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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Galapagos Liveaboard Runs Aground and Sinks. Subscriber Dennis Smith was scheduled to do a Galapagos dive trip with the Majestic Explorer (formerly the MN Galápagos Majestic ), but was just notified by Explorer Ventures that the boat had run aground May 31 near Cousins Rock, off the northeastern coast of Santiago Island (that's not far from where the Galápagos Aggressor I ran aground in 2013). The Majestic Explorer's hull was breached in the bow area; all 26 passengers and crew were safely rescued before the ship capsized and sank with two tons of fuel on board. No injuries were reported.

Underwater Pole Dancing. It's the latest craze, according to Russia Today. Despite failed attempts to get conventional pole dancing accepted for the Paris Olympics in 2024, underwater pole dancing has a growing group of devotees. It's similar to traditional pole dancing -- acrobatics and dancing performed on a vertical pole -- but the water lets dancers float and hold their poses for a much longer time than when performed on land. And they have to do all this while holding their breath. Seems like that would get more TV viewers than badminton or trampoline, both of which are official Summer Olympics sports....


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