Diver Peter van Rodijnen made the video.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Wednesday Aug 13 2014, 08:56 (Update: 13-08-14, 09:46)
Eleven charter boats and three hundred anglers will go counting sharks for research institute Imares the next three days off the coast of Zeeland. The starry smooth hound shark is increasingly seen in the North Sea.
Overfishing made the North Sea emptier for a long time and it seemed to be not a good environment for the shark. The number of starry smoothhound sharks meanwhile appears to increase again. To see how many there are, they are counted now.
From the Neeltje Jans concrete harbour in the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier the boats depart towards the sea. Then, there will be fishing for the sharks. They will get a plastic label in their fins and will be weighed, measured and monitored to determine species and sex. Then, they will go back into the sea.
Skipper Hank Parree participates for the third time in the count, which is held in the Netherlands since 2011 and has provided more than 2000 fish with tags. “The sharks are about 1.20 meters and have no teeth but a kind of sandpaper-like tooth plates. But they are real sharks,” he explained to the NOS Radio 1 News.
The starry smoothhound shark is seen in many places. “They swim in the Bay of Biscay, in Iceland, Scotland and Brittany. Everywhere they are found,” said Parree. Yet there is little information about the animal. This project should change that. “It’s a big operation, all to protect the sharks better”.
Before we reached that bird on 18 January 2014, we went from the Brouwersdam south through Schouwen.
Further south, a small lake where scores of mallards and shoveler ducks swam.
We arrived at Kerkwerve harbour, on the Oosterschelde estuary. A little egret on a mudflat. A kestrel flying. Two shelducks flying.
And common mergansers swimming, which I already mentioned.
More to the west, an avocet. Tufted ducks. A barnacle goose.
Redshanks on a mudflat.
On the bank of a lakelet, a merlin sitting.
Teal swimming. Hundreds of golden plovers flying.
An Egyptian geese couple.
A female smew climbed out of the water.
We continued to a hide, called Turegluren. That name is a wordplay on the Dutch words for redshank and peeking.
Big flocks of golden plovers fly around.
On the other bank of the lake, a peregrine falcon sitting on a pole.
Near a muddy islet, a flock of avocets.
Sometimes, they are flying.
Sometimes, they are looking for food.
Black-tailed godwits join the avocets; and a few shelducks.
See also here.
Along our way, buzzards sitting on poles.
At the Brouwersdam, oystercatchers. Male and female common mergansers swimming.
And curlews standing.
Other long-tailed-duck photos from the Brouwersdam: here.
The duck was not shy.
Male and female goldeneyes swam further away.
Still further away, near the lock, grey seals and herring gulls on a sandbank.
A red-throated diver and red-necked grebes swimming.
Great cormorants sitting on the rocks of the dam.
Stay tuned; as we continued to Schouwen island, where we saw more interesting birds.
Long-tailed and other ducks: here.
This video is called Scotland’s Basking Sharks.
Basking shark skull found in North Sea: here.
This is a video about fungi from the USA.
Recently, fungi growing there have been studied. 329 fungi species grow on the causeway, including very rare ones.
This video from the Philippines says about itself:
Some HD footage of this water bird that migrates to the Philippines.
Common name: Kentish Plover
Scientific name: Charadrius alexandrinus
Habitat – along coast on beaches, and exposed mud or coral flats.
Total length: 175 mm.
BirdLife in the Netherlands reports today that a legacy has enabled them to make new breeding spots for shorebirds, jointly with Natuurmonumenten conservation organisation, between Zierikzee and Burgh-Haamstede on Schouwen-Duiveland island in Zeeland province. They will make islets where the birds will be able to nest safely.
Over 10% of the rare, threatened Kentish plovers in the Netherlands nest on Schouwen-Duiveland.
BirdLife writes about one of three Schouwen-Duiveland areas where work will start in 2014:
In Prommelsluis now, there are 18 species of breeding birds including large numbers of gulls, geese and spoonbills and Red List species such as black-tailed godwit, redshank, skylark and meadow pipit. The construction of an island with seashells in the northern part the area will hopefully tempt the Kentish plover, avocet, ringed plover and various terns to breed.
BirdLife has plans to make Schouwen-Duiveland a better place for partridges as well.
This video says about itself:
Video on how pearls are formed naturally
Built from hexagonal aragonite crystals of calcium carbonate, pearls are formed in clams, oysters and mussels, and are found in many parts of the world. They are usually white, sometimes with a creamy or pinkish tinge, but may be tinted with yellow, green, blue, brown, or black. Black pearls are often highly valued because of their rarity.
Translated from Dutch regional TV Omroep Zeeland today:
Woman finds pearl in oyster
Hannah van den Boomgaard: “When I ate the oysters I felt something hard in my mouth. I thought ait was a small crab, until I put it in my hand, and then it proved to be a real pearl.”
Ms van den Boomgaard had received the oysters from her neighbour who works in the oyster industry. … She wants to put the pearl into a ring. How much the pearl is worth is still unclear.
Biologists say the chance of finding a pearl inside an oyster is one in 10,000.
Jackie Oomen made this video.