Category Archives: Water Sports

World’s famous swimming elephant ~ captivating and hilarious videos!!!

ELEPHANT SWIMMING“Watching the world’s last ocean swimming elephant is a real delight” posted to sploid.gizmodo.com by James Baker
This video (scroll down for videos) features the remarkable 64-year old Rajan, the world’s last ocean swimming elephant who lives on a beautiful archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.
Rajan, who weighs around four tons, once worked hard carrying lumber between islands but is now retired—although he still takes the occasional swim for fun.
It takes ten years to train a working, swimming elephant and it is no longer considered economically viable with the availability of modern transportation. However elephants are still valued workers and this was reflected in the $40,000 price that Rajan’s keepers paid for him. 
They repaid this money through a variety of means including hiring him out on photo shoots to photographers.

Swimming With Elephant Andaman Islands, youtube video posted by Madhu Duggal  

  

 Swimming Elephant HD by Freedom Divers, Phuket

The following youtube video, “Ricky Gervais – Elephants Swimming” is absolutely hilarious!

 

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/watch-this-elephant-swim-with-people-in-a-crystal-clear-1588552292

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The following excerpt and photos are taken from “Fetch your trunks – the only elephant in the world that loves going for a swim in the sea”… by Anna Edwards, published on dailymail.co.uk 12 June 2013…

The retired working animal is the only elephant in the world to swim in the sea, and loves to take a dip off the Andaman Islands, an archipelago that is part of India in the Bay of Bengal.
The Asian elephant is a retired working animal called Rajan and is the only elephant in the world to swim in the seaThe Asian elephant is a retired working animal called Rajan and is the only elephant in the world to swim in the sea.

He was trained to swim to haul logs out to boats off the Islands, but when the practice was banned, enough money was raised to keep Rajan where he was in retirement
He was trained to swim to haul logs out to boats off the Islands, but when the practice was banned, enough money was raised to keep Rajan where he was in retirement.
His duties have been taken up by motor boats and now he just swims for fun and allows divers to have a dip with him.
Photographer Wolfgang Zwicknagl, from Austria said it was amazing what a good swimmer this huge animal is.
Wolfgang, 40, said: ‘We have been told that Rajan goes swimming in the sea just two or three times per month.
‘He is not forced to go into the water and if he doesn’t want to, then you dive alone.
Water baby! Now Rajan just swims for fun and allows divers to take a dip with him
Water baby! Now Rajan just swims for fun and allows divers to take a dip with him.The 64-year-old animal moves perfectly in the ocean and uses his trunk as a snorkelThe 64-year-old animal moves perfectly in the ocean and uses his trunk as a snorkel.
‘But when his Mahout brought him to the beach, he stood there for a minute, took a breath and walked into the ocean.
‘It is almost impossible to explain how amazed we were when he started the dive with us.
‘He moves perfectly in the ocean, using his trunk as a snorkel and moved much quicker than we expected, so taking photos was surprisingly exhausting.
‘The tips of his tusks have been cut slightly as he had some difficulties moving his trunk.’
Wolfgang added: ‘Rajan is a retired working elephant who enjoys his pension on the Andaman Islands.
‘While elephants love in a dip in the river, Rajan is the last and only one who swims in the ocean, as the painful education to do this is not allowed anymore.
Wolfgang Zwicknagl took the pictures in the Andaman Islands, an archipelago that is part of India in the bay of Bengal
Wolfgang Zwicknagl took the pictures in the Andaman Islands, an archipelago that is part of India in the bay of Bengal.
Splashing about: Despite their large frames, elephants are capable swimmersSplashing about: Despite their large frames, elephants are capable swimmers
‘Working elephants have been used at the Andamans for bringing logged trees to boats waiting in the sea and eventually to swim to the next island. This required a cruel education.
The 64-year-old animal, that weighs between three and four tons, was bought into freedom approximately five years ago.
He would have been sold to a temple in south India otherwise to continue his working elephant career.
Wolfgang said: ‘He was definitely less exhausted than us (after the dive).’
Despite their large frames, elephants are capable swimmers.
They have been recorded swimming for up to six hours without touching the bottom, and have travelled as far as 30 miles…
Wolfgang Zwicknagl said the tips of Raajan's tusks have been cut slightly as he had some difficulties moving his trunk
Wolfgang Zwicknagl said the tips of Raajan’s tusks have been cut slightly as he had some difficulties moving his trunk.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2340192/Fetch-trunks–elephant-world-loves-going-swim-sea.html

