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Lankan fishermen stay ashore as coastal belt battered by heavy rain, strong winds

COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lankan fishermen had refrained from setting out to sea on Friday (21) after the Met Department warned of heavy rain and strong winds, especially for the coastal areas.Multi-day boats in the Bay of Bengal and North Andaman sea are advised to return to shore or move to safer areas immediately due to strong winds and rough seas.The Met Department warned that a Low-Pressure Area formed over the North Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of the south Andaman Sea & Southeast Bay of Bengal on 20th October 2022.It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and intensify into a Depression over the same region around 22nd October.Fishermen from multiple coastal areas in Sri Lanka refrained from setting out to sea following the warning issued by the Met Department.News 1st correspondents said that the seas in Hikkaduwa were rough, while Galle was experiencing heavy rainfall since Thursday (20) night.Multi-day boats and other smaller boats did not set out to sea from Matara due to bad weather.News 1st correspondents said that Whale Watching Tour operators also suspended operations on Friday (21) due to bad weather.

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Hawaiian man nicknamed 'Dolphin Dave' accused of harassing humpback whale - - county Bay - county Park - state Hawaii - Hawaiian
Hawaiian man nicknamed 'Dolphin Dave' accused of harassing humpback whale
A 65-year-old man from Maui has been cited for harassing wildlife after videos emerged of him swimming close to a humpback whale and pursuing a pod of dolphins on March 5 and 6, (Credit: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources) A Hawaiian man known as "Dolphin Dave" is facing charges after he allegedly harassed wildlife in a state park.The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said 65-year-old David Jiménez of Maui was cited Monday morning at Kealakekua Bay on Hawai‘i Island.This comes after the department's Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement received numerous calls reporting alleged wildlife harassment. Kealakekua Whale & Dolphin Incidents, March 6, from Hawaii DLNR on Vimeo.Wildlife officials said Jiménez was allegedly actively pursuing an adolescent humpback whale and dolphins inside Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.A video recording of a man snorkeling close enough to the adolescent humpback whale to almost touch the whale’s fin was given to authorities Sunday. ‘DISTURBING’ AMOUNT OF PLASTICS, DEBRIS FOUND INSIDE DEAD WHALE IN HAWAIIWhen officers arrived at shore Monday, they recorded Jiménez "actively pursuing a pod of spinner dolphins." They say Jiménez was leading a group chasing the dolphins. Both whales and dolphins are protected by state and federal laws.According to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources,Jiménez refers to himself as "Dolphin Dave," on Facebook, and told their officers he’s not going to stop swimming with whales and dolphins, "because it’s magical and others do much worse things."Jiménez was cited with the harassing wildlife in a state park and performing prohibited acts in regard to endangered whale species.
Navy workshop on Coral Conservation - - Sri Lanka - county Bay
Navy workshop on Coral Conservation
COLOMBO (News 1st); A workshop on “Coral Species Identification and Reef Restoration” intending to broaden the scope of Navy divers, was successfully held at the Command Diving & Salvage Unit (East) in Naval Dockyard Trincomalee and Sandy Bay on 13th and 14th September 2022.The workshop which covered practical and theoretical aspects was conducted by prominent marine biologists and coral restoration experts.The coral ecosystem makes a huge contribution to preserving the biodiversity of the marine environment. Sri Lanka Navy has commenced a Coral Conservation Project and various other initiatives to reduce the damage to this precious coral ecosystem due to natural causes and human activities. Under that, the Navy is expected to restore and conserve the coral ecosystem by creating artificial concrete reefs and growing corals on them, providing breeding sites for fish.The corals that were placed on the artificial concrete reefs previously, under the Navy Coral Conservation Project are currently growing successfully. In the future, opportunities will be open for local and foreign divers to engage in recreational diving at those sites and that will also be a major boost for the promotion of the tourism sector in due course.Ten officers and forty sailors attached to the Sri Lanka Navy’s Diving Unit participated in the workshop, picking the brain of experts on identification and restoration procedures of coral species.