Nature

November 20, 2021

Japanese Waterway Is the Night-Time Hang Out Spot for Hundreds of Luminescent Jellyfish

From cherry blossom festivals (hanami) to “firefly season” (hime-hotaru), Japan is home to many breathtaking natural phenomena. And just when we thought the country couldn’t be any more magical, there's another attraction that looks like something from another world. Overlooking the Sakurajima volcano in a corner of Kinko Bay in Kagoshima city, the Yojirougahama waterway is a gathering place for hundreds of luminescent jellyfish.

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August 23, 2021

Stunning Aerial Photos Capture the Bubble Gum Hues of France’s Salt Fields

Photographer Paolo Pettigiani is known for his infrared images, but in his new series of photos, he didn't need any special lenses to inject some pink into the compositions. The bubble gum hue prevalent in this new work is all natural. It's the work of Dunaliella salina, which is also the name of the series. This micro-algae is plentiful in salt fields like the ones that Pettigiani photographed in the Camargue region of France.

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June 16, 2021

World’s Fifth Ocean Is Officially Recognized as the ‘Southern Ocean’

On June 8, 2021, people around the planet celebrated World Oceans Day. The renowned publication National Geographic had a special way to commemorate this important holiday. The company—which has been a leading mapmaker since 1915—announced that it will now recognize the world's fifth ocean. The Southern Ocean includes the frigid waters around Antarctica. Its official recognition and inclusion on maps is a step towards recognizing the unique importance of this region.

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