OTTAWA RIVER KEEPER ~ IMPRESSIVE VIDEO

OTTAWA RIVER

The following video, “Ottawa River Keeper”, was uploaded on Mar. 10, 2008, by Lu Utronki.  This video is designed to bring awareness to the importance of the Ottawa River for sustainability. 

The Ottawa River flows through the provinces of Quebec and Ontario for over 1200 kilometres.  There are almost 2 million people who live throughout the Ottawa River watershed.  To the Algonquin First Nations who lived by its banks and traveled by canoe the river was known as the Kitchi-sippi, meaning “The Great River“.  Visitors such as white water paddlers, fishing enthusiasts and river trippers from around the world looking for a wilderness experience  enjoy the Ottawa River year round.  The Ottawa River is a globally significant river and is part of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence watershed, and is the largest freshwater system in the entire world.

Hope to see you back here for our next blog featuring “Ottawa River Keeper Part 2” and “Alexandra Cousteau on the Ottawa River” – a Youtube video published this year on September 14th.

WALK ON WATER ~ CAPTIVATING!!! ~ COMPELLING!!!

 

WALK ON WATER

When a life-altering skiing accident left Greg Mallory’s legs paralyzed, he turned to kayaking to help him escape his wheelchair. Andy Maser and NRS Films presents this wonderful film ‘Walk on Water’ about this man now Class V whitewater paddler. A creation to discover in the article in video.

YouTube video, published on Feb 17, 2013 ~ ” Walk on Water: A Kayaking Film”

Some great insight into this memorable and inspiring man from a Q &A session of National Geographic article – “A skiing accident left Greg Mallory paralyzed. And though he lost the use of his legs, he did not lose his sense of adventure. Greg found new life on the river in kayaking—and the loyal friends who help him do it. He also returned to skiing and has competed in the Paraolympics twice.  Right now Greg is on a two-year road trip from Oregon to Patagonia with a bunch of friends. Their caravan consists of four luxe Sprinter vans with kitchens, queen-size beds, solar powers, outdoor showers, and, of course, kayaks.”

GREG PHOTOI urge you to read Greg Mallory‘s comments in an interview with Ralph Raymond of rollingpix.blogspot.com ~ enlightening!

More Q&A links ~

http://www.fubiz.net/2013/06/03/walk-on-water/

http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/14/walk-on-water-film-greg-mallory-finds-kayaking-after-a-life-altering-accident/

Tall Tales in Curacao ~ love dolphins!!!

CURACAO DOLPHINS

The Youtube video, “Curacao Sea Aquarium Park”, published on May 18, 2012 is described as follows: ‘Plan a Curacao Sea Aquarium Park vacation for the entire family. Come and enjoy the daily tours at the aquarium with the sea lion show, get a chance to feed the sharks or just enjoy the exciting dolphin show. For the thrill seekers we have the submarine, Curasub, going to 1,000ft deep or interact with a dolphin up close at Dolphin Academy. And the end of the day you can stay in one of the rooms of the boutique hotel, the Dolphin Suites hotel, which is completely adapted to guests with special needs.’

With many thanks and much admiration, the following is a ‘reblog’ , dated July 22, 2013, from my very favorite blogger, Lesley Carter, of Bucket List Publications.

Tall Tales in Curacao.

I would love to be able to swim with dolphins ~ a lifelong dream of mine, so this trip has to go to the top of my bucket list ~ especially if it can be in this Curacao paradise.

