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Turkey Buzzard with Outstretched Wings

I took a backpack trip to the beach day before my birthday so I could watch the sunrise on birthday dawn. On the way I saw three turkey buzzards, this one drying its wings. They are magnificent flyers. (iPhone photo. Too bad I didn’t have my real camera with 300mm lens.)

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Southeast Asian Islanders Freedive Over 200 Feet

Photo: Melissa Hardo

Before diving as deep as 230 feet under the sea, the Bajau people put on a pair of wooden goggles. They pick up a set of weights. Then, they take one very big breath.

And they hold it for five minutes or longer.

Commonly called Sea Nomads, the indigenous Bajau people have lived for thousands of years off the coast of Southeast Asia, near Malaysia and the Indonesia archipelago. They commonly live in houseboats, spending hours each day hunting fish or other sea creatures underwater. For centuries, these extraordinary free-diving abilities mystified scientists, as the source of the Sea Nomads’ intuitive breath-holding talents remained unknown.…

A longer article in the New York Times Science section.

From Chime Serra

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