Cross-posted from NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries' website.
Less than a hundred miles south of the reefs and mangrove forests of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary lay the marine ecosystems of Cuba. Though managed by different nations, these ecosystems are bound together by ocean currents and animal migrations.
There’s no bigger fish — or ship — in the sea.
The world’s largest cruise ship, the Harmony of the Seas, arrived in Southampton, England Tuesday morning after making its maiden voyage from France. The 362-metre-long, 16-deck Royal Caribbean boat has been dubbed a floating city and is the first of its kind.
Costing over US$1 billion to build, the 226,000-ton ship is longer than the Eiffel Tower laying down. It can carry nearly 7,000 passengers, is stacked with 2,300 crew members and is home to the tallest water slide ever built on a ship.
Sri Lanka said Thursday it planned to set up sanctuaries for stray dogs in a bid to remove them from the streets and tackle a growing rabies problem.The mainly Buddhist nation has banned the killing of stray dogs since 2005 but is spending over five million dollars annually to treat dog bite victims, the health ministry said."We want to keep stray dogs in sanctuaries so that public areas can be safer for people," a ministry official told AFP, adding that the first open-air shelter will be in the north-central Buddhist pilgrim town of Anuradhapura.
As I continue to ponder reported rising retail sales, I note that Bloomberg reports New Jersey Jobless Rate Increases to 35-Year High of 9.8%New Jersey’s unemployment rate jumped to a 35-year high of 9.8 percent in July, the state Labor Department said.