plankton eater
Mainland Spain is dominated by high plateaus and mountain ranges, such as the Sierra Nevada. Running from these heights are several major rivers such as the Tagus, the Ebro, the Duero, the Guadiana and the Guadalquivir. Alluvial plains are found along the coast, the largest of which is that of the Guadalquivir in Andalusia.
Mainland Spain is dominated by high plateaus and mountain ranges, such as the Sierra Nevada. Running from these heights are several major rivers such as the Tagus, the Ebro, the Duero, the Guadiana and the Guadalquivir. Alluvial plains are found along the coast, the largest of which is that of the Guadalquivir in Andalusia.
Tags: spain, vall d'alba, countryside, simon leach, pottery, art, studio
Cozumel is located twelve miles off the southern coast of the Yucatan, just across from Playa del Carmen and nearby Akumal. Cozumel is a destination for people seeking a relaxing, laid back vacation that includes the island's world renowned diving or snorkeling and its fabled coral reefs.
Cozumel is located twelve miles off the southern coast of the Yucatan, just across from Playa del Carmen and nearby Akumal. Cozumel is a destination for people seeking a relaxing, laid back vacation that includes the island's world renowned diving or snorkeling and its fabled coral reefs.
Tags: cozumel, scuba, diving, fish, mexico, whales, whale watching
The horse (Equus caballus) is a hoofed (ungulate) mammal, one of eight living species of the family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began to domesticate horses around 4500 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC; by 2000 BC the use of domesticated horses had spread throughout the Eurasian continent. Although most horses today are domesticated, there are still endangered populations of the Przewalski's Horse, the only remaining true wild horse, as well as more common feral horses which live in the wild but are descended from domesticated ancestors.
The horse (Equus caballus) is a hoofed (ungulate) mammal, one of eight living species of the family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began to domesticate horses around 4500 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC; by 2000 BC the use of domesticated horses had spread throughout the Eurasian continent. Although most horses today are domesticated, there are still endangered populations of the Przewalski's Horse, the only remaining true wild horse, as well as more common feral horses which live in the wild but are descended from domesticated ancestors.
Tags: horse, Equus caballus, breeds, horseback
A cicada is an insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, in the superfamily Cicadoidea, with large eyes wide apart on the head and usually transparent, well-veined wings. There are about 2,500 species of cicada around the world, and many remain unclassified. Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates where they are among the most widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and remarkable acoustic talents. Cicadas are sometimes colloquially called 'locusts', although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are a kind of grasshopper. They are also known as 'jar flies'. Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and spittlebugs. In parts of the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States they are known as 'dry flies' because of the dry shell they leave behind.
A cicada is an insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, in the superfamily Cicadoidea, with large eyes wide apart on the head and usually transparent, well-veined wings. There are about 2,500 species of cicada around the world, and many remain unclassified. Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates where they are among the most widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and remarkable acoustic talents. Cicadas are sometimes colloquially called 'locusts', although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are a kind of grasshopper. They are also known as 'jar flies'. Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and spittlebugs. In parts of the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States they are known as 'dry flies' because of the dry shell they leave behind.
Tags: cicada, insect, locusts, jar flies, timbals, Hemiptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Cicadoidea
Throughout her long history of service, the Orion was decorated by her sailors, often in public places with messages and hand-painted artwork. Sometimes the art was functional, sometimes it just passed the time and demonstrated a sense of pride the crew had in the work that they did. Here is a small collection of some of the last bits of art that remained on Orion after her decommissioning. Orion was ultimately cut apart in Dundalk, Maryland. At that time, the crew at the boneyard took notice of the paintings, and remarked that this ship was surely loved by her crew.
Throughout her long history of service, the Orion was decorated by her sailors, often in public places with messages and hand-painted artwork. Sometimes the art was functional, sometimes it just passed the time and demonstrated a sense of pride the crew had in the work that they did. Here is a small collection of some of the last bits of art that remained on Orion after her decommissioning. Orion was ultimately cut apart in Dundalk, Maryland. At that time, the crew at the boneyard took notice of the paintings, and remarked that this ship was surely loved by her crew.
Tags: uss orion, orion, as-18, submarine, tender, repair, ship, navy, us navy
Orion again changed homeport to La Maddalena, Italy, servicing ships of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea until 1993, when she was relieved by the USS Simon Lake (AS-33). Orion returned to the United States and was decommissioned September 3, 1993. Ex-Orion was transferred to the Maritime Administration for storage 1 May 1999 and sold to North American Ship Recycling, Baltimore, Maryland to be dismantled on 27 July 2006.
Orion again changed homeport to La Maddalena, Italy, servicing ships of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea until 1993, when she was relieved by the USS Simon Lake (AS-33). Orion returned to the United States and was decommissioned September 3, 1993. Ex-Orion was transferred to the Maritime Administration for storage 1 May 1999 and sold to North American Ship Recycling, Baltimore, Maryland to be dismantled on 27 July 2006.
Tags: uss orion as-18, orion as-18, as-18, uss orion, james river reserve fleet, james river reserve, mothballed
Orion returned to the United States and was decommissioned September 3, 1993. At the time of her decommissioning in 1993, Orion was the oldest active ship in the US Navy's fleet. Accordingly, she flew the 'Don't Tread On Me' flag toward the end of her service. Ex-Orion was transferred to the Maritime Administration for storage 1 May 1999 and sold to North American Ship Recycling, Baltimore, Maryland to be dismantled on 27 July 2006.
Orion returned to the United States and was decommissioned September 3, 1993. At the time of her decommissioning in 1993, Orion was the oldest active ship in the US Navy's fleet. Accordingly, she flew the 'Don't Tread On Me' flag toward the end of her service. Ex-Orion was transferred to the Maritime Administration for storage 1 May 1999 and sold to North American Ship Recycling, Baltimore, Maryland to be dismantled on 27 July 2006.
Tags: uss orion, orion, as-18, submarine, tender, repair, ship, navy, us navy
Orion returned to the United States and was decommissioned September 3, 1993. At the time of her decommissioning in 1993, Orion was the oldest active ship in the US Navy's fleet. Accordingly, she flew the 'Don't Tread On Me' flag toward the end of her service. Ex-Orion was transferred to the Maritime Administration for storage 1 May 1999 and sold to North American Ship Recycling, Baltimore, Maryland to be dismantled on 27 July 2006.
Orion returned to the United States and was decommissioned September 3, 1993. At the time of her decommissioning in 1993, Orion was the oldest active ship in the US Navy's fleet. Accordingly, she flew the 'Don't Tread On Me' flag toward the end of her service. Ex-Orion was transferred to the Maritime Administration for storage 1 May 1999 and sold to North American Ship Recycling, Baltimore, Maryland to be dismantled on 27 July 2006.
Tags: uss orion, orion, as-18, submarine, tender, repair, ship, navy, us navy
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