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ~ TEAM SHOWBOAT ~ “UNDER THE BIG TOP”

 DRAGON BOAT 2013

DRAGON CUTE GIMPYouTube promotional video for Ottawa‘s upcoming 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival – June 22-24, 2013, published on Jun 7, 2012 by CTVOttawaMorningLiveA dragon boat comes rowing down the street outside of the CTV Morning Live studio, so Jeff Hopper heads out to chat with them!

TEAMThe Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, now North America’s largest festival, began in 1994. Four years later, a charitable component was added to raise funds for local charities. To date, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation has raised over $2.5 million for local charities.

SHOW BOAT LOGOFor several years, under several different names, the members of Showboat have pledged and paddled in the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival.  Sponsored by the Chinatown BIA, Showboat, under the direction of Rick Martin, Kevin Reichstein, Mealanie St. Jean and Stephanie Mayer, consists of 20 paddlers, a few alternates, a steersperson and a drummer. This dynamic Dragon Boat team draws a lot of attention, year after year, as the whole day is spent in themed costumes – obviously this year’s theme is “Under The Big Top”.

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​The vast majority of the teams attending the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival are there for competitive reasons, paddling in various heats in a quest for medals.  Chinatown’s Showboat concentrates on fundraising activities throughout the year to support charities that benefit from the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation.  So far this year Team Showboat has already raised $17,000 in fundraising events such as:

Karaoke Night KARAOKE

Zumba in the park  ZUMBA2

Great Glebe Garage Sale  GLEBE GARAGE SALE

VIP Gala Launch Party        9441VIP GALA LAUNCH PARTY

Drawing from the immense talent that exists in the community, events at various venues around town and the generosity of many Showboat supporters, the team has raised considerable funds. Since 2005, the team raised $82,752.38.

For 2005 through 2007 and again in 2010, the team was recognized by the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival through the Team Spirit Cup award.

I just had to include the following inspirational video I found on YouTube, “Must Watch Dragon Boat Clip!!!”, taken from various dragon boat events in Singapore.  This video was created to show that the sport, dragon boating, is not just about training hard to win, but to enjoy and embrace all the elements that it encompasses ~ Love ~ Pride ~ Unity ~

KAYAK PADDLEGIMPICONDip, dip and swing your paddles

              Flashing with silver

              Follow the wild goose flight

            Dip, dip and swing…

Good luck Team Showboat!KAYAK PADDLEGIMPICON

WOMENS’ WATER POLO GOLD ~ FIRST TIME WIN FOR USA!

WATER POLO ICON2Water polo made its Olympic debut at the Paris Games in 1900. It was not included in 1904, but would be present at each subsequent edition of the Olympic Games.

In the early days, the players rode on floating barrels that resembled mock horses, and swung at the ball with mallet-like sticks. This made it similar to equestrian polo, hence its name.

London 2012 Men’s Olympic Water Polo gold medal team ~

WATER POLO MEN GOLD MEDALGIMPCroatia secured gold in the men’s Water Polo final at London 2012The Balkan outfit have been the outstanding side of the London 2012 tournament, with eight wins from eight matches, and end it as worthy champions.  Their dominance in defence was too much for the Italians, who are reigning world champions.

YouTube video ~Water Polo  Men’s Gold Medal Final – Croatia v Italy Full Replay from the Water Polo Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games. – 12 August 2012, Published on Aug 12, 2012 by

Americans won their first ever Olympic women’s water polo title.  United States secured gold in the women’s Water Polo final at London 2012 against Spain.  Americans finished 3rd in 2004 and 2nd in 2000 and 2008.

YouTube video ~ Water Polo Women’s Semifinal Round – United States v Australia. Full Replay from the Water Polo Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games ~ Published on Aug 7, 2012 by

USA women make a splash for Water Polo Gold – full replay.

http://www.olympic.org/videos/usa-women-make-a-splash-for-water-polo-gold-full-replay

WATER POLO ICON2YouTube video, “a guide to water polo“, uploaded by on Mar 23, 2007 ~”A simple explanation of why water polo is the toughest sport on earth. It’s my first video I’ve ever made. The song is “The Show Must Go On” by Queen. I think it captures the game of water polo well.”

SURF’S UP! O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC

The 2012 O’Neill Coldwater Classic will return to Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, Calif. as an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT) event November 1-11. The world’s best surfers will travel to Northern California for the second to last stop on the 2012 ASP WCT, which may well determine the 2012 World Champion.  With a long and rich history, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane is known for producing powerful and consistent conditions in a classic Northern California setting.  Originating in 1987, the event has taken on various incarnations over the past three decades.  It was once an ASP WCT event (prior to the ASP creating a two-tier system), but for the past few years, it has run as an ASP Star or Prime event.  With this year’s upgrade to the highest echelon of professional surfing, it will not only bring the top caliber of talent to Steamer Lane, but a lofty $425,000 prize purse as well.

O’Neill CWC 2012 – Steamer Lane ~ uploaded by TeamONeill on Oct 1, 2012

 ASP WORLDTOUR STOP # 09 ~ published on Oct 3, 2012 by

This year it has upgraded to an ASP WCT event in celebration of O’Neill’s 60th anniversary. This is the second to the last stop on the World Tour.  O’Neill, founded in 1952 by Jack O’Neill, is known the world over for revolutionizing modern day surfing with the invention of the first wetsuit and many other innovations.
Movie Jack O’Neill ~ Corporate identity Movie Jack O’Neill ~ uploaded by on Jan 29, 2009

O’Neill Sea Odyssey is a non-profit organization located in Santa Cruz, California (California Non-Profit Corporation ID#77-0464784). It was founded in 1996 by wet suit innovator Jack O’Neill and provides students with hands-on lessons on marine habitat and the relationship between the oceans and the environment. The program provides a free education course at the Santa Cruz Harbor to fourth to sixth-grade students, who typically come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

O’Neill CWC 2012 – Sea Odyssey ~ Published on Oct 10, 2012 by

 Link ~http://www.oneill.com/cwc

AUSTRALIA ~ TO CREATE MARINE HAVEN ~ PART 2

In the following breathtaking video, “Australia Great Barrier Reef“, you get a glimpse into the magnitude of the thousands of species that inhabit Australia‘s surrounding ocean ~ Uploaded by on Oct 3, 2009; Music: Tiesto-A Tear in the Open, Chilling Crew-For Better Moments, Tribal Trance-Orance Leopard Moon. Quote from YouTube video information: “My intentions were to make a quality trip video. We took a 4 day liveaboard with Mike Ball Dive expeditions ending up at the amazing Osprey Reef. The diving was incredible.”
This is a truly spectacular video and a must see in FULL SCREEN.  I am so envious of the divers who experience this thrill of a lifetime!

Some interesting data about the species that inhabit the waters of Australia’s ocean and the Great Barrier Reef ~

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world. It consists of more than 2,900 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and thousands of species making it one of the world’s most complex and diverse ecosystems. The animals of the Great Barrier Reef include some 1500 species of marine fish, 360 species of hard corals, between 5000 and 8000 species of mollusks, 600 species of echinoderms, 17 species of sea snakes, 1500 species of sponges, 30 species of whales and dolphins, 6 species of marine turtles, 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds which breed on the reef’s many small islands.

Marine Fish of the Great Barrier Reef

There are more than 1500 species of fish that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. They range in size from the tiny gobies, some of which weigh less than one gram, to the larger bony fishes such as the tuskfish and potato cod, to the massive cartilaginous fishes such as manta rays, tiger sharks and whale sharks. Damselfish, wrasses and tuskfish are among the most abundant fishes on the reef. Other fish of the Great Barrier Reef include blennies, butterfly fish, triggerfish, cowfish, pufferfish, angelfish, anemone fish, coral trout, seahorses, sea perch, sole, scorpion fish, hawkfish and surgeonfish.

Hard Corals of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is home to about 360 species of hard corals including bottlebrush coral, bubble coral, brain coral, mushroom coral, staghorn coral, tabletop coral and needle coral. Hard corals, also known as stony corals, are a group of marine animals that live in shallow tropical waters and are responsible for building the structure of a coral reef. Colonies of hard corals grow in various shapes and sizes such as mounds, plates and branches. As previous coral colonies die, new ones grow on top of the limestone skeletons of their predecessors. Over time, this growth creates the three-dimensional architecture of a coral reef. Colonies of hard corals consist of thousands of small individual invertebrates referred to as coral polyps. Each polyp is radially symmetrical with a tube-like body that has a tentacle-rimmed mouth at the tip that it uses to feed.

Sponges and Echinoderms of the Great Barrier Reef

Over 600 species of echinoderms and more than 1500 species of sponges inhabit the Great Barrier Reef.

Echinoderms are bottom-dwelling marine invertebrates. They exhibit a type of radial symmetry called pentamerous symmetry in which their body can be divided into five equal parts around a central axis. The echinoderms of the Great Barrier Reef include sea urchins, sea cucumbers, sea stars, feather stars and brittle stars.

Sponges of the Great Barrier Reef include the yellow burrowing sponge, tubular sponge, thick yellow fan sponge.

Marine Reptiles of the Great Barrier Reef

There are 23 species of marine reptiles that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef including 6 species of sea turtles and 17 species of sea snakes. Occasionally, the saltwater crocodile also ventures out to forage on the reef, although such visits are quite rare.

The sea turtles that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef include the green turtle, loggerhead turtle, hawksbill turtle, flatback turtle, leatherback turtle and the Pacific ridley turtle. Some sea turtle species, such as the green turtle, loggerhead turtle and hawksbill turtle, nest on coral cays. The flatback turtle nests on continental islands and the green and leatherback turtles nest on mainland Australia. When not nesting, these sea turtle species use the waters of the Great Barrier Reef as foraging grounds.

Among the sea snakes of the Great Barrier Reef are the olive sea snake, the turtle-headed sea snake and the sea krait. All sea snakes are venomous.

Marine Mammals of the Great Barrier Reef

About 30 species of whales and dolphins frequent the waters of the Great Barrier Reef including humpback whales, Irrawaddy river dolphins, minke whales and spinner dolphins. Dugongs also inhabit the reef, feeding on the sea grasses that grow in the shallow inshore waters.

Not all of these marine mammals are permanent residents of the Great Barrier Reef. Minke whales and humpback whales visit the reef in winter. Other rorqual whales such as blue whales, fin whales and sei whales also migrate through the Great Barrier Reef region but do not stay for extended periods of time.

Mollusks of the Great Barrier Reef

More than 5000 species of mollusks live in the Great Barrier Reef. These include giant clams, cone shells, nudibranchs, octopus, cuttlefish and squid.
 
 
 
 

In this video, “Australia to create marine haven”, Australia’s Environment Minister, Tony Burke, unveils plans for the world’s largest network of protective marine parks.  Published on Jun 14, 2012 by

 

VIDEO ~ “Australia to build biggest marine reserve“, posted to YouTube by Al Jazeera‘s Andrew Thomas from Sydney, Australia on Jun 15, 2012 ~ The Australian government has announced the creation of the world’s biggest network of marine parks (3.3 million square metres), covering an overall area the size of “India”

This video, “Marine Life off Perth, Western Australia”, just released by the Ocean’s Institute, University of  Western Australia, showing a sequence of video footage captured off Perth, Western Australia.  The marine life shown in this sequence now has a brighter future thanks to the plan for marine sanctuaries off Australia’s South West. Published on Jul 4, 2012 by

 Once again, I hope you all realize how vital the work being done by the World Resources Institute Insights is and will find a way to support their efforts ~ insights.wri.org. 

SHARK WEEK 2012 ~ SWIM WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS!

To observe Shark Week 2012, I’ve found two incredible videos to share with you that I know you will find to be entertaining and educational.

Why ‘Shark Week‘ Sells

The terror of the deep swims onto television screens this week as the Discovery Channel’s beloved ‘Shark Week’ kicked off Sunday evening. Executive producer Brooke Runnette explains the 25-year success of the Discovery Channel event ~ “The Discovery Channel works with scientists across the world to produce the programming that has made Shark Week the staple of every shark enthusiast’s summer. Runnette says marine biologists often pitch ideas to her and the network provides funding for their projects. Discovery Channel also works with the Ocean and Pew Charitable Trusts to sponsor legislation and public service announcements to promote shark conservation.”  ~ excerpt from: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/08/14/why-shark-week-sells

You will probably be amazed by the wealth of information about the great white sharks shared in the following video ~ CNN’S Anderson Cooper on Assignment for 60 minutes ~ YouTube video, “The Sharkman”  Uploaded by CBSNewsOnline on Jul 24, 2011.

Anderson Cooper dives unprotected with great white sharks and Michael Rutzen, known as “The Sharkman”, a South African who’s spent more time up close with the ocean’s most feared predator than anyone else.

According to Rutzen ,”the great white sharks are far from mindless killing machines – great whites are smart, curious and not out to kill humans.”  He says that when looking for a great white shark he can swim with, he needs one who is calm, curious and one he refers to as a ‘player’ – so relaxed, has a nice personality and woke up on the ‘right side of the reef’.

Another amazing video from YouTube ~ “THE SHARKMAN – Micheal Rutzen Hitches Ride On A Great White Shark“.

Michael Rutzen plunges freely with a great white shark. Rutzen eats, sleeps, breathes and dreams of sharks and is on a one-man crusade to prove that rather than being the crazed man-eater from Jaws they are in fact sociable and approachable creatures to anyone who understands their body language. Uploaded by on Aug 22, 2009

I trust that you enjoyed these videos and will share. Let’s hear from you ~ we appreciate your feedback.

H2O SUMMER FUN AND HILARIOUS MR. BEAN!

We are still not getting a break from the persistent intense heat wave here in Ottawa and surrounding area. According to an Environment Canada Meteorologist, July has been the driest month on record.

YouTube video intro: ‘Now that summer is most definitely here, people are realizing how hot it can really get. So to cool off and relax, French compilation artist zapatou (Luc Bergeron) made this Water Time compilation from famous online videos involving H2O.’

“Water Time – Compilation” – Published on Jul 2, 2012 by
Music: Neopolitan Dreams by Lisa Mitchell (Sound Remedy Remix)
Lisa Mitchell site: http://bit.ly/LpE34Q
Video Editor: Zapatou (Luc Bergeron)

Luc Bergeron facebook: http://on.fb.me/sXXz9X
Zapatou site: http://bit.ly/LpEewY

Zapatou’s comments:
“Hello!,
I really love to discover other people. I’m the kind of person who thinks that you can grow up from other people’s experience.
I have an unconditional passion for video editing, because by this medium I can share my emotions, my feeling to my audiences. By this medium, I can get you into my world.”

“Bonjour,
Je suis une personne qui adore découvrir les autres, car je trouve que c’est le meilleur moyen de m’enrichir moi-même. Depuis l’âge de 2 ans que je vis dans ma bulle et que je m’invente des histoires imaginaires drôles ou dramatiques.
J’ai une passion inconditionnelle pour les montages vidéo, puisque par ce médium je peux faire ressentir des émotions aux autres, en leur partageant une parcelle de mon monde.”

Now for the most hilarious YouTube video I’ve watched in a long, long time ~ Mr Bean at the Swimming Pool“, Uploaded by on Aug 25, 2009

Mr Bean goes to the swimming pool and tries to use the children’s slides. When he gets told off he heads off to the high dive board but is too scared to jump off. Classic Mr Bean clip from ‘The Curse of Mr Bean’.

The first episode of the original Mr Bean series starring Rowan Atkinson was first broadcast on 1st January 1990. Since then Mr Bean has become known all over the world. Created by Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis and Robin Driscoll, there were only 14 episode of the live action series ever made.

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A great cool down video and lots of ‘Mr. Bean’ laughs – hope you enjoyed!

 Why not organize your own H2O fun event?
Have a great weekend everyone.