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Any dredgers here work in streams that feed into the ocean?....think about this...

Who 'be' the culprit .......

The Seattle Aquarium was replacing a fish tank. It put a few big fish together, thinking that they could live in peace, never expected to do so has led to great tragedy. Several days after a few sharks were missing, a staff member decided to observe at night, and the result was photographed in this mind-boggling clip.

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Great clip,luv them octapus as yet another example of mother natures divine adaptations. As big and bad as sharks are they die extremely fast when not swimming as they have a great need to keep water flowing through their gills,basking sharks is a small exception. If anyone is in LA, or visiting there, is a righteous museum at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, adjacent to the Long Beach Harbor ,with a 100 or so massive tanks fulla critters,octapi too. Free for just a donation and you will spend hours in awe at the diversity.tidepools,and every kind of critter imaginable-John

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I once saw a show scientific show on TV that had multiple fishtanks in a lab and fish were disappearing from the tanks.

Well they set up cameras and found the tank with an octopus in it was how the fish were disapearing.

The octopus would actually climb out of his own tank and enter the other tanks and get the fish then return to his own tank.

It was amazing to watch that unfold.

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Many years ago Nat Geo had 2 tanks connected together by a small pass throughclear tube , maybe a couple of inches in diamete,r and a HUGE octipi just squeezes on through and got the fish. Absolutely incredible squeeze job!!! Kinda like my last x-wives lawyer.......John

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Decision clears way for Gold Rush-era ship recovery mission

Published June 17, 2012

Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Gold Rush-era mystery could soon be solved, with a recent federal court decision approving a Washington state man's plans to recover cargo from the sunken luxury liner SS Islander -- including any gold on board.

Theodore Jaynes and his company, Ocean Mar Inc., had been fighting since the 1990s for salvage rights to the vessel, which was carrying about 180 people from Skagway, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, when it sank off the coast of Douglas Island in the early morning hours of Aug. 15, 1901. Forty people died, according to a court of inquiry report for the Canadian government.

A 1996 restraining order against Jaynes, obtained by another salvage company with interest in the site, Yukon Recovery LLC, sparked years of legal wrangling that culminated in April with U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland approving Ocean Mar's recovery plan.

Mystery has surrounded the Islander for years, what had been seen as an unsinkable, 240-foot posh liner.

Ocean Mar, in court records filed in 2007, said there was very strong indication, if not solid proof, that the ship ran aground on the south end of Douglas Island, across Gastineau Channel from, Juneau.

A history of the crash, part of a 1992 report on shipwrecks commissioned by the city and borough of Juneau, said there was fog on the waters that night. Ocean Mar said the story of the Islander hitting an iceberg in Lynn Canal appears to be false.

The report also cited rampant rumors around the time of the crash about large amounts of gold having gone down with the ship, which sank 20 minutes after impact.

Jaynes' expedition is hardly the first to try its luck at finding treasure; perhaps the most significant and successful prior attempt came in the 1930s, when a salvage company raised about two-thirds of the Islanders' hull. According to the 1992 report, it cost an estimated $200,000 to beach the ship and the salvagers got about $50,000 in returns.

About 60 feet of the ship's forward section snapped off in the effort, according to court documents, and remained under water.

In a 2007 filing, Ocean Mar said its research had indicated that at least six tons of gold bullion in 25-30 wooden boxes was stored in a passenger cabin. It also said it had found what it believed to be bullion boxes near shore, no deeper than 200 feet.

Gold was trading this week at around $1,619 an ounce.

Holland placed Ocean Mar's recovery plan under seal, saying it contains proprietary, confidential information and its release could hurt the company's ability to carry out the recovery work.

Jaynes' attorney, Jed Powell, told the Puget Sound Business Journal in May that Jaynes is "wary and excited, enthused. One way or another, we're going to know the answer to the SS Islander


He said Ocean Mar under a contract would pay the Salvage Association of London 25 percent of the value of any insured gold that's recovered, to reimburse any insurers that previously might have paid claims.

Powell did not return messages from The Associated Press and efforts to reach Jaynes' were unsuccessful.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/17/decision-clears-way-for-gold-rush-era-ship-recovery-mission/#ixzz1y8oGyiHe

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Some fellas came to my store in the mid 80's trying to get equipment,sponsor and partners for such a expedition,hope this is the fellas getting it done?? I was retiring and selling out soon so passed but..........2nd thoughts yet again..oh well had a ball anyhow-John